So, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things with blogging and I thought this would be a great recipe to do so. I added the newest BAKED book to my Amazon wishlist as soon as I read about it on BAKED's Facebook page. I was ordering part of Zach's birthday gift and needed an excuse for the familiar Amazon packaging to arrive at the house, so into my shopping cart went BAKED Elements. I love it! It's got the same humor and great stories/explanations behind each recipe and it's organized into their top ten favorite ingredients. I know the Pumpkin chapter will get a lot of use this fall and the Booze chapter is always a place to look for a delicious treat. In fact, Zach chose his birthday cake from the Booze chapter. Cinnamon is a favorite ingredient of mine, and about the only chapter I think we will skip is the Banana chapter (we both despise bananas).
So when BAKED Sunday Mornings decided to start baking along with this book and Brooksters was the first recipe I was very excited to jump back in with the group and bake-along. I made one modification to my Brooksters, deciding to make them in a mini loaf pan, since the book cautioned against dark metal pans and both of my cupcake tins are dark metal. My mini loaf pan is Williams-Sonoma Gold Touch, so I thought that would be a better option. I was wrong. The shape was all wrong and by the time the tops of the cookie were fairly dark brown, the insides were still pretty gooey. I don't mind as much as some people might, since I like things on the gooey-side but it was not ideal. Oh well, next time we'll give the cupcake pan a try and see how it works out that way. We did end up almost two dozen balls of cookie dough leftover after making the Brooksters, which we scooped out in 2 Tablespoons balls and froze, so now we can have fresh chocolate chips cookies whenever we want - yum!
Despite their textural flaws, these tasted amazingly delicious. The cookie dough was buttery and spot-on, the brownie was decadent and rich. Combined they are much more than the sum of their parts.
To get the recipe for Brooksters, and to join along with the group, head on over to BAKED Sunday Mornings!