That’s not my kitchen counter.
And this isn’t labeled something along the lines of “Europe Trip”.
If you recall me stating a while ago that I tried writing a food blog on Word Press and kept one for Creative Writing, [ginger]snaps for you as you’ve probably figured this one out for the most part.
Since arriving home from Europe; I’ve spent around three to five hours a day working on the blog interface(new layout,organization, the like) and writing these plus thousand word posts. Writing wasn’t the awful part(I won NaNoWriMo ’09 in 19 days—first attempt; “come at me bro”); jetlag was…I’d wake up before 4:45 am then pass out like a log sometimes before 7:30am. I even calculated I spent 25% of my hours awake on Friday writing. If it sounds like I’m asking for a pity party because I was privileged to spend 15 days in Europe then “force myself” to blog about it, I’m not—I’m just showing my respect for people who write wholesome, decadent posts daily…they’re three times the writer I’ll ever be.
One of the first texts I received after coming home was from my friend LC. She wanted to have a sleepover…not a slumber party; a sleepover. I spent the night at her house giving her the firsthand scoop on the Europe trip as she vented out her frustrations towards life/society/people; something all realists do.
Chances are if you know who I am in real life, you know I bake. I’ve had people request me to bake certain things for them or to bring in food to share with a class but LC is different. As everyone else just wants the finished good, LC wants to learn how to make it…she wants to learn how. This kinda struck me as odd at first considering my perception on baking(following the recipes directions, making changes as needed, instinct) but then again, we became friends the moment I returned some bullshit right back to her. We didn’t really know each others name yet we knew something more important at that point—we could put up with each other as strangers so why not as friends?
LC had one request for the recipe; chocolate. Brownies with Hershey’s frosting are easily the most fool-proof recipe one can come across yet I wanted to do something more—add perhaps cookies?
As we scurried through her kitchen, we realized our improper ingredients(some sort of odd vegetable oil spread in stick form and egg substitute ) kinda backfired on us;
the brownies turned out mushy with a crisp top as the cookies baked out their indentations
so we mashed the brownies into something like a crust and re-dented the cookies.
the frosting was thinner than normal from my lazy hand whipping skills
so we opted to refrigerate the finished project over night.
we couldn’t find caramel chews
so we melted down the next best thing; Sugar Babies and Rolos.
The result? Sugary sweet chocolate breakfast.
For your own personal sake, I’d advise to use the proper type of butter and eggs and either strength or a stand mixer.
Death By Chocolate and Sugar “Brookie”
From Cooking For Justice: North Carolina Association of Assistant and Deputy Clerks; submitted by Phyllis Faulkner- Joes County-Assistant Clerk
2 cups sugar
1 cup margarine/butter/spreadable vegetable oil crap you’re not 100% of
½ cup cocoa
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1/4 cup nuts, if desired
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Bake at 325ºF for approximately 20 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Let cool then mash into pan.
Chocolate Caramel Cookies
Adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Sugar Babies
- 10-12 Rolos
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture until just combined. We beat the egg/sugar with a hand mixer then just stirred the rest by hand.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray one baking sheet with nonstick spray.
- Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough
- Using a teaspoon measure spoon, make indentation in center of each ball. Bake until set, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through baking.
- While cookies are baking, microwave candies and heavy cream in medium bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes; set aside until a firm liquid.
- Once cookies are removed from oven, gently press existing indentations with a spoon. Fill each indentation with a nice blob of the mixture. It’s okay if the mixture is a bit runny and goes all over the cookie—going to taste the same anyways. Set aside until cool.
Hershey’s Chocolate Frosting
Taken from the back of Hershey’s Cocoa
½ cup(1 stick) margarine/butter
2/3 cup Hershey’s Dark Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter. Stir in coca. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating until spreading consistency . Add small amount of additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups of frosting. Set aside.
To assemble everything:
Cover brownie with frosting then frosting with cookies.
Refrigerate until firm.
Eat whenever you want as long as you enjoy the massive sugar rush.
Life isn’t perfect nor is this recipe. But hey, you can’t say you started your week enjoying an surprisingly tasty treat of many mistakes.