Combination sweet treats have been making waves for quite a while now; and I think they are just awesome! I mean, isn’t it great that you get to fulfill your longing for two baked delights at the same time? 😀
Can’t decide between a croissant and a doughnut? Have a Cronut! Confused between picking up a bag of pretzels or a cupcake on your way home from work? There’s no need to rack your brain when you can indulge in a Pretzel Cupcake! If all your heart wants is a slice of cheesecake AND a slice of red velvet cake – here’s an idea, bake The Foodscape’s Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies! (Oh wait, that recipe doesn’t just combine red velvet cake and cheesecake, but brownies too! Win-win, isn’t it? Or should I say, win-win-win? 😉)
The idea of creating a fusion of two desserts to make one delicious masterpiece is just genius! And quick that I am to learn from the world of baking, here I am integrating two classic coffee-time munchies into one – to make Crownies!
Brownies + Cookies = Crownies! Yes; these Crownies are packed with the goodness of both Dark Chocolate Brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookies. Many call them Brookies, but I like to call them Crownies; look at them – they are more brownie-ish than cookie-ish, aren’t they? But hey, once you take a bite, it doesn’t matter what they are called. Well mostly because you can’t stop eating them! 😛 They are that incredible!
Here’s what you need:
For the Brownie layer:
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – 160 g
- Unsalted Butter – 113 g
- Cocoa powder – 2 tbsp
- Sugar – 150 g
- Eggs – 3
- All Purpose Flour – 100 g
- Vanilla Extract – 1 and 1/2 tsp
For the Chocolate Chip Cookie layer:
- All Purpose Flour – 1 cup
- Unsalted Butter – 1/4 cup
- Brown Sugar – 3/4 cup
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
- Cinnamon Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Egg – 1
- Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
- Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips – 1 cup
This is how you make Crownies. 🙂
The Brownie layer:
Step 1: Place the semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter in a heat-proof bowl; place the bowl over a pot of simmering water, making sure that the water isn’t touching the base of the bowl. Leave it to melt.
Step 2: Take the bowl off the heat and mix in cocoa powder and sugar until well incorporated. Beat in the eggs until the batter is fluffy.
Step 3: Add in the flour and vanilla essence and beat the batter until it is glossy and smooth.
Step 4: Pour the Brownie batter into a greased and lined 10 inch square tin. Smooth out the batter until it is in an even layer. Set aside.
The Cookie Layer
Step 5: In a bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, butter and cinnamon powder until the mixture is well combined, yet crumbly.
Step 6: Add in the egg and vanilla extract and beat well. Mix in chocolate chips and give the batter a final mix.
Step 7: With your palms, make little rounds of batter, flatten each of them and place them on top of the brownie layer until the surface is covered with a layer of cookie dough.
Step 8: Pop the Crownies into a preheated oven and bake at 165 degrees Celsius for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top of the cookies are crisp and golden brown, but a toothpick inserted all the way into the brownie layer comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Take them out of the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, cut yourself a piece and EAT!
These Crownies are the perfect amalgamation of an array of flavours and textures that are sure to make you go “Wow!” The ooey-gooey lusciousness of the Brownie layer with all that chocolaty goodness oozing through, paired with the crisp bite of the Chocolate Chip Cookie layer giving way to the moist cookie with welcome bursts of chocolate – I’d say that’s heaven right there!
Though I’m not a huge fan of chocolate, this was Ah-Mazing! And I had to exercise a great deal of self-control to stop myself from gobbling up the entire batch! Mom loved it; she took a very skeptical bite, but my, was she pleased! The boyfriend took a bite, closed his eyes and drifted away to paradise… and it was a good three minutes before he came back to earth and said, “This is so good! I’m so lucky!” (State the obvious, much? 😉)
If you like to hear such wonderful feedback from friends and family about your culinary prowess, I suggest you get into the kitchen and get baking! You’ll surely earn lots of brownie points, and some cookie points too! 😛