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Chocolate Espresso Brownie Cookies

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Chocolate Espresso Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Espresso Brownie Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are probably my favorite cookies in the world. On StreamingGourmet, we’ve done Michelle Obama’s award-winning chocolate chip cookies that have three kinds of chips. I’ve also featured Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies, as well as peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. You get the picture.

These Chocolate Espresso Brownie Cookies take things to a new level by bringing the fudginess and chocolatiness of brownies, to a cookie – and don’t forget the chips! Since these cookies have a higher ratio of chocolate to flour than average, the batter is not at all firm. You must use parchment paper, and basically spoon drop the batter (which will spread) onto the cookie sheet.

The softness of the cookies does make them more challenging than usual to remove from the pan once cooked, so allow them to cool first before even trying.

It’s all worth it for that melt-in-your-mouth, death-by-chocolate taste.

Chocolate Espresso Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Espresso Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Espresso Brownie Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 3 oz semi-sweet (62%-70% Scharffen Berger) chocolate, chopped into bits
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (Guittard are great)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp espresso powder
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a double boiler (I put a pyrex bowl on top of a pan of boiling water), combine the chocolate, half of the chocolate chips and the butter, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the eggs, sugar and espresso powder on high speed until very thick, about 3 minutes.
  4. Slowly add the melted chocolate mixture to the bowl, whisking just until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with a spoon until just combined. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
  7. Spoon heaping tablespoons of batter about 2 inches apart onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. The batter will be looser than normal cookie dough batter and will spread a bit. Sprinkle with sprinkles. Refrigerate batter between batches.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are cracked and puffed on top.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before transferring to a platter.
Chocolate Espresso Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Espresso Brownie Cookies

Ultimate Double Dark Chocolate Brownies

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Double Dark Chocolate Brownies

Double Dark Chocolate Brownies

Always in search of the ultimate dark chocolate brownie, I’ve blogged about brownies several times before. I’ve tried the Ghiradelli Classic Brownie Recipe. I’ve swirled chocolate brownies with pumpkin, and I’ve tried the Scharffen Berger Fudgy Brownie recipe. But now I can say, I’ve finally made the brownie recipe I will return to again and again.

The secrets to this recipe?

For one, I’ve doubled the quantity so that you can use a larger pan (and make more at a time). The larger pan slows down the baking rate a bit, and I think helps keep everything moist. Also, this recipe calls one more egg than the average recipe. Eggs make batters more cakey, and normally, I wouldn’t want my chocolate brownie recipe to be too cakey. If it’s cakey, then it’s not fudgy, right? We’ll the balance of chocolate, butter, flour and eggs in this recipe seems to hit it just right. They’re fudgy and dark, but they hold together well.

One of the other secret ingredients in this recipe is the espresso powder. In the same way that vanilla functions, the espresso gives the chocolate flavor additional depth and complexity. It doesn’t make it taste like coffee, it just anchors the chocolate flavor.

Lastly,the chocolate chips give these brownies texture and additional chocolate umph.

Double Chocolate Brownies

Double Chocolate Brownies

Ultimate Double Dark Chocolate Brownies
 
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Finally, the perfect chocolate brownie. High quality ingredients make the difference.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder)
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) butter
  • 1½ tsp espresso powder
  • 9.7 oz Scharffen Berger® 70% bittersweet chocolate baking bar, broken into pieces
  • ¼ cup of Guittard® Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1.5 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cup Guittard® Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350⁰F. Spray a 9x13-inch rectangular baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix the flour, salt, and cocoa powder together in a bowl; set aside.
  3. In a double-boiler (I put a pyrex bowl on top of a saucepan with boiling water, combine the butter, chocolate espresso powder and stir over low heat until all is melted and combined.
  4. Take the chocolate mixture off the heat and add the sugars, mixing until combined.
  5. Transfer the chocolate mixture to a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add vanilla and stir to combine.
  7. Add the flour mixture and stir just until blended. Gently stir in the chips.
  8. Pour the batter into the sprayed pan and push the batter into the corners with the back of a spoon.
  9. Bake the brownies for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Do not overbake. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Double Chocolate Brownies

Double Chocolate Brownies

Choo Choo Train Brownies

Choo Choo Train Brownies

Choo Choo Train Brownies

Okay. My 4-year-old is home for the summer, so how do we spend our time? Why, baking, of course. Today, he begged me to break out the train cake mold I haven’t used since his 2nd birthday. My complaint about cake molds like this one (and Williams-Sonoma has a new cakelette mold on offer every season. Currently, they are selling a caterpillar cakelette mold) is that the little cakes are difficult to ice and come out pretty dry. So today, when confronted with this cake mold again, I immediately thought, “Brownies!” They are the perfect solution because icing them is not a necessity and it’s easier to keep brownies moist (or downright fudgy if you like them the way I do). In fact, this particular mold is the perfect size for fudgy brownies, because the individual train cars are small enough to be single-serving, yet large enough to leave the very center just a little bit under-cooked (when cooked for 25 minutes at 350˚F).

I’ll be honest. I used a brownie mix as the basis for today’s adventure, with a few minor additions to make the brownies come out the way I like them. I used Marie Callender’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix.

Marie Callenders Brownie Mix

Marie Callender's Brownie Mix

I followed the directions on the package, but substituted melted butter for the vegetable oil (the same measurement) and folded in 3/4 cup of Nestlée Toll House Semi-Sweet morsels.

There was not enough batter to fill every train car, but it didn’t matter.

Just Out of the Oven

Just Out of the Oven

I was pleasantly surprised by the chocolaty quality of the finished product. I usually use Ghirardelli chocolate and go to a lot of fuss, but these were just as good and a lot simpler. My son had a lot of fun helping. Williams-Sonoma doesn’t sell this pan anymore, but Amazon does:

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Choo Choo Train Brownies

Choo Choo Train Brownies

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