As you've seen in one of my previous posts, I'm going through a phase in which I love combining desserts. With there being a bake sale at my office last week, I was given the perfect opportunity for some sweet experimentation.
Now, this being a bakesale, I wanted to go with a base that's a known crowd pleaser. Going with the "you can never fail with chocolate" rule, brownie seemed like the way to go. Also, I had some leftover chocolate chip cookie chunks hanging-around in my freezer, that I figured would add a nice bit of texture. My only concern though, was that cookie and brownie alone would get too dry. After a bit of pondering, I figured that a nice homemade caramel would be the perfect glue to bring this all together.
After combining the brownie batter and cookie chunks, I laid broken chunks of caramel on top, which seeped-in to the brownies while baking.
The final result, as seen up top, were rich and super moist brownies that were indeed a crowd pleaser at the office.
Ingredients (makes 21 bars):
- 1 Cup white sugar
- 1/2 Cup butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 Cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp instant coffee
- 2 eggs
- 1 Cup cookie chunks (store-bought cookies should be fine)
- 1 serving homemade caramel, from this recipe
- Make the caramel as per the recipe in the link, and leave to harden in the freezer
- Once the caramel has hardened, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and mix all the brownie ingredients together, adding the cookie chunks last
- Spread batter in a greased 13"x9" pan, and lay broken caramel chunks on to the batter, just like in the picture above
- Bake for 25 minutes, the let fully cool at room temperature