Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies


This recipe hardly needs an introduction. Something with the title chocolate chip cookie brownie essentially sells itself. In fact, after coming across the recipe over at Pinch of Yum, I was immediately sold and started baking immediately. I'll keep this post short and sweet so that you can do the same!



Indulgent, chewy, thick, and decadent, this dessert combines the best of two worlds - chocolate chip cookies and brownies. Can you get any better than this? I don't think so either. Enjoy!



Paula's Notes: 

  1. As Lindsey explains over at Pinch of Yum, this recipe works best with a boxed brownie mix, as homemade brownies (though ridiculously tasty) tend to sink in the middle while cooking.  That being said, feel free to experiment with your own favorite homemade recipe. If you're looking for a tasty one, this is my favorite.
  2. If you're looking for an incredibly thick brownie, bake these in an 8x8 or 9x9 pan. If you like them a bit thinner, try a 9x11.
  3. You will use about 2/3 of the chocolate chip cookie dough for the recipe. I made about 12 additional cookies with the extra dough; the cookies are delish on their own and freeze quite well.
  4. Finally, Lindsey baked her brownies at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (the first 20 minutes uncovered, the next 10 minutes covered with foil, and the last five minutes uncovered.) I followed this advice, but after 35 minutes I still had brownie soup and ended up cooking mine for about an hour total. I'm not sure why that happened, but I recommend checking your brownies with a toothpick starting around 35-40 minutes and see how they're doing. Don't be alarmed if they are still quite undercooked. The toothpick should come out relatively clean with only a few spare crumbs attached. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Yield: 16 Brownies
Total time: 45-65 minutes (see note #4 above)
Recipe barely adapted from: Pinch of Yum
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter - softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar - packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup + 2 tbls. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 18.9 ounce brownie mix - I used Ghirardelli Double Chocolate
    • Eggs, oil and water required for mix.
    • See note #1 above
Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer, cream together butter and sugars.
  3. Add in egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Incorporate dry ingredients into wet until just combined.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Prepare brownie batter according to the package instructions.
  8. Pour batter into pan sprayed with cooking spray. (See note #2 above)
  9. Crumble cookie dough over the brownie layer, covering entirely. Remember, you will likely only use about 2/3 of the dough. (See note #3 above)
  10. Place brownies in oven and bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes.
  11. Cover brownies with tinfoil and continue baking an additional 10-15 minutes. 
  12. Check your brownies with toothpick. If they are finished baking, remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes before serving. Otherwise, continue baking until fully cooked. (See note #4 above)

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