I saw this recipe here at a cute blog by a sixteen year old girl. The blog is called A Peek In Priscilla's Kitchen. She bakes up some great things, especially for being so young. She made some yummy looking brownies recently and since I was looking to make something ooey and gooey, this is what I decided on. The brownies were GREAT. I changed things up a bit, so I will write the recipe as I made it, but please go check out here recipe and brownies and get a look at all the yummy things she bakes!
The recipe from Priscilla used a tube of refrigerator cookie dough, but I made a batch of Nestle Toll House cookie dough (I've been wanting to make that recipe anyway, haven't actually made that recipe forever). The tube of store bought dough is 18 oz., and the recipe says to spread that in a 9x13 inch pan and bake for 10 minutes. As I was spreading the 18 oz. I'd measured of the Toll House dough, I didn't think it was quite enough, so I ended up using 24 oz. of dough. I baked a Toll House cookie today as I'd chilled the rest of the dough to see how the cookies would bake. Here is a Nestle Toll House Cookie baked after 24 hours chilling the dough.
I used about 1 1/4 oz. of dough for this cookie which measured 2-3 inches after baked. These cookies are just okay, they just are not The Times Ultimate or JT's or Levains, but I am ever thankful for Ruth Wakefield and her creation of the chocolate chip cookie at the Toll House Inn so many year ago! Okay, back to the brownies.
The cookie dough baked for 10 minutes, while I whipped up the brownies. The recipe used melted chocolate, marshmallows and butter. I thought it was interesting to use the melted marshmallows and I happened to have a bag in the cupboard that needed to be used as the mallows were all starting to become one. The brownies were added to the cookie layer and baked. I think they ended up slightly over baked and would try this again, but either not bake the cookie layer a bit first, or bake it for less time. While still delicious, the cookie layer was just a bit dry. The brownies are great and for the frosting layer, I didn't use the recipe from Priscilla's brownies, but used one from a cookbook, Cookies, Brownies & Bars, by Elinor Klivans (who may I remind you has one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes called Chock Full of Chocolate Chip Cookies (which is in her book, The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook). This frosting recipe is SO good! And why wouldn't it be? It has one stick of butter for only one cup powdered sugar. So yummy. I don't make or eat frosting very often, but to taste this one made me want to make a chocolate cake or something, just to make the frosting again. And I'm reminded why I'm NOT eating these things and will just wink and tell you that this whole amazing brownie recipe just has a little bit of butter, that's all! ;)
Here is the recipe as I made it.
Ooey Gooey Frosted Cookie Brownies
24 oz. Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough made exactly as written on the bag of chocolate chips, you will have extra dough for some cookies. Darn it! ;)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread dough in a 9x13 baking pan lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes (I would do less or not at all for a more gooey cookie layer). In the meantime, make the brownies
3 cups miniature marshmallows
12 oz. (about 2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butter
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
Stir over low heat until melted and smooth the marshmallows, butter and chocolate. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and cool slightly. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until well incorporated. Combine flour, baking powder and salt and stir into chocolate mixture. Stir in nuts. Spread over cookie layer. Bake for 30-35 minutes (I only baked 24 minutes and still thought they were a little dry). Cool completely on wire rack.
Chocolate Frosting: (from Elinor Klivans) (adapted every so slightly by me)
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk (I used whole milk, Elinor says heavy cream--I didn't have any)
Melt chocolate in a double boiler, or carefully in a microwave stirring every 15-20 seconds. Stir until smooth. Let cool until lukewarm, about five minutes. In a large bowl, combine butter and powdered sugar. Using a mixer, beat until well blended, about one minute. Add vanilla and beat until combined. Scrape bowl occasionally with rubber spatula. Add the cooled, melted chocolate and beat until evenly mixed. Add the cream (or milk) and beat until mixture looks fluffy, about one minute. (This frosting is SO good, oh, I think I already said that!)
Frost brownies when cool. Enjoy and ignore the 5 sticks of butter and 5 eggs (the cookie dough has 2, but since we didn't use it all....) These are worth a bar once or twice in your life, right!
And since this blog isn't just about baking, here's a boy or two! Parker has been riding a bike with training wheels for a couple years now (this is Kevin's preferred method of the boys learning to ride a bike, I say just teach them without the extra wheels. Both methods work.) So yesterday we finally took the extra wheels off Parker's bike for him to begin his journey of riding a bike like a big boy. He IS almost 7! Scott just learned last year because we kept the training wheels on WAY too long and because he was just too nervous about learning to ride. We took Parker's extra wheels off yesterday and within 30 minutes he was riding the bike like a pro! Go Parker. The boys have really been having fun riding bikes with the neighbors since then! Now we just need to get Parker a bigger bike!
Can't find a picture of Scottie riding his bike, but we went to the zoo last Saturday and here's a fun picture of the group. We went with some friends, the Berghouts, so also in the picture are Laura and Frances. It was SO stinking hot and humid at the zoo, I don't know what I was thinking as the zoo was all my idea, but we toughed it out and had a good time.
That's right, at the Topeka Zoo the animals are all statues! Ha!
This one is just because I'm sure they will really appreciate it! Liz and Dan Berghout, uh, ride 'em cowboy?
We saw monkeys.....oh wait, that's Scottie!
Sam and the goat became friends. Kevin doing some pretty cool photography. Yep, it's a well rounded zoo, goats and bees!
To finish off our adventures to the zoo, we stopped for frozen custard afterwards. It really helped cool us off. While eating my sugar free/fat free custard, I saw a sign for a .50 cent cookie dough cone. Now seriously, do you think I could pass that up? It was cute to say the least! And I totally spoiled my trying to be good having sugar free/fat free custard. Next time I think I'll just go for the regular custard, make mine chocolate chip cookie dough please! ;)