Friday, February 03, 2012

Cookie Monster In the Raw!

Don't look now, but Sesame Street's Cookie Monster just went commando!  And, nobody got arrested!  And, people actually liked it!  See for yourself in the recipe below which calls for raw cookie dough (get it now?) which graces the top of a pan of fudgy, chewy, chocolatey brownies.  

I think the only obstacle you might encounter is hefting  these awesomer-than-awesome brownies into the fridge  for setting up and also for safe keeping. Ahem--you know who you are.  Well, flex those biceps and heft away, because this mess-o-goodness/badness is about as heavy as that nearly 14 lb. baby born in Iowa just the other day! Didya hear about that?  And, the mom went all natural!  That's just plain cray cray!

The only change I made to this recipe is I didn't use the 4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped.  Or the 1 cup butter, at room temperature.  Or the 2 cups light brown sugar, packed.  Or the . . . oh, alright!  I used a brownie mix for the brownie part.  Other than that, I stuck to the plan, Stan.  The cookie dough (egg free!) which goes on top of the brownies was a cinch.

You should make these.  Right away.  (Who am I semi-quoting here?)  Whether you are red or blue, you should make these.  Right away.

chocolate chip cookie dough brownies
Yield: 32 brownies
Prep Time: 30 min + cooling time
Cook Time: 25 min
These brownies are a major treat for cookie dough lovers...


4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup semisweet chips + 1 teaspoon shortening for drizzle, optional


1. Prepare the brownies: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick spray. In a medium glass bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave in short bursts of 30 seconds; stir after each burst and remove from microwave when melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Mix in melted chocolate. Blend in flour and mix just until combined (don't over-mix). Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 25 to 35 minutes. Watch closely and remove from oven when toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
2. Prepare the cookie dough: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Mix in milk and vanilla. Mix in flour just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Spread cookie dough over the cooled brownies. Refrigerate until the dough is quite firm. It's okay to speed up the process and place it in the freezer too. The firmer the dough, the easier it will be to cut into neat squares. Use a sharp knife to cut the brownies. You may need to wipe the knife off with a paper towel in between cuts since the fudgy brownies and cookie dough will tend to stick to the knife a bit. These brownies are best to serve placed inside cupcake papers and served with a fork.
4. If you'd like to add chocolate drizzle on top, melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of shortening in the microwave; stir until smooth. Scoop the melted chocolate into a zip baggie and snip off the corner. Squeeze the bag to drizzle the chocolate on top of each brownie. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top, if desired.

Were you paying attention just now?  Yup.  You caught me.  I am guilty as sin of trying to curry the favor of my kids by unloading a dump truck load of these brownies onto them and their roommates.  So, uh, yeaaaaah.  I'm one to always think that it never hurts to stay on the good side of the people who may have to spoon feed me one day.  Okay, okay!  I'll spill the truth:  I am an adoring fan of my kids.  There.  Are we all happy now?  I know I am.


Lisa said...

I am on it.

Melissa said...

Mt stomach actually growled. Dang, looks like I'm on it too.

Melissa said...

Rob just walked by and said, "Mt. Stomach? You may want to read that again."

He obviously forgot that I often refer to my stomach as Mt.

After nearly nine years of marriage, it's amazing the things he doesn't know about me.

Deon said...

Where has Rob been? Skipping geography class for a donut run, I suppose. Mt. Stomach--it's right up there with Mt. Everest, right?