Friday, August 26, 2011

Brownie Cookies

The yummi-ness of a brownie, in the convenience of a cookie. Less mess! More joy! Brownies are a favorite dessert of mine... their chewy, chocolatey-ness is amazing!

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1/2 cup butter
4 (1 oz) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 cups (18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine butter, unsweetened chocolate, and 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips in a heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter and chocolate melt; let cool.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl, set aside.

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer. Gradually add dry ingredients to egg mixture, beating well. Then add the chocolate mixture and beat well. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips.

Cover a baking sheet with foil and then scoop dough onto the baking sheet using an ice cream scoop. Place dough about 1 inch apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

After you mix up the batter, and scoop it onto the cookie sheet it will look like this.....

The first batch I made, I put them directly on the cookie sheet and they seemed to stick a little bit and it was difficult to get them off. So I covered the baking sheet with a variety of products to see if I could find a good way to remove the cookies more easily. I used parchment paper and aluminum foil. I think the foil worked the best (not pictured) but definitely makes for easier removable and cleanup after you bake the cookies.

This is what the cookies look like right after they come out of the oven. They are puffy and looking ready to eat... but beware- they are HOT and gooey and VERY messy. I only know this, because I did try one at this stage. You definitely need to get a glass of milk ready to drink if you are going to attempt to try them at this point. Better to let them sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes to cool off.

After they have rested and cooled, they will flatten out and look like this:Then you can remove them from the cookie sheet with a thin metal spatula, and transfer them to a cooling rack to fully cool off. You don't want to let them cool completely on the cookie sheet.
I think these cookies tasted best the first day and pretty good on the second day. Store in an airtight container.

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