Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Bars: When you can't decide between the two...
My family's two favorite desserts in this world are brownies and chocolate chip cookies. I have an arsenal of recipes to use when these treats are requested. But sooometiiimes even I like to throw wrench in the works. Enter the CCC Brownie bar. It's the fudgy goodness of a brownie with baked-in chocolate chip cookies on top. Or, for those that want to really change it up, you can make a layer of cookie cake and bake it off in a pan for ten minutes. And, THEN, add the brownie mix on top and bake it. Either way you will not be disappointed ...
Brownie Recipe :
½ cup white sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons water
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs, beaten
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅔ cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tbs baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Cookie Dough recipe:
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.) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts (if omitting, add 1-2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour)
Cookie Dough Directions:
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 morsels and nuts.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Grease an 8-inch square pan.
Combine sugar, butter, and water in a medium saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth; mix in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda; stir into the chocolate mixture. Spread brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoon onto the top of brownie mixture in the pan.
Bake in the preheated oven until top is dry and edges have started to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.