If combining rich, chocolaty brownies with cookies or candy sounds like heaven to you, try baking them up together.
Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan's chipster-topped brownies marry two perennial favorites, adding a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough onto brownies. "That recipe is the ultimate in decadence," says chowser. ROCKLES's wife has been been making a shortcut version for years by using box mixes, combining them in the pan before baking.
kattyeyes loved the idea of putting the two favorites together, but found recipes for a variation that sounded even better. "If you like chocolate chip cookie dough (who doesn't?!), you might want to try making your favorite brownie recipe, then frosting them with chocolate chip cookie dough when they're cool," she suggests. Simply replace each egg in your cookie dough with two tablespoons of milk to avoid any issues with consuming raw eggs. "REALLY GOOD STUFF if you're a dough lover," she raves, "and they keep great in the fridge in an airtight container."
These Oreo brownies nestle a layer of Double Stuf Oreos in the middle of the brownie batter. If you enjoy Oreos, these "will knock you out," says HillJ. She also combines another sweet favorite, Rice Krispies Treats, with brownies by pressing them into brownies just out of the oven, sprinkling the top with mini chocolate chips, and returning the pan to the oven just until the chips melt.
"For another brownie twist, I like to make them in mini muffin tins and insert a bite size candy bar in the middle," says sherriberry. Snickers and Baby Ruth work especially well, she says, but she also uses Rolos and mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapping these, chilling them in the freezer, and pushing them into the brownies as soon as they come out of the oven.
CHOW's Pecan Turtle Brownies echo the chocolate shop favorite by adding a caramel-nut topping.
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