Friday, May 13, 2011

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie "Double Threat"

So this is something new that I'm trying. Instead of using three batters like I have before (with cake also), I'm using two. The best thing about this is that it's SO easy because you can use some great box mixes! Picture the gooey, moist, chocolateyness of a brownie, with the soft, tasty, sweet texture of a mint cookie (with gooey mint and chocolate chips). Talk about mouth watering... 

The cookies also come from a package, which makes it super easy. The special ingredients that you may not have in your cabinets include mint extract and creme de menthe baking chips (I used Andie's mint chocolates and chopped them up).

Regular sized (heart shaped!) silicon baking cups

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix (So easy!!)
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
6 to 8 drops green food color
1 egg
1 cup creme de menthe baking chips
1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degress. Combine cookie mix, butter, mint extract, food color, and egg. Stir in the baking chips once combined. Set bowl aside

After following the brownie batter directions, you're ready to assemble!

There are several options. You can use a mini cupcake tray, regular sized, or a 13"x9" pan

For Minis: Use a teaspoon and spoon a little brownie batter to the bottom of each liner. Take another teaspoon of the cookie batter and drop it directly into the center of each. Your finished tray should look something like this:

Bake the minis for about 10 minutes. Watch them carefully! They may need a few extra minutes if the brownie is too soft.
Similarly, if using regular sized (like the silicon cups I used in the above picture), they should look like this. Baking times vary, but figure about 15-20 minutes. This depends on how much brownie batter is in each tin, since brownies don't bake as fast as cookies.

If using a 13" x 9" pan: The first thing is to pour the brownie batter, then take tablespoons of the cookie dough and drop them evenly along the top of the batter, so every "piece" gets a bite of the mint chocolate chip cookie. Bake as directed on the back of the brownie box.
Let these cool completely before trying them or removing them from the tins!
If there is any extra cookie dough, you can make regular cookies like I did. So delicious...

Because who doesn't like a nice green cookie

Enjoy! :)

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