Monday, January 9, 2012

Cookie Dough Brownies

Before stumbling across What's Cooking on The Nest, I didn't really bake anything unless it came out of a box.  Cheesecakes were not thought of, and brownies from scratch were definitely not on the list.

During the three day weekend, I recently came across Eva Bakes, and saw that she has some great baking stuff on her blog.  I'm going to attempt her fudge and the Snickerdoodles later this week too.  But, I love brownies, and these seemed like the perfect dessert for a New Years get together we were going to (and hopefully they didn't ruin anyone's New Years' resolutions).

Cookie Dough Brownies
from Eva Bakes
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips

Cookie Dough:
3 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
9 tbsp milk
3 cups flour
3 cups chocolate chips 

Prepare Brownies:
1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan
2) In a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat briefly, just until it's hot, but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.
3) Transfer the sugar mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl, if you've heated it in a saucepan. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla.
4) Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth.
5) Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth.
6) Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan.
7) Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes (mine took 45 minutes at high altitude), until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked. Remove them from the oven and cool completely on a rack.

Cookie dough:
1) Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
2) Beat in milk.
3) With mixer on low, add flour and mix until well combined.
4) Stir in mini chocolate chips.

To assemble:
Spread the cookie dough onto the cooled brownies.

Chill the brownies until the cookie dough is firm. Cut into bars and serve.

I got a lot of "Oh yeah, these are awesome" while people were eating these.  I think they are very rich, so I always made sure I had a glass of milk within reach of my brownie.  People loved the fact that they were so chocolatey (with five cups of chocolate chips, they kind of have to be chocolatey).  They are the chocolate lovers best friend, and a great treat for any party.

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