Spring Celebration Brownies

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These Spring Celebration Brownies are delicious, layered with flavor and absolutely perfect for any spring get together!

2015-03-26-5046 Some days it’s so much fun to try new things in the kitchen…and today was one of them! Putting together this MMM was such a nice change of pace.

So we’ve all heard of chocolate chip cookie dough brownies, sometimes with Oreos and sometimes not, or even slutty brownies. Honestly, for a long time I didn’t know what a slutty brownie was! Because although I am a food blogger, brownies aren’t my favorite, and I didn’t really care. Finally I decided I really should check it out, so I did.

Naturally I had to make a pan of chocolate chip cookie and Oreo fudge brownies, or what they also affectionately call slutty brownies. They were good but very, very heavy! I knew right away I wanted something a little lighter, so I wouldn’t be full for the next 3 days.

Because these aren’t as heavy as the triple chocolate original they are perfect for a scoop of ice cream and your favorite sauce or sauces!

If you are looking to impress your guests at any spring soiree, this brownie is your ticket!

Today I share with you my Spring Celebration Brownies, enjoy!

2015-03-26-5052 Of course you don’t have to add ice cream, hot fudge sauce and caramel sauce! That’s completely up to you! :)

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Dark Chocolate Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

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My Dark Chocolate Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect cookie when you really need a good chocolate chip cookie! Everyone will love these!

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I have probably told you guys about a million times my guys love, love, love chocolate chip cookies? Well that’s still true!

When I first stuffed these cookies with a sea salt caramel dark chocolate I wasn’t sure how they would turn out. I will spare you the hundreds of thoughts that ran my mind as a food blogger.

But I’m happy to report these cookies are REALLY good! Let me put it to you this way. The day I made these Dark Chocolate Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies I had to rush off to a meeting and was gone for a few hours. When I returned home almost all the cookies were gone!

Sure on my way out I told the boys they could have a few for snack and to put the rest away for later. So how could so many cookies be gone?

Each of my guys had a different story about what happened and nobody was talking! So either something really weird happened (yes that has been known to happen around here) or my guys were able to put away about 18-20 cookies in a matter of a few hours. You decide! :)

Hope you enjoy this Dark Chocolate Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie creation!

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I absolutely love the way the caramel pokes through just a bit to make you want to dive in face first!

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Milk Way Chocolate Chip Cookies

Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies

Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies

Right before the 4th of July I did a post on Snickers Cookie Squares telling you all how good they are, and how easy they are to bring to social functions; especially summer functions. Both of which are very true!

For the cookie squares I used a fairly new product that you may have already seen, called Snickers unwrapped bites. Now they also have Milky Way unwrapped bites, just like the new Snickers bites.

Isn’t life wonderful? Ooh, the possibilities with these yummy little nuggets are endless! Ounce per ounce they’re a little expensive, but they do go on sale frequently. I strongly recommend picking up two or three bags when they go on sale at a store near you.

I will warn you right now, these bags only contain about eight ounces. At first it seems like quite a bit, but it really isn’t. Once the bag is open, they go quick! :)

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So, what you see here is a picture of my XL Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies on a cooling rack.

The picture doesn’t exactly do a good job of conveying exactly how delicious these cookies are! See those Milky Way bites? They’re like little pillows of deliciousness melted into a fabulous homemade chocolate chip cookie.

Of course you can make the cookies any size you want to. I make a lot of my cookies XL, because that’s how I usually sell them at the Farmer’s Market.

My feeling is, if you’re going to sell someone a cookie, sell them a cookie they can really dig their teeth into!

To make XL size cookies I usually use my muffin top pans. I love my muffin top pans! They’re great for all kinds of baking. But again, you can make the cookies any size you want to, they’re your cookies!

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So let’s talk about a few basic concepts here.

Taste: I like these cookies best made with a homemade chocolate chip cookie dough that you add the Milky Way bites to. Of course, you can purchase cookie dough if you prefer. I know lots of people who never make their own cookie dough.

Texture: I was very concerned that the whole Milky Way bites would be to chunky for the cookies but they’re not. They’re actually very good whole! Keep in mind, a Milky Way is soft in the middle. So they tend to just kind of meld into whatever you’re baking. This is a good thing my friends!

Originality: I fully admit this isn’t a brand new concept. Although, where I live, I can honestly say I can’t buy anything like this. So I make my own. :)

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I think somewhere in the world just about everything has been done with chocolate chip cookie dough. I wanted to see how these big beauties would bake up AND take the guess work out of it for all of you!

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Ingredients

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding mix (this will help keep the cookies soft)

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 – (8 ounce bag) Milky Way Bites                                       

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Mix together the brown sugar, sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla. Continue mixing until incorporated. By hand, slowly add the flour, salt, baking soda, and instant pudding mix. Mix until combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Mix until mini chocolate chips are evenly distributed through dough. Gently mix in the Milky Way bites; mix until combined.

3. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out about 2 TBS of dough. Shape into a ball. Slightly press down on baking sheet. XL cookies will require 3-4 tablespoons of dough.

4. Bake XL cookies like mine for 13 to 15 minutes, or regular size cookies for about 8-12 minutes for regular size cookies. Bake until cookies are golden at edges. Do not overbake cookies. Cool for 10 minutes while still in muffin top pans or on cookie sheets before moving cookies. Then gently remove cookies with spatula to wire racks to cool completely.

MAKES 12 XL COOKIES, 24 regular size cookies 

Adapted from: Baking Blonde’s Peanut Butter Cookies 

 

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