Monday, October 31, 2011

Cookie Dough-Filled Brownie Cups

Special occasions call for special desserts. So when my cousin Esther got engaged a couple weeks ago, I set out to create something special.... and certainly indulgent. And what is more indulgent than a giant brownie stuffed with cookie dough? Nothing, that's what.

Once it appeared in my scary, sugar-laden brain that this is what I wanted to make, I basically adapted my favorite brownie and blondie recipes to create these mammoth muffins/brownies which were amazingly rich and delicious.
My one criticism would really be the size - they were just too huge as they were, and I would much prefer to try them again in a mini-muffin tin instead, for slightly more manageable snacking. Of course, I'm sure many of you would be quite happy with the giant version instead!
Tip of the Day: I sprayed and floured my muffin cups, because I knew they would be fairly hard to get out, and they were. I would suggest consider using silicone or a very non-stick pan you know you have so you don't end up eating these out of the pan!

Recipe: (makes about 20 very large brownies)

Brownie:
11 ounces (300g) semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup (2 sticks/200g) butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
5 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder

Cookie Dough:
1 cup (2 sticks/200g) butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
8 ounces finely chopped chocolate or chocolate chips


Brownies:
In a large bowl, melt the chocolate, butter and espresso powder and mix together until smooth.
Whisk in the sugars until completely combined.
Add 3 of the eggs and whisk until combined, then add the remaining 2, plus the vanilla.
Whisk until all the ingredients are just mixed - don't overbeat.
Sprinkle the flour, cocoa powder and salt on top of the chocolate mixture.
Using a spatula, fold the mixture in until just a few streaks of white remain.

Cookie dough:
Cream together butter and both sugars until creamy.
Add in eggs and vanilla and mix well.
Gradually add in flour, baking soda and salt until completely combined.
Stir in chocolate at the end.

In a greased and floured muffin tin, put 2 tablespoons of brownie mixture in the bottom of each cup. Then take a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough, roll it in to a ball, flatten slightly to a puck shape and drop on top.
Bake on 350 F for 30-35 minutes or until tests done with a toothpick.

6 comments:

  1. And as Doda M. a.k.a. Esther's Mum I can vouch for their deeeeeliciousness.
    I had great difficulty siphoning one off to the side to be eaten by me when everyone else had gone home ....... well it really wouldn't have looked too good with the kallah's Mum gorging on a very large mouthfull of muffin/brownie/blondie/cakie :-)

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  2. just to reiterate...I WANT I WANT I WANT.

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  3. This is definitely special and indulgent. I'll have the supersize version please ;P Congratulations to Esther!

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  4. looks amazing!A definite (want to) try.

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  5. Unfortunately I did not manage to cook such muffins according to your recipe. Maybe I did something wrong.

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