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It’s Wednesday, we’re half way there folks! Not that I’m counting…

So, today I have a fun recipe for ya, guaranteed to make any chocolate lover drool. This recipe is my boyfriend’s favorite dessert and sure to please any man. Why, you ask? Well, let’s think about it…imagine, here you are with the desire to make the guy or person in your life a dessert that will leave them drooling and staring at you in utter adoration. So you think to yourself, hmm, what to make? The you think, well, I know every red blooded american boy loves a good chocolate chip cookie, but any man that loves chocolate will also love a gooey, fudgy brownie, what to do, which to choose??? Here’s the perfect solution, combine them both! These Cookie Brownies are the best of both worlds, rich, gooey, fudgy brownies combined with crisp, delectable chocolate chip cookies. It doesn’t get better.

 

Ingredients:

Cookies

 I use the nestle toll house recipe, because really, you just can’t go wrong. You could also make this part even easier on yourself and just buy some pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semi-sweet choc. chips

METHOD: Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips. set aside.

Fudgy Brownies I use this recipe 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • METHOD:

  • In a large bowl, stir together the cocoa and baking soda. Add 1/3 cup vegetable oil and boiling water. Mix until well blended and thickened. Stir in the sugar, eggs, and remaining 1/3 cup oil. Finally, add the flour, vanilla and salt; mix just until all of the flour is absorbed. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  • Next, pour brownies into a greased pan and spread evenly. Drop cookies by rounded tablespoon into the dough in rows. Press lightly into the dough so that the cookie dough spoonfuls are mostly under the surface of the brownie batter. This is the finished product before it’s cut up, but it should give you an idea of how to do this:

    Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 or until a toothpick inserted one inch from the edge comes out clean.

    Then the most important step:

    Dig in!

    Day 4 of the challenge:

    Topic: Your views on religion

    Boy, these topics are personal, aren’t they? I was raised presbyterian, however, I’m using the phrase “I was raised” verrrry loosely here. My Dad went to an Irish Catholic school and therefore, like most Catholics who went to a very strict Catholic school, is not so Catholic anymore. He didn’t want me to go to a church of any type until I was old enough to decide for myself. However, my mother, who was raised presbyterian, had a problem with this and wanted me to go to Church. What it ended up coming down to was me. I loved going to Sunday School and therefore went every Sunday that I lived in Oceanside. I also joined the church’s choir and went on Wednesday’s as well. When my family and I moved to another town I became involved in a Christian church and volunteered as a camp counselor for Christian retreats. This was super fun and I loved it but once I graduated HS and moved, I stopped going to Church. These days I would love to find a non-denominational Christian church around me to get involved in again, but honestly, I’m so busy that I haven’t made much effort. I also personally feel that you do not have to go to Church to have a relationship with God. I consider myself spiritual more than anything.

    You know what I also consider spiritual? These cookie brownie bars. Hahaha, just kidding, But seriously, they are amazing, let me know if you try them!

    What is your go to recipe when baking for someone else?

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