Thursday, October 25, 2012

Brooksters...

I had good intentions to share last week's treat with you when we made it, but alas, we're finding so many things to do here it is tough to sit inside when we want to be out exploring our new home.

 

While I will get back to those goodies another time, I felt compelled to sit my behind down this evening and talk about these outrageous "Brooksters" I made for the Weekly Wednesday Treat Day.

Think thick chocolate chip cookies, wrapped in a devilishly tight hug of decadent, dark brownies. Yes, beware - this hand-held treat may just blow your mind!

I made a few changes to the original recipe - it was supposed to be prepared in 6 individual pie tins. I had none of those and didn't feel the urge to run out and find them (though, if I happen to see them while we are out and about, I will pick them up now!), so instead we swapped those out for a regular muffin/cupcake tin. Next, the yield given says 6, with a generous amount of chocolate chip cookie dough leftover to bake off as, well, tasty cookies.

What I ended up doing was doubling the brownie recipe, then left the cookie dough amount the same - this gave me enough of the dense brownie batter for 28 Brooksters and I still had some leftover dough (HAD is the key word here... Jeff and I couldn't stop snacking on the raw dough, so sadly, it never made it into cookies). I also tossed in a tablespoon of black cocoa powder for an edgier depth to the brownies, but if you don't happen to have that handy, up the unsweetened cocoa powder to two tablespoons.

I do have one note - don't skimp on the chilling step of the dough and batter - they both need to be cold to give you even baking results. Also, if you only have 1 baking pan and want to keep the yield as-is, follow the recipe, yet keep the leftover brownie batter in the bowl and in the fridge. Allow the baked Brooksters to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove them and wash the pan to both clean it and cool it down. Then fill with brownie batter and the cookie dough - as long as you've kept the leftovers in the fridge while you bake, you can just fill and bake.

You can end up with two results - if you slightly under-bake these, you'll have a slightly gooey core with a dangerously fudgy brownie barrier holding it all together. Fork worthy, for sure. With a few extra minutes tacked on the total bake time, the two will have married together into an irresistible portable package that can be taken behind closed doors and enjoyed alone. What, like you've never done that? If you're feeling especially naughty, warm one up slightly, then drop a rounded scoop of your favorite ice cream dead center on top.

Brooksters (Adapted from Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients)

For the cookie dough

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (2 sticks or 1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chunks

For the brownie batter

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon black cocoa powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate (look for a range in the 60 to 70%), coarsely chopped
16 tablespoons (2 sticks or 1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
6 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla

To prepare the cookie dough

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing until well combined after each. Mix in vanilla.

Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in chocolate chunks. Cover bowl and set in the refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours.

To prepare brownie batter

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powders and salt.

Melt chopped bittersweet chocolate and butter together in in the bowl of a double boiler set over medium heat, stirring frequently. When melted and smooth, turn the heat off (but leave the bowl set over the steaming water) and whisk in granulated and brown sugars. When combined, remove bowl and set aside to cool to room temperature. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, mixing just until combined after each. Mix in vanilla. Scatter flour mixture over the top and gently fold the two together - do not overmix at this point. It is ok if a little of the flour mixture remains visible.

Butter or spray with nonstick spray each well of your muffin tins, then fill each with brownie batter until they are just shy of halfway full. Cover the pans and place into the refrigerator to chill for 3 hours.

When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Scoop out cookie dough using a generous tablespoon cookie scoop (my dough balls ended up weighing about 38 grams each) and roll each into a ball. Flatten each slightly into a disk - you want each disk to be slightly smaller than the tops of the muffin wells. Remove one muffin tin containing the chilled brownie batter from the refrigerator and gently press one cookie dough disk into each well.

Place pan into the oven and bake, rotating the pan halfway through, until the cookie part is very golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Around 20 minutes gave us slightly gooey centers, while at 25 minutes, they were just baked through.

Makes about 28 Brooksters, with some leftover cookie dough.

19 comments:

  1. YUM. I'll do these next week.

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  2. What a beautiful shoreline picture. It doesn't get any better than a nice walk on the coast with such a beautiful ocean view. So nice to see your recipes and postings about it all. Thanks for a great recipe!!

    Victoria

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  3. Hi Joe!
    So glad to see you posting again! Your treats look awesome!! Need to make these for Thanksgiving dessert tray!! Hope all is well!!

    Val

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  4. One quick question. Regular or mini muffin tins? You probably posted but I don't see it.

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  5. Oh my, these will be added to my dessert list immediately!! I love the picture. I think I'd find it real hard to do anything indoors if I lived on the west coast! Enjoy every minute!!

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  6. These look awesome, Joe! Looks like a keeper for sure! Glad you guys are having such an enjoyable time there!

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  7. Yay welcome back my friend :D
    These brooksters are heart stealing :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  8. Good to hear from you all again! Glad you're enjoying your new home and the more temperate weather. Look forward to more yummy treats and your exploring comments.

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  9. Oh jeez, what a wicked, WICKED thing to make!! And now I have to make 'em too, now I know about it...

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  10. I tried out this recipe and received rave reviews. I made some in a regular muffin pan and also tried some in a mini muffin pan--both worked fine. I plan to make them again for Thanksgiving to provide a chocolate option to pumpkin pie. Thank you for posting again!

    Janet

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  11. I always looked forward to your Christmas posts. I guess not this year. How are you feeling? Much better, I hope. Have a merry Christmas, and a healthy, happy new year!!

    Donna

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  12. I keep checking back to see if your Christmas goodies list is up yet and to refer back to your prior years. You are missed!! Hope you are feeling better and are enjoying the SF Bay area. I used to live in Sacramento and I would move in a heart beat. Take Care.

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  13. Just stopped by to see the Christmas creations....yes, you are missed!! Hope all is well!!

    Val

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  14. Hope you have a wonderful happy, healthy 2013!
    PamC

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  15. I am so glad I found your post. I had bookmarked this exact recipe to try this week. You did all the trial and error for me! Thank you :) I am looking forward to trying brooksters with you hints and adaptations in mind.

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  16. Guess you really have bowed out of the blogging business...just a note to let you know you will be missed!
    One of many loyal fans!

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