Today I’ve been thinking a lot about cronuts, so naturally I started searching for a good recipe. It's such a perfect combination of two really great things. It got me thinking about other sweets that could be combined to make a better treat. My all time favourite treats are cookies and brownies. I love brownies because every Christmas my aunty would bake me a big batch and bring them along to family dinner. I used to think it was such a treat and felt so special that she had made them just for me. I love cookies too because they are just so simple and uncomplicated. Sometimes after making macarons or tarts all day (which can involve a lot of concentration) I crave some simplicity. So why not take these two simply delicious treats and combine them? I think you can tell where this is going...
Brownie cookies are pretty much the ultimate sweet for me. For a start, they are super simple to make, you don’t need to have a heap of ingredients and they are really versatile. For example you can turn them into cookie sandwiches by putting a peanut butter frosting between two (if you want to be a bit indulgent). Or if you're short for time when planning a dinner party, you can just fill them with ice cream and serve them as a plated desert. Mostly I prefer them just on their own though, ideally with a long black sitting in the sunshine.
- 400g dark chocolate
- 80g butter
- 4 eggs
- 300g sugar
- 1tsp vanilla bean paste
- ½ cup plain flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- In a microwave or over a pot of simmering water, melt together the chocolate and butter. Stir until combined.
- With an electric beater or a KitchenAid, beat together eggs, sugar and vanilla for 15 minutes.
- Stir in the chocolate and butter mix.
- Sift in both baking powder and flour.
- Set aside for ten minutes.
- Place tablespoons of the mix on trays lined with baking paper, allowing room to spread.
- Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool on the tray before moving.