Tuesday, May 26, 2009

TWD: Chipster-Topped Brownies

I have wanted to try a recipe like this for a while. I mean, a layer of chocolate chip cookies over brownies... what could be bad? Certainly not these.

This started out as a slightly fussy recipe, but I lowered it considerably. First, I cut the recipe in half. I used an 8" Pyrex pan, which ended up being a good choice. The brownie layer calls for melting chocolate in a saucepan with butter. I stuck mine in the microwave. Worked like a charm. In a very unlike me move, I added the walnuts. I tend not to like nuts in brownies, especially walnuts, but I wanted to stay fairly true to the recipe. I used regular cooking spray to grease the pan.

Then I started in on the chocolate chip cookie layer. Now this is going to mess with some of you. I used the very same bowl for the cookie layer that I used for the brownie layer. I didn't even wash it. I happen to have mad scraping skilz. And, I'm lazy. I also figured it was all ending up in the same place, so, no washing. I didn't want to mess with half and egg and half an egg yolk that the original recipe called for, so I just used one egg. I cut the amount of chocolate chips in the cookie layer. Adding walnuts, cutting the chips, what's wrong with me this week? I thought that the brownie layer was chocolate enough, and I wanted to try to lessen the chocolate impact so the flavor of the cookie would come through. I used a teaspoon and a finger to put small dollops of dough all over the brownie batter. My favorite small offset spatula made quick work of smoothing the dough,

It went into the oven (not on a baking sheet, though Dorie calls for one) and baked for about 25 minutes. Even with just a spritz of cooking spray, the bars came right out of the pan. I cut the whole thing in half to see if I could differentiate between the layers. I could!

Here's the golden brown top.

And here is a view of the layers. The chocolate chips all sunk to the bottom of the cookie. I wonder if a sprinkling of flour would keep them more in the cookie batter.


Here are a few sliced and stacked.

I liked this recipe, but I'm not sure that I'm rushing out to make it again. The brownie flavor pretty much cancelled out the flavor of the cookie. Perhaps a peanut butter cookie dough might be more of a contrast. Surprisingly for me, I liked the walnuts.

Thanks to Beth of Supplicious for choosing this recipe. Go check out her blog if you'd like to see the recipe. Get this -- all of June is chocolate free! I know a couple of people who are pretty excited about this. I'm kinda looking forward to it myself.

22 comments:

Marthe said...

This looks really good, so much better than my mess!! Oh well...

Now I'm off to bake some more brownies for this weeks Barefoot Bloggers!

NaTy said...

i think the PB and chocolate combo would be fantastic too!
your chipster brownies look great :)
erin@glutenfreewithapurpose

Flourchild said...

Very nice looking brownies. My sink was so messy from that bittersweet chocolate. I sure enjoyed baking them though!

Britin said...

peanut butter cookie on top?!?! I may try that next..

Karen said...

Glad this turned out so well! Love the stacked brownies! :) It is good to have mad scraping skillz!

Katrina said...

Ooh, pb cookie with the brownie, now you're talkin'! Great job. My choc chips didn't sink, but I don't know why. Also just before it went in to the oven, I sprinkled some on top and pressed down on them a bit.
I love brownies with walnuts, way to give it a shot.

Leslie said...

You rebel! You perfected the recipe! I love how your layers really show up clearly and distinctly.

Charli said...

No washing? I'm jealous! Looks like they turned out great so it obviously wasn't necessary!

Kayte said...

Yours look great. Mine firmed up a bit and were less moist the second day...the guys were circling and wanted to eat them warm, what can I say? I am a soft sell. They agreed it is better to let them set up and cool down a bit, but they loved them both ways. Yours look so lovely. I don't use that baking sheet thing anymore either...my stuff wasn't getting cooked right. We are in agreement on that!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

(The peanut butter cookie flavor was indeed delicious with the brownie, but the crispy cookie just didn't do it) Hybrids rarely work, imo.

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Oh, and I'm with you on the bowls! Smart girl!!

Chris said...

Goodness, sounds like everyone had a tough time with these this week. It's too bad cause they really look fabulous!

Tammy said...

Your brownie looks great and I love that you didnt wash your bowl!! i used the same bowl too, but I'm not such a good scraper as you, so had to wash it out

TourGuideJenn said...

Yours look like they turned out perfectly!

spike. said...

I used the same bowl without cleaning it too- so much easier!

Amber Marie said...

I also used the same bowl! I try to use as few 'washables' as possible :) Your cookie brownies look scrumptious!

Megan said...

Yummy - and yes, you definitely made a few "unlike you" moves with these! Nothing like shaking things up a bit, right?

lasinthekitchen said...

Your brownies look delicious! I can't believe it only baked for 25 minutes!

Pamela said...

I'm with you about the bowls. It's all ending up in the same place! Your brownies look wonderful.

Lainie said...

Those look really good. I'm thinking anything you make with those ingredients can't turn out too horrible. Did you change anything with the pyrex dish? I don't have as much success when I cook in glass.

The Food Librarian said...

These look picture perfect. I love how your layers are big and even.

TeaLady said...

Those look perfect. **SIGH** oh, that mine would have come out as well.