Friday, May 2, 2014

"Dazzling" Cookie Brownies

Dazzle the District is finally here!  I'm so excited to see all the of the lights, signs and, of course, the chandelier, the lit up!  Disclaimer: I may actually be even more excited to see an end to the traffic delays, blocked roads and 24-construction that I've heard from my apartment since early March?  After the Hot Chelle Rae concert and illuminating ceremony, we're of course going to throw an after party!  I couldn't decide if I wanted to bring cookies or brownies, so naturally I decided to combine both into a sinfully sweet dessert that I'm calling "dazzling" cookie brownies.  It's a little tacky with the stars, but so is a 25' diameter outdoor chandelier dangling over an intersection.  

I started by making my favorite chocolate chip cookie dough recipe (posted at the end of this blog).  After everything was mixed, I set the cookie dough aside and prepared a boxed brownie mix according to package instructions.  If you really want to make homemade brownies, give it a shot.  I personally think homemade brownies always end up too dry, so I just prefer boxed brownies any time.

Transfer the brownie batter to a 9" x 9" baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray.  Don't forget this step...this dessert is way too good to waste any getting stuck to the bottom of the pan!  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and set the brownie batter aside.  On to the cookies!  I rolled about 1/4 of the dough onto a dish into 1/2" thick circle.   This will ensure that all of the cookies will be the same thickness and cooking time.

If you don't have a lighting ceremony (or the time and patience to try to form stars out of cookie dough) feel free to just crumble the cookie dough over the brownies in irregular blobs and gently press it into the brownie batter.  When I make this again, I'm definitely going to invest in a cookie cutter, which I didn't have today!

After I got all of the stars laid out on the brownie batter, I gently pressed them in so the shapes are only slightly raised from the brownie surface.  They will sink a bit during the baking process as the brownies rise.

I baked them for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the brownie dough came out clean, and the edges of the chocolate chip cookies had that light golden brown color that equals deliciousness.  Can't wait to share these with my friends later!

And what did I do with the leftover 3/4 of the dough?  I made chocolate chip coconut walnut cookies as requested by my roommate!  Perfection.

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