I’m sure we were all thinking the same thing when we read the description of this week’s recipe, a bar cookie that combines chocolate chip cookie dough and brownies:
“Toniiiiight is the niiiiight that two become oooone…”
Don’t play coy. You were all with me on the Spice Train, right?
[And also, I'm sure you've all seen the Spice World movie, right, and currently have an awesome mental image in your head of Alan Cumming singing "3 become 1" in a parody, right? ...just me, then? Okay.]
Aaaanyhow. Brownies! Chocolate chip cookies! Two become one, indeed.
These looked pretty sexy, what with the fudgy brownie bottom and the super crispy, chocolate-studded topping. They were a little iffy in the pan (a bit cracked on top, and way past the “golden brown” stage for me) but once cut, they looked much more palatable. And also, enormous. I don’t know why I physically can’t cut small slices, but it’s like a personal failing. Each bar must be at least 3″ long. It’s like my knife hand has as mind of its own.
I was all ready to love these right up, because I’m a simple girl, with simple tastes, and chocolate chip cookies and plain brownies are two of my favorite things. But I think in this case, the final product was a little less than the sum of its parts. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t bad, and heaven knows I ate half the pan myself, so I did enjoy them. But I guess at the end of the day, I’d rather have a really well-made cookie and a well-made brownie separately than the two baked together.
But these were a fun little experiment, and I did think the brownie layer was ooey gooey goodness. The cookie layer could have been beefed up a bit more, since all I really tasted was a crackly crust. I think the extremely long bake time was a problem–by the time the brownies were done, the cookies had been baked into oblivion.
Next time I might try baking the brownie layer a bit first, and then adding the cookie layer, so that the cookies stand a chance of retaining a bit of soft texture. And, you know, I would consider adding a touch of cinnamon or something, since they could use a little...spice. Hi-yo!