Wednesday, February 6, 2013

cookie dough brownies

Today, I am sick in bed with my laptop and a pile of magazines.  One of my favorite magazines is Oprah  (totally normal for a 16 year old girl... feel free to judge).  My favorite part is the column at the end called "What I Know For Sure," where every month, Oprah comes up with some super deep, super true comment on life to make, with a perfectly appropriate anecdote to go with it.  Classic Oprah.

I've been thinking, what do I really know for sure? This has been eating away at my brain for the past hour and a half and driven me all the way to Crazyville and back. Maybe it's all the DayQuil I've been taking...

I've finally come to the conclusion that the answer is: not much. 
I'm unpredictable, spontaneous, maybe even a little confused.
My handwriting changes on an hourly basis. 
Some days I wear earrings that dangle down to my shoulders, other days I look like I stepped out of a J. Crew catalog.
I never know what to order at restaurants. 
I don't know how I feel about real Christmas trees.  One one hand, they smell lovely and are so romantic.  On the other hand,  it makes me sad to think that this little tree was cut down just to be thrown out in a few weeks.
I often forget my keys and I have  no idea what I think about the situation in Afghanistan.

But then there are things that are uniquely "Erica."  Nothing huge, but these are things that I can count on, which is comforting.
Here are a dozen things I know for sure.
  1. Lullabies make me cry.
  2. There's no feeling quite like putting on socks fresh out of the dryer.
  3. Face masks are always better in theory than practice.
  4. I cannot drink plain milk.
  5. I will never be able to pronounce the word "sixth."
  6. I start a disproportionate number of my sentences with the phrase"but wait."
  7. Honeycrisps are the best kind of apple.
  8. Nothing is more refreshing than drinking ice water after brushing with minty toothpaste.
  9. Caltrate chocolate calcium chews are delicious.
  10. One of my eyes is a lot bigger than the other.
  11. Crunching on ice cubes is seriously addictive.
  12. Cookie dough brownies are really tasty.
These are the things I know for sure, the rest I’m just making up as I go along... and that's OK.  For now, I think I'm going to pour myself a glass of apple juice (not milk), eat three one of these cookie dough brownies, and wait for the DayQuil to die off before I go crazy contemplating any more existential questions.

What do you know for sure?

With love,

One more thing I know for sure: DayQuil and chocolate lead to hours of profound ruminations on life.

For the brownies:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 oz dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
For cookie dough:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tbsp almond milk or regular milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
For chocolate glaze:
  • 3 1/2 oz dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into cubes
Preheat oven to 350.  Line the bottom and sides of an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang on two sides.
For the brownies, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.  Set aside.  In a double boiler or a heatproof pan set over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter together.  Stir until smooth and remove from heat.  Whisk in the brown sugar until it is dissolved and the mixture has cooled slightly.  Whisk in the eggs and vanilla.  Using a large rubber spatula, fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until just incorporated.  Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the cookie dough, beat together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.  Add in the milk and vanilla, mixing until incorporated.  Add the flour and salt and stir until incorporated.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Gently spread the dough onto the cooled brownies, smoothing the top into an even layer. Refrigerate while the glaze is prepared.
For the glaze, melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler over low heat.  Stir until smooth.  Pour over the cookie dough and carefully spread into a thin, even layer.  Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. 

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  1. Aw poor thing!! I hope you feel better!

    I loved this post, toooo cute. I totally hate drinking water right after brushing my teeth, but that's ok I won't hold it against you :P


    1. Thank you! I was back at school today and am feeling much better (still not back in track practice though). Haha really you hate it? I find drinking ice water after brushing my teeth SOOOO refreshing!

  2. Love this post! One thing I know for sure is that I've been sitting at my desk since I've gotten home from dinner dreaming about sweet things and now all I can think about is eating these brownies. Holy moly...they sound AMAZING.

    Hope you feel better soon!

    1. Hahaha that's definitely true for me too! I got home early from school today because I am still a bit under the weather and have been on Foodgawker the entire time!

  3. I hope you feel better!

    And dude, these brownies - they look killer!

  4. Feel better soon!!!!!!! These brownies look amazing! I live in Texas and one thing I know for sure is that the weather is CRAZY!!!!!!

    1. Haha crazy weather in Texas? How so?

    2. Summers are WAY TOO HOT.....a small thunderstorm can bring HUGE hail (we've had 3 new roofs in 5 years!)...already 80 degrees in February!!!!!! Love the people, though, and wouldn't live anywhere else!

    3. Wow! Where I live, it hasn't hailed in YEARS! I'm glad you like it so much though!

  5. This is a really fantastic existential post and recipe--and I know for certain that I get a whole lot more existential when I have a fever. (Two weeks ago when I had the flu, I went on an entire tirade to my mom about how I want to "be a creator" in life rather than a worker bee. Wonk wonk.) Hope you feel better soon, although there's really never enough time to just stop and think!

    1. Hahhahaha that's so funny! I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets profound when I have a fever. I totally agree, the rest and time for reflection was much needed.

  6. Hope you're feeling better! These look super tasty! and I so never knew that sixth was so difficult to pronounce until you wrote that and I started trying to say it out loud, haha!

    1. Right?! I had no idea either, until I had to read aloud in class and couldn't say it at all!

  7. I stumbled across your blog today and have been loving it! These look amazing and I adore cookie dough! All of your photos are outstanding. I'm definitely going to have to spend more time perusing your recipes. :)

    1. Thank you so much Megan! I just checked out your own blog as well and I love it! Hope you stop by again soon!

  8. I found this on pinterest and decided to bake it tonight - I'm in the last stage - the brownies w/cookie dough are in the fridge cooling while I'm working for the water to boil to melt my chocolate... and I want to say it is SO good.. possibly my new favorite brownie recipe (the batter was delicious) and the cookie dough is great too (I used soy milk.. it's all I have, but still tasty). I can't believe you're in hs coming up with this stuff - when I was in hs, duncan hines was delicious!

    1. Oh yum! I am glad that you liked this recipe (and that I'm not the only one out there who judges brownies by the taste of their batter, haha). Good for you for being resourceful with the soy milk as well!

  9. These came out great! Used a fudgy-er glaze (replaced the butter with cream) because I had some left over, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly and they were great. What a clever idea!