Friday, August 29, 2014

Cookie Dough Brownies

When it comes to desserts there is an endless array of options.  There are desserts out there to suit every taste.  Pies, cakes, cookies, pastries, ice cream, bars; the list truly goes on and on.
Every person has their own favorite dessert that is their "go to".  My brother and dad are pie people, my mom could (and does) scoop buttercream out of the bowl by the spoon fulls, so buttercream along with anything chocolate is her forte, my sister-in-law is a cake person (white on white to be precise).  Then there are people like me, I don't really have one particular dessert that is my go to.  What I want truly depends on my mood.  Sometimes I want bars, other times I want a pastry of some sort, and then other times I want just a plain ol' fudgy brownie.
Even when it comes to a particular type of dessert, there are all sorts of opinions and tastes that go along with that.  Some people want thin crunchy cookies, while others want thick and chewy cookies.  Some people want cake like brownies, while others prefer gooey, stick-to-your-teeth brownies that can only be washed down with a big glass of cold milk.
Two of my all-time favorite desserts are brownies and chocolate chip cookies.  While I do love experimenting with new recipes, sometimes you just can't beat the classics.  And it honestly doesn't get more classic than those two.  What could be better?
Well, how about combining the two.  What about thick, fudgy brownies that are frosting with (eggless) chocolate chip cookie dough?  Sounds too good to be true, right?  I thought so too until I came across just such a thing on The Hub of Our Home.
Tanna managed to combine two of my ultimate favorites into one dessert.  Cookie dough, which I could truly eat a whole batch straight from the bowl, piled high on brownies.  Folks, these things are what dreams are truly made of.

The next time you find yourself in the horrible dilemma of brownies versus cookies, remember there's a solution.  You don't have to choose now.  Now you can quench two cravings with one dessert with these cookie dough frosted brownies!

Cookie Dough Brownies

For the brownies-
1/2 Cup butter, melted
3/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup brown sugar
2 Eggs
3/4 Tsp vanilla
1/4 Cup cocoa powder
1/2 Tsp baking powder
1/4 Tsp salt
1 Cup + 1 Tbsp flour

For the cookie dough frosting-
 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 Cup brown sugar
1 Tsp vanilla
1 Cup + 2 Tbsp flour
1/2 Tsp salt
5 Tbsp milk
1 Cup mini chocolate chips


For the brownies-
Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 8x8 pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Combine butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl and mix until completely combined.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Add vanilla and mix to combine.  Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt and mix to combine.  Once ingredients are completely incorporated  pour in the prepared baking dish.  Place in the preheated oven and bake for 25-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Remove and allow to cool completely.

For the frosting-
Combine butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat on high until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and mix to combine.  Add the flout and salt and mix until just incorporated.  Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is soft yet slightly thick.  Add chocolate chips and mix until just incorporated.  Spread on the cooled brownies and serve!

Recipe source: slightly adapted from The Hub of our Home

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