Holy cow, this recipe contains A LOT of chocolate! (Not to mention the amount of butter – almost a full pound!) My buddy P at work celebrates his birthday today so I thought I’d bring it to work in honor of his birthday… unfortunately I got to work and looked around my car for the container of brownies and realized I forgot it on the kitchen counter! Sheesh. Happy Birthday P! (It’s the thought that counts right? I’ll bring it in tomorrow!)
Back to the Chipster-Topped Brownies. I LOVE chocolate but I have to say, this was almost too much for me! Melting chocolate and butter over simmering water usually turns out disastrous for me, I tend to overmelt and the result is not very pretty. This time I took the chocolate away before it had all melted and stirred the chocolate and butter until it looked exactly like it was suppose to – melted, shiny, and smooth! The brownie batter turned out really well and tasted soo good! I try not to taste the batter too much – especially when raw eggs are involved but I couldn’t help myself! It was like chocolate frosting or chocolate truffles, either way, my tummy really appreciated it. =)
Note to Self: Do not use hand towels straight from the dryer when baking. (I found out that the hand towels happened to have lint on them – how did I find out? I noticed the lint in the melting chocolate/butter mixture.) O, well, my co-workers may find they have a little bit of lint/fiber with their brownies tomorrow…
The cookie batter was a breeze. It was soft enough so that I didn’t have any trouble spreading it over the brownie batter. The smell coming out of the oven was soo delicious! Brownie and chocolate chip cookie smells at the same time, it just doesn’t smell better than that I tell you!
I did have a bit of trouble trying to figure out just when it was done. I went well over the 55 minutes. The middle of the brownie had quite a few slits in it because I kept testing different parts of the brownie with my knife for doneness. I finally got what I thought was a clean knife except for a swipe of brownie goodness.
It was a little bit of trouble cutting the brownie into pieces. The cookie was crumbling, the brownie was falling apart in pieces in places. But it looked good. I sampled the cookie crumbles and the brownie pieces and they were quite tasty. I haven’t tried them together so I’m not sure about the taste. It seems like it would be really rich together and it would definitely need a tall glass of cold milk alongside it.
Amazingly, I’m not sure if I would bake this again. It was soo much chocolate and butter! I might bake it again if I had to bring a dessert or perhaps make a half recipe. It’s a bit much, and you know, bikini season is upon us!
Next Week: Cinnamon Squares
Last Week: Fresh Mango Bread