Friday, July 1, 2011

Cookie Dough Brownies {Recipe}

We celebrated my good friend Sarah's birthday at the restaurant Cafe Tu Tu Tango.We had a blast! Lots of good laughs and fun times with great friends. I decided to make a dessert that everyone could enjoy. Hello fabulous Cookie Dough Brownies, recipe courtesy of Chef In Training.

I asked Sarah's boyfriend out of 5 different amazing recipes I found on Pinterest which one he thought she'd like best. He picked this one, and knowing that she LOVES cookie dough, I thought it was a good choice too! Without further ado, here is the delicious recipe!

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1-1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cups walnuts, optional

Step 1. Cream butter and sugar together.  Add eggs and blend well.  Add vanilla, salt, cocoa, and flour. Don't over-beat.  Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.  Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes or until done.  Cool completely.
Brownies all done and cooling

Step 2. For filling, in a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light & fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Spread over brownies (works best to just press out with clean hands.); chill until firm.

The filling tasted AMAZING

Waiting patiently for the brownies to cool down

Step 3. For glaze, in a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, until smooth. Spread over filling. Immediately sprinkle with nuts, pressing down slightly.

Ready to chill the brownies and cookie dough!

The chocolate glaze--this was a different icing than I have ever done, but it turned out perfectly!

Step 4. Let glaze harden before cutting in.
Now, being that I am no pro baker (and usually have the assistance of Betty Crocker!) this was such a simple recipe and turned out DELISH. Everyone at dinner loved it and Sarah MAY have had more than one piece. :) The directions were straight forward and simple enough to follow. The only "flaw" I encountered was that the brownie and cookie dough filling weren't evenly proportioned. There was a lot more brownie than cookie dough, but no biggie--it still tasted amazing! :)
The birthday girl enjoying her dessert :)

The birthday girl and I!

Some of the gang at the end of dinner!

If you ever need a twist on a simple brownie, here you go! ENJOY!