During all of the crazy snow we had this winter, my in-laws were visiting and had their flight cancelled. Not normally a big problem but the grocery stores were stripped clean of essentials which made meal-planning tricky. I was lucky that I had already picked up ingredients for this, originally thinking it would just be for the four of us, but it ended up feeding the six of us with leftovers. And, it was so easy!
I had seen these cookies and read about them over and over but never got around to making them. They just seemed not super special. Just a chocolate cookie. And then I saw a video where someone used this recipe to try to mimic an Oreo cookie. That got my attention and so I decided to try these. I ended up making the dough at night after the kids went to sleep and it came together really quickly.
I’ve been doing a new thing where if possible, I try to make a half batch of a recipe. It doesn’t always work if a recipe calls for one egg, or the like, but if I can, then it makes it so that we can get through the treats in a reasonable time without stuffing our faces constantly. I’ve been less hungry, but still wanting to bake a lot. So, this lets me satisfy my baking itches and my belly needs. The recipe today is an example. You can make a double batch of what I wrote (which is half of the original) or you can make it as is. This will make between 24-30 cookies, which is perfect for our small family to enjoy. It leaves you wanting more…without them getting stale first.
For Christmas, I received two new cookbooks from my Dad and M. One was the new Dorie Greenspan cookie book and the other was a book from Ina Garten. The Dorie one has been awesome since I rarely have problems following her recipes, and they always turn out tasty. The Ina one has some good-sounding recipes but so far I’ve only made one, which I will share below. Both of these recipes today are okay…they tasted fine, but there are reasons I will be unlikely to make them again. If you have these cookbooks and were thinking of making these, well, read ahead and see if you still want to. You just might, or you might hold off and make something else (like these brownies).
Let’s start with the cute…the Fudgelet attempting to help me line the cupcake tray. He struggled with separating them and mostly would give me a stack of 5-10 in each. Oops.
Somehow, Dorie was correct. These brownies are both a bit fudgey and a bit cakey. Not one or the other fully, and yet they are delicious. They are not “traditional” tasting brownies, but they are good when you want brownies that are a little different. They aren’t more work than some other brownies, but they do require a mixer.
This is a fairly straightforward cake with a hint of fancy. The fancy comes from the brown butter and vanilla bean. You can even add some rum or other flavorings if desired. It’s half breakfast, half snack cake. There wasn’t a picture in the cookbook, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it ended up as I expected. It is not your typical fluffy, light cake. But, I think that’s part of the reason you can eat it all day long. It’s not too sweet, either.