Sunday, August 12, 2012

Easy ways to spruce up brownies

You could say these brownies are dressed to impress. And, they are amazingly simple. You just dress up what you have. If you have a killer brownie recipe, that works. If you don't, a mix works just as well. I made these peanut butter killer brownies, but chocolate chip cookie dough works just as well.

Here is what you need: 1 bag chocolate sandwich cookies, 1/2 batch peanut butter cookies (or chocolate chip cookies) OR 1 package of cookie dough, and 1 batch of your favorite brownie batter, prepared how you usually do it.

Pat the cookie dough in the bottom of your pan, add an even layer of your chocolate sandwich cookies, and pour your brownie batter on top. Works like a charm. Just bake as you normally would. Sometimes it can take 5-10 minutes more to bake, but they come out just amazing.


Now, let's talk variations. For those of us that want to go there, you can actually bake a sandwich cookie in the bottom of brownie cupcakes. It just so happens that the chocolate sandwich cookies fit perfectly in the bottom of standard size cupcake pans. And, peanut butter sandwich cookies can be broken in half and those fit perfectly as well. 


And, for even more variations, mini chocolate sandwich cookies (and mini peanut butter sandwich cookies) fit perfectly on the bottom of mini cupcake tins. Isn't that a happy accident? I thought so...or maybe it is deliberate, but I doubt it. Because, if it were, the mini chocolate chip cookies would be the same size (and they aren't).

Just in case your mind can't wrap around these devious delights, just think of the possibilities:

 - Chocolate mint sandwich cookies for mint brownies
 - Oatmeal Cookie base topped with brownies (no cookies) - I've done this quite a few times, and it's one of my favorite - especially if you put a layer of caramel between the oatmeal and the cookies.
 - Espresso chip cookie dough, chocolate sandwich cookies, and brownies with chopped chocolate covered espresso beans.
 - Butterscotch chip cookie dough, peanut butter sandwich cookies, brownie

The possibilities are endless! What are your favorites?

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