Cookie Dough Brownies

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A bunch of our friends met for dinner at the Pier 70 Café last night.   It was a picture perfect night,  not too hot and with a beautiful sunset.  This has become a summer tradition for us and it’s nice because in addition to our own gang, we always bump into more friends whenever we go there.   It’s a great place to take the kids;  they have a nice kids menu, and after eating they can run around on the pier while the adults have a drink and grab a bite to eat.   The  café specializes in burgers and fries.   Dessert is not their specialty, and their sweet offerings are quite limited.

Give me an outdoor event with friends and what do I immediately think?   Dessert!   Since we had a fairly big crowd, I thought about making these bar cookies, but I always enjoy trying new recipes so I found this one on Tastespotting.    Everyone that tried them last night really liked them.   Several friends had seconds which is always a good sign.   In my opinion, it’s hard to go wrong with a combination of brownies and cookie dough.   I love the fact that the cookie dough layer is made sans eggs since it’s not cooked.

I had one tiny bit of trouble with the recipe, but it worked out fine in the end.   I tried to melt the chocolate chips and butter in the microwave, but for some reason the chocolate seized.   I expected to pull the bowl out of the microwave with the chips nicely melted.   What I pulled out was completely different.  The chocolate had almost hardened, even with the butter mixed into it.   Not sure what happened to it, so I dumped it in a pan, added a little water (excellent suggestion from my husband) and melted it on the stove.  With the addition of a little water, the chocolate melted nicely.

If you’re looking for a brownie recipe with a twist, try these.  They’re delicious.

After doing some research, I think I figured out why my chips didn’t melt.   They got too hot.   Apparently when chocolate gets too hot, it seizes.   I should have used the “melt” setting on the microwave and stirred the chocolate more frequently.   I was in a rush to leave last night, so I threw the chips and butter in the microwave on full power for 60 seconds, thinking I’d have nicely melted chocolate at the end…    There’s definitely a reason for the “melt” setting on a microwave, and for the fact that it takes a bit longer.   Now I know for next time.

Cookie-Dough Brownies
Recipe from Shannalee at Food Loves Writing

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

(for cookie dough/filling:)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour

(for glaze)
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons butter

MAKE THE BROWNIE LAYER:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9 X 13 pan. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine sugar, cocoa, flour and salt. Add oil, eggs and vanilla, and beat on medium speed for about three minutes. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.

MAKE THE COOKIE DOUGH/FILLING:
In a medium bowl, combine butter with white and brown sugars. Add milk and vanilla and mix until combined. Then add the flour. Spread this over the cooled brownies and then top with glaze.

MAKE THE GLAZE:
Melt the chips and butter until lightly melted, but with chunks of chocolate still in tact. Spread over brownies.

Yield:  ~24 bars

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8 comments to Cookie Dough Brownies

  • Beautiful! Glad you enjoyed these – though I’m sorry about the microwave trouble!

  • Winnish

    Is should be delicious, but don’t you bake again after spreading the cookie dough/filling over the broweies??

  • No, you don’t cook the brownies again when the cookie dough layer goes on. And yes, they really are delicious. The cookie dough layer is like unbaked cookie dough (without the eggs).

  • Winnish

    Thank you for your quick answer. I have to say that this weird because it means eating unbaked flour! I’m a bit hesitate…

  • I have to say that these did not come out the way that i had hoped for. I found the brownie layer to be a bit dull even though i added chunks of chocolate. The unbaked dough was great though (i added peppermint chocolate), and i might try this again using another brownie, cause the idea is brilliant.

  • Hannah

    I have to agree with Anna, these did not come out the way I hoped. I used a box mix for the brownies… I think that was an easier substitute. The cookie dough layer didn’t cover the entire pan, so I had gaps where there was no cookie dough. It was really good. Rave reviews from family. I think fudge would be yummy on top instead of just chocolate. Thanks!

  • Colleen

    I made these around Valentine’s Day. I was also a little short on the cookie dough layer, but I thought they were great! I shared them with my teacher friends at work…everyone loved the chocolate fix! 🙂

  • Aaryn

    Wow! 340 calories per one bar!!! ahhh i hope they are worth it!!!!!!!!!!

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