… Take two. I first made cookie dough brownies months and months ago but I decided to recreate them this week and share the recipe. It’s been a busy week for birthdays and I’m currently -1 cake in debt (sorry Mummy). This week’s bake doubled as a birthday bake and charity bake – two birds, one stone.. I’ll take it! My college (at uni) were having some sort of bake sale and I was asked to contribute. I was more than happy to participate, everyone loves a good charity bake! I hope the highest bidder is happy with their BBH goods! (It was a box of assorted baked doughnuts and cookie dough brownies).
Everyone loves cookie dough. BakedByH loves cookie dough and you’ve seen it featured on here many times before. I think my personal favourite was that time I baked cookie dough in to a cake. These are super sweet. Not a bit sweet, or even moderately sweet. Super. Sweet. I knew this from the last time I made them, so I set about making some not-so-sweet changes. I mean, how much can you fiddle with cookie dough brownies?! The answer is, not much if you don’t have 3000 hours. Last time I made them, I noticed that the cookie dough layer (my usual eggless and edible cookie dough) detached from the brownie layer when it was cut in to pieces. This time, I used some salted caramel sauce (that stuff again) to glaze the top of the brownie and stick the cookie dough frosting to the brownie. Yes, you read correctly. Cookie dough frosting. It’s essentially an american buttercream with brown sugar and a bit of flour in and it tastes exactly like cookie dough – except smooth! Perfect for frosting cakes and probably cookies with, though that seems slightly cannibalistic (…cookiebalistic?) Anyway, more on that later. The brownie itself complements the cookie dough nicely, but I wouldn’t say it’s the star of the show, the whole thing in its entirety is what it’s all about, my friends.
As I knew there were going to be candles involved, I decided to split the whole thing up a bit. I baked a big brownie in a large rectangular tin (traybake tin) and made a smaller brownie in an 8” round tin so it could be cut up like a cake. I loved the way you could see the layers of each in the round cookie dough brownie! If you simply want to make a smaller batch, then halve the recipe and bake in an 8×8” square tin.
Serves 35-40 (yes, really)
For the brownie:
225g salted butter, room temperature
400g golden caster sugar
70g cocoa powder
2tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
pinch of salt
300g plain flour
250ml whole or semi skimmed milk
For the cookie dough frosting:
500g icing sugar
160g salted butter
1tbsp vanilla extract
245g dark brown sugar
220g plain flour
1-2 packs milk chocolate chips
For the chocolate topping:
400g milk chocolate (you can use a combination of dark and milk)
Preheat the oven to 170FAN. Line a rectangular large-ish tin with baking parchment, leaving some overhang so you can remove it easily. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar for about 5 minutes. Beat in the cocoa powder, salt, vanilla and eggs one at a time ensuring everything is well mixed together. Alternate between adding flour and milk until it’s all done. I added half the flour, then half the milk and repeated. Spoon the mixture in to the tin, or tins and spread it out with a spatula until it’s flat. Bake on the middle shelf for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
Leave the brownies to cool completely in the tin while you make the cookie dough. Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl and melt the butter in 20 second intervals in the microwave. Let it cool slightly and then add it to the icing sugar and mix together. It will be pretty crumbly! Add the vanilla, brown sugar and flour to the bowl and mix on low. Slowly add milk, by the tablespoon to the frosting and it will begin to come together. You don’t need much – you don’t want it to be the consistency of regular frosting, it needs to be quite stiff and dry. If it’s too slack, then add more flour, not more icing sugar. Stir through the chocolate chips.
To stick the cookie dough to the brownie, and add a new dimension of flavour, brush the brownie with a sauce or a spread that has been melted down. I used some left over salted caramel sauce, but anything in a jar or a tin will do the same. Nutella would work, as would biscoff – just be sure to give it a whirl in the micro before spreading to loosen it up a bit. Once you have brushed your sauce of choice over the brownie, press the cookie dough on top, smoothing it out with your hands as you go along. Let it chill in the fridge while you make the topping.The topping is easy as pie – chocolate and half the amount of butter gives you a nice coating that you can easily slice through and keeps everything fresh. Put the butter and chocolate in to a bowl and heat it over a pan of simmering water, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Once melted, the topping should be smooth and creamy. Pour it straight on to the cookie dough brownies covering the whole thing. If you’re feeling a bit extra and want that funky feathered look, take a bit of the spread or sauce you used on the brownie and pipe it in straight lines across the top. Move a skewer in the opposite direction to get a feathered effect. Slice them up in to manageable portions and enjoy! (I let mine rest in the fridge overnight unsliced to get clean slices)
P.S – I got myself a super fancy camera last week and I LOVED taking today’s pictures. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them! Until next time everyone. X
Idea adapted from here