What is your favorite dessert? In college I loved brownies. Nice and soft. I would make box brownies (I think Duncan Hines was my fave) and after cutting them, I would freeze them. Then eat them straight out of the freezer. I love chocolate chip cookies that way too. Since taking up baking last year, I have tried to stay away from box mixes. Not only to challenge myself but also because most box mixes contain hydrogenated oils. I find so many recipes I want to try but they call for cake mixes or pudding…if anyone has a go to recipe for homemade cake mixes and pudding, let me know.
Thanks to Jen’s Favorite Cookies, I found a really good Brownie Cookie. Easy to make and really good. I already have plans for another alteration to the recipe.
- ½ cup butter, cut into chunks (I only had salted so I didn’t use all the salt below)
- 1 bag (10 – 12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup + 2 T. sugar
- 2 T. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¾ cup flour
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- chopped pecans (I didn’t measure these, sorry)
- Over a double boiler, melt butter and chocolate chips together, stirring until completely melted and smooth. (I don’t have a double broiler, and the bowl I was trying to use was failing me, so I finished it off in the microwave.)
- Meanwhile, mix together eggs, cocoa powder, and sugar, beating 3-4 minutes on high.
- Add melted chocolate to egg mixture, and mix well.
- Add vanilla, salt, and baking powder, and mix. Add flour and mix just until combined.
- Fold in white chocolate chips and chopped pecans.
- Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet with cookie scoop
- Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.
If you like the tops of brownies, you will love these cookies. I already know that next time I am going to try something else, and cook them a little less. They didn’t look done so I cooked them 1 minute longer. Which ended up not being needed. Hardly any recipe I have found on Pinterest to try calls for nuts. I add nuts to almost everything. Pecans and walnuts. I need to try almonds in something too. Yum. Call me nutty.
For this baking I also used something new. I knew that I didn’t have a very good food processor because it wouldn’t fully chop my peppermints. Or anything else I put in there. I decided to get the Ninja at work. I knew it had a lot of pieces but it basically has a blender as well. So I can get rid of that old one too. And the blades are double sets so it blends up higher in the bowl too. I did however, get told that they get returned a lot at work. I hope not. So far I think it works great. And so much easier to clean. It chopped the pecans up perfectly.