Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Cookie Brownies


This I would say this is the Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bar equivalent for a brownie. It's amazing the variety of brownies I found while blogstalking. My latest discovery is A Pinch of Yum and I go there and oogle at the beautiful food photography. And then I get hungry.

So. I had to try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies even though I know for a fact that it would tank my diet. Hah!

I have not been baking for a while and though I wanted to stuff my face with brownies, I was very lacking in motivation on the baking part. The eating part is always a non-issue. 

I was dragging my feet and the thought of melting chocolate and butter on a double boiler over the stove felt monumental. Measuring ingredients? Arrghh.... You perky bakers do not understand what I am going through. Baking menopause. Is there such a thing?

So anyway, I went through the motions buoyed by the thoughts of tasting luscious fudgey brownies with a crispy cookie top.


I had an issue with my brownie batter. I am out of practice and I did not quite get my flour folded properly. It was lumpy because I was too lazy to sift the flour (lesson learnt. Must. Sift. Flour). Due to that, the ingredients were not properly bound and I could see liquid butter seep out of the batter.

After placing the cookie dough on top, I was not too confident that the brownie would come out right. After 30 minutes, I noted the brownie had firmed up but the cookie part was still soft. I took the pan out of the oven anyway because I did not want to over bake the brownie.


Then I went upstairs feeling dejected because I thought I had a failure in my hands. But about 30 minutes later, the cookie topping was dry and crispy. Ah, so it firmed up once cooled. Phew!


I sliced the brownies while they were in the pan. They were easy to slice and I made sure to wipe the knife after each cut. I may have over baked the brownies slightly as the sides were quite hard and dry. Thankfully the middle part was still very moist.


So now I know, don't be misled by the soft cookie dough. It will firm up once cooled. This brownie warrants a second attempt for a more perfect finish. And more noshing 😋

Cookies Brownies
Source of reference : A Pinch of Yum

Ingredients :

For the Brownies :
- 180g semi sweet chocolate
- 120g butter
- 30g brown sugar
- 70g plain flour (sifted)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

For the cookie dough
- 70g butter
- 50g brown sugar
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 85g flour
- 1 cup chocolate chips

Method :
1. Line an 8" square pan with baking paper. Set aside.
2. Make the cookie dough first 
- Using a spatula, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- add vanilla extract and continue to beat to combine.
- add flour and stir to combine.
- Stir in chocolate chips and set dough aside.
3. Make the brownie batter :
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
- Once melted, take off the heat and stir in sugar and vanilla extract.
- Add eggs gradually and stir to combine.
- Fold in flour to combine.
4. Pour brownie batter into the lined pan.
5. Using your fingers, take pieces of cookie dough and flatten. Then place on the brownie to cover the surface (it is ok if not completely covered as the dough will soften and spread over the brownie).
6. Bake in preheated oven at 160C for 25-30 minutes or until skewer inserted into brownie comes out with some moist crumbs.
7. Cool on cooling rack for about 20-30 minutes and slice the brownie.

36 comments:

  1. If i were to bake this, it will finish in no time, hehe...

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  2. I seldom eat brownies because I find them too sweet most of the time. I guess you adjusted yours so that it is not that sweet, right? You deep freeze them?

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    1. Yes, I always reduce the sugar. Brownies are great for freezing.

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  3. Macam menarik je ni PH....Mcm nak cari je..... bukan nak baking tau haha...
    Memang tak boleh pakai betullah i ni kan PH. Kerja nak membeli je haha...

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    1. Hainom, yang ni takde jual kot. Kena tunngu sawan rajin baru buat, ya? hee..hee... Tapi ya lah, beli lagi senang. Tak payah nak timbang bahan2, kacau2 adunan, jaga oven dan lepas tu banyak pulak yang kena basuh :(

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  4. I had much cookie baking experience while a student in US as their cookies there cost a bomb but I loved them. They are huge like those sold in Starbucks and could cost US$1 a piece! From there I learnt about the soft-to-crispy process of cookies depending on the amount of flour & butter. I like what you just baked and I know it's for my eyes only! Wakakaka

    I learnt a new word today - Baking menopause!!!

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    1. Ah! Then you can bake. No need to wait for mine hee.hee...

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  5. I've had cookies and I've had brownies...but together as one, maybe not. I think you can call these Coonies? Hehe! :D I can certainly understand why you have a baking menopause coz baking is a lot harder than cooking...you have to be precise and measure everything and the entire process also takes more work and a longer time. Sometimes, I'm even lazy at cooking, let alone baking! >_<

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    1. You got it right, baking can be a pain hah..hah... Only when the mood is right, I can do it. And yeah, I get lazy at cooking too. On my bad days I just can't face it hah..hah..

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  6. PH, your choc chip cookie brownies looked much better than apinchofyum's.

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    1. Oh, so sweet of you to say hee..hee..

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  7. Simpan resepi dulu ni PH
    Mesti sedap ni kaknoor dh dpt rasa dengan tengok je
    Tunggu mood rajin sikit pasti nk cuba

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    1. Kak Noor, baking membaking ni kena ada mood. Kalau tidak, hasilnya kurang elok.

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  8. aummm tempting melting lah

    heaven betul kalau masuk yang dalam mulut ku ini..

    nak buat memang ehemm la alamatnya beli jugak la nih..mana mau cari??huhu

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    1. hah..hah..Husna, yang ni PH tak pernah tengok kat kedai. Kena DIY lah tu...

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  9. That's nice, a lovely change from the usual plain brownies. I love buttery rich cookies.

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    1. It's nice to have a cookie and a brownie together in one bite.

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  10. Yo!!! My mouth is melting and salivating just by looking at these brownies on top on each other...

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    1. heh..heh...Very syiok to eat when it is still warm.

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  11. This one looks good PH, for me sure can finish within 2 days muahaha!

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  12. The brownie looks delicious! I think "Baking menopause" is a great word!

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    1. hah..hah...I hope I don't kena "cooking menopause" :D

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  13. Phong Hong, how come my brownies always dried up can crack at the top? Is this normal?

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    1. Angeline, as long as the inside is moist, it should be OK. Most photos of brownies that I see have a dry looking top. Some look like wrinkled.

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  14. looks yummy lah. dah la I ni choc lover. nyummmsss...

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    1. Boleh cuba buat. Sedap tau..hee..hee...

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  15. Yummy! Cookie + brownie all in a pan. This made me crave for sweet chocolaty snacks.

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    1. It's good, might bake again hee..hee..

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  16. Ermm, i think the bahan not to hard to find, the method to buat pun not to difficutl, so maybe next time i can cuba kot, haha..tunggu sawan rajin.

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    1. Tak susah, just kena rajin sikit jer....

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  17. This looks amazing!! I am obsessed with cookies and brownies, so this is the perfect combination for me!! Happy New Year!!

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