Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies...heavenly!!
I've seen recipes for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough dips, spreads, and frostings, but never felt compelled to make them myself. Cookie Dough is so delicious that I did not need to know how to make it solely for eating the dough (without eggs) and never baking cookies. But then my best friend Pam found this recipe and shared it on Facebook with her fiance Chris, joking that they should have this instead of wedding cake.
Side note: did you know that Pam, my former roommate and best friend, is engaged? Well, she is and it's super exciting! No doubt I'll have posts that refer to that in the future! Chris proposed over Memorial Day weekend and it is such a relief to not have to keep that ring a secret anymore! I'm so excited to be a part of their special day! :)

Anyway, that Facebook post got me thinking and part of me wanted to try this recipe out. Then, a few weeks later, I really wanted to bake something and Pam suggested these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies from Recipe Girl. Her best friend Joy was getting into town and Chris was in soccer camp, so we had plenty of people that I could share this creation with, so that my roommate Margaret and I wouldn't eat all of them! I knew they'd be dangerous in our apartment, so I had to have a plan for sharing!

Turns out they were one of the most phenomenal and sinful treats ever. I am wary of new brownie recipes, but this one is spectacular. It is the perfect density. It's fudgy and chocolate, and firm enough to support a massive layer of cookie dough on top. And the cookie dough? It's perfect too. Honestly, it tastes just like cookie dough I would make to actually bake cookies, but there are no eggs. This layered brownie creation is best served cold, so the cookie dough is firm.

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies got rave reviews from Chris' soccer team (the US Paralympic Soccer big deal) and my friends. I'm grateful to Pam for finding this recipe! Thank you! Oh, and please note that my pictures are of a doubled recipe, since I was feeding a soccer team, but the recipe below is just for one pan! :)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature or almost melted
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup miniature chocolate chips
additional miniature chocolate chips, if desired (to garnish the top)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x9-inch pan with nonstick spray, then line with a strip of parchment paper so that it covers the bottom and comes up two sides of the pan. Spray the parchment with nonstick spray too.

In the top of a double boiler or pan set on top of a pan of simmering water, melt butter and chocolate chips together until all is melted and smooth.

Nothing beats melting butter and chocolate together!
Whisk in the sugars, then whisk in the eggs, vanilla and salt. 
Whisk me away to sweetness! Haha. :)
Going counterclockwise: egg, salt, vanilla. :)
Sift flour into the bowl and mix. 
You can't tell in this picture, but I did sift the flour!
Pour brownie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the brownie layer is cooked through (toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean). Place the pan of brownies in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process (or cool at room temperature and add the cookie dough layer later).
Ready for the oven! Remember, I made a double batch...
Brownie perfection! I probably could have just stopped here, but I didn't. :)
Once the brownies have cooled and are firm, begin preparing the cookie dough. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter, sugars, and salt until soft and creamy. 
This is exactly what I would do if I intended to make cookies!
Mix in the milk and vanilla. Add flour and mix until combined. Stir in the 1 cup of chocolate chips. 
Milk instead of an egg...I like it! :)
Scoop the cookie dough onto the top of the brownies and spread onto the brownie layer. Wet your hands or spray them with nonstick spray and pat the cookie dough on top in an even layer. 
That is A LOT of cookie dough. Yay. :)
It was surprisingly easy to spread!
Sprinkle additional chocolate chips. 

Chill the brownies until firm, 1 to 2 hours or up to 2 days.

Hope you have enjoyed these incredible creations! I certainly enjoyed making them and sharing them with my friends and Chris' team!

Thanks again!

<3 Buttercup

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