Chocolate Chip Hybrids

Every once in a while, I have a good idea.  You all know I’m not great in the kitchen, I see other people coming up with simple yet brilliant combinations that make me think, “why didn’t I think of that?”  So my recent dilemma of wondering whether I wanted to bake brownies or cookies sparked an idea…. can I make both?  Together?  A hybrid brownie-cookie?

Yes, I can, and they are fabulous.

This is actually the second round of tweaking, because I used a brownie mix for the first ones.  Which tasted phenomenal, but you know that problem getting brownies out of the pan sometimes?  I had that on every. single. cookie.  So they didn’t look very beautiful at all by the time I had to pry them out of there!  So for this round, I used a regular cake mix, and made it like cake mix cookies.  Much, much easier to work with.  So while I am calling these half-brownie – they are technically not made from a brownie mix to come out this well (though if you have a great brownie removal method – by all means, try it the other way instead!)

Chocolate Chip Hybrids

Brownie portion – mix separately:
1 Chocolate Cake Mix (18.25 oz.)
2 eggs
1/2 c. oil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together and drop into 24 greased (or baking-sprayed) muffin tins.  I didn’t measure exactly how much went into each tin – about the size of a walnut, I’d say – I just divided it evenly and pressed it onto the bottom of my tins.

(A tip if you have never mixed up cake mix cookies: don’t bother with your mixer!  The batter is very stiff.  The photo below… yes, you can stand a spoon in it.  I’ve gotten batter all over my kitchen trying to use the mixer – only to discover that they stir quite easily with a spoon!)

Cookie portion – mix separately (or use your favorite recipe, or refrigerated dough – you just need enough for 24 cookies):
1 egg
1/4 c. plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 c. plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 bag chocolate chips

Roll a cookie about the same size as your brownie.  Flatten it out so that it’s nearly the same size round as the tin.  Press one into each cup, covering your brownie mix.  You may notice below that one set of tins looks much fuller… apparently they are way different sizes!  But they don’t rise very much, so this shouldn’t be a problem!

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Remove when the cookie browns.  Cool on a wire rack.

My first batch wasn’t quite done enough at 14 minutes, and the centers fell.  They were wonderfully chewy, but not so beautiful.  I’m used to making chewy cookies, so these looked done to me.

I brought them in to work where it was suggested they would be awesome with a little scoop of ice cream in the center if they sink like this… seriously, why do I not think of these things myself??

But I cooked the other batch an extra minute, and they came out great!

I would absolutely make these again.  Everyone loved them!

What about you – do you experiment in the kitchen?  What’s your favorite creation?

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~ Adrianne

Comments

  1. Mmmm,…these look fabulous. I definitely experiment in the kitchen but not with baking. I don't mind baking, but I am a much more confident cook so that's where I do my experimenting. My grandfather used to laugh that I would say I used a recipe but my end result wouldn't look anything like the original recipe. Ah well, more fun that way.

  2. Looks yummy! Do you ever buy/make the cookie brownie cake from betty crocker?

  3. Danni Baird says:

    Pure awesomeness!

  4. Kara at Petals to Picots says:

    Wow! This is a good idea! Yummm

  5. Jillian Nicole says:

    Yummy… I have to give this one a try.

  6. allisamazing says:

    I can just tell from the pictures that my family will devour these. I must give them a try :)

  7. JoKnows says:

    These look absolutely amazing! The scream delicious. I will have to try them!

  8. YUM! these look good! new follower =)

  9. You are a genius, you could make millions! These look so incredibly good on my dieted belly! Um I know it is the wrong post, but thanks for hosting my friend!

  10. Umm this is the BEST idea ever!!!! It looks absolutely Yummy!! Way to go! Thanks so much for sharing this as well at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

  11. Dorothy says:

    LOVE. These look amazing!

  12. Ave Renee says:

    omg I HAVE to try this. my mouth was drooling through the entire read :O)

  13. Mmmm mmm good! These look delicious!

  14. Sue Alexander says:

    those look so good!

  15. Trish - Mom On Timeout says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Genius! Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  16. It’s a wonderful idea to make 2 in 1! Yummy!

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