December 18, 2016

18. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies from Bake Chocolate Cake
There are so many delicious treats to bake during the holiday season that it is difficult to decide what to share with friends and neighbors.  

Chocolate Chip Cookies?  Brownies?  These are two of my favorite desserts. I wondered what it would be like to combine them, so I decided to give it a go and the result is this wonderfully gooey chocolate chip cookie dough brownie.  It's a delicious addition to our Countdown to Christmas!

The cookie dough bakes just enough to give it a slightly crispy exterior with a chewy center.  The chocolate brownie is gooey and full of flavor.  The combination of the two textures and flavors is incredibly delicious.

These brownies are really good as soon as they cool, but they are even better if they are wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in an air tight container overnight.  


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Cookie Dough:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips

Begin by making the cookie dough.  Cream the butter with the sugars and vanilla.  In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture.  Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips.  

Form dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet. (16 balls will be used in this recipe.  The rest can be saved for later).  Place the cookie sheet in the freezer and begin to make the brownies.

Brownies:

4 Tablespoons butter
1 cup chocolate chips
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour

In a bowl over simmering water melt the butter and chocolate chips.  In a separate bowl beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla.  When the chocolate is melted and cooled, add it to the egg mixture.  Mix in the flour and salt.

Spread the brownie batter into a 8x8x2 parchment lined pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. ***(see note below)

Remove the brownies from the oven and very quickly drop in the 16 balls of frozen cookie dough.  The balls should be placed in rows of 4 and they should be spaced evenly in the pan.

Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 30 to 35 minutes.  The brownie batter should be done when a toothpick inserted in the chocolate batter comes out almost clean.

Cool the brownies in the pan before cutting.

When completely cool, cut the brownies into 16 pieces.  Wrap each individual brownie in plastic wrap and store in an air tight container.

NOTE:  *** if you want the chocolate chip cookie dough to just barely start to bake then do not add it until the last 15 minutes.  The cookie dough does not have eggs in the recipe, so it is okay if it does not bake completely.