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Ginger Creme Brownies

4 Oct

I used to hate ginger and avoid it like the plague.  The spicy warmth when you took a bite out of it didn’t sit well with me.  But then I made these brownies and my whole world was changed.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I still hate pickled ginger like the stuff you get on the side of your plate at a sushi restaurant but Ginger Crème Cookies, man those are good.

I picked up a box at the supermarket the other day for no good reason except they where only 2 boxes left on the shelf. Am I the only who does that? Anyways, I figured they where good if everybody else liked them so I bought them.  Half the box was gone in two days.  Ginger Crème Cookies are like an adult Oreo, taken up a notch.  With the last 12 cookies remaining, I decided to stuff them into a brownie.  Best decision ever. You get the richness of the chocolate mixed with the heat of the ginger mixed with the spices.  So good! Enjoy!

Makes 16

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • A pinch of cloves
  • About 12 crushed Ginger Creme Cookies

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish. Line bottom with parchment paper, allowing 2 inches to hang over 2 sides. Butter parchment; set aside.

On medium to low heat, melt butter and chocolate together in a saucepan, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in remaining ingredients. Fold in the crushed Ginger Creme Cookies. Pour batter into prepared dish and smooth top with a rubber spatula. Bake for  30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean with only a few moist crumbs. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Lift out, and let cool completely on rack.

Note: You can find Ginger Creme Cookies in the Supermarket under the cookie section. The ones I used for the recipe were Newman’s Owns Organic-Ginger Oh’s.

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Graham Cracker Cookie Dough Brownies

31 Jul

These brownies where originally suppose to be Cookie Dough S’mores Brownies but when it came to putting on the marshmallows, I hesitated. Would it be too much? I ran out of the kitchen and asked my boyfriend. His answer was, “less is more”.  And for once, I listened to him.  Boy, am I glad I did. These suckers are rich.

Buttery graham crackers lay the foundation for a fudgy brownie and then topped with egg free cookie dough.  It’s a sugar high in the best form.  Enjoy!

Serves 12

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 12 tablespoons of butter melted

For the brownie layer:

  • 1 box of brownie mix

For the cookie dough: 

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature or almost melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips

Directions: 

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree’s F. Spray 8 by 8 inch pan with nonstick spray.

Mix together the melted butter and the graham crackers. Press into bottom of prepared pan.  Bake for 10 min or until browned.

In the meanwhile, make the brownies according to directions on the back of the box. Once the crust is done, pour the batter on top. And stick it back in the oven for the designated time according to the directions.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both the sugars. Add in the salt, the cream and the vanilla extract. Mix in the flour. Now, fold in the chocolate chips. Stick the cookie dough in the refrigerator until cold.

When the brownies are done, let them come to room temperature before assembling. Press the cookie dough on top of the brownies. Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Fudge Brownies

17 Jun

I have to confess, I don’t like frosting. Never have, never will. Now, before you string me up by my toenails and make me eat a jar of sickly sweet stuff, hear me out.  Sometimes frosting can be a good thing,  like on a cake.  But I hate when it’s piled on so thick, you can’t really taste the cake itself. Same goes for cupcakes. I usually scrape the frosting off and only leave a thin layer so it compliments the buttery richness of the cupcake but doesn’t drown it in icing.  However, there is no place for it on brownies.  If brownies and frosting hooked up, it would be a drunken one night stand.   A regrettable one at that.  Brownies are so rich and fudgy, perfect for ice cream or whipped cream, not for an overbearing drama queen like frosting.  So without further ado, I give you Chocolate Peanut Putter Oreo Fudge Brownies sans frosting. Enjoy~

Ingredients

  • One box of high quality brownie mix or your favorite recipe
  • 8 Oreos crushed up
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter and Co Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
  • 1 egg

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 8 by 9 inch pan; set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter and the egg, set aside.  Prepare the brownies according to directions. Fold in the crushed Oreos. Pour half the batter into the pan, spoon the peanut butter mixture by tablespoon evenly over the batter.  Top with the remaining brownie batter. Cut through the batter several times with knife to get marble design.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Store tightly covered.

Brownie Parfait with Strawberries

12 May

Last night I made brownies that looked like they were being drowned in butter. I have no idea what I did wrong but I am guessing that I took them out too early. The middle was a big gloppy mess but the outside was palatable so I salvaged it and threw out the rest.  I didn’t have a clue  what  to do with them because the scraps certainly weren’t pretty enough to take pictures of.  When I was laying outside in the beautiful weather today, an idea came to me. Crumble the brownie’s and put them in a parfait.  When I came home, I did exactly that and put some strawberries in the mix. It was quite delicious. I am not going to provide exact measurements because I believe you can  probably wing it with yogurt, strawberries and brownies.  Enjoy!

Ingredients 

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Chopped up brownies
  • Cut up strawberries
Directions:
Start with greek yogurt and then layer on the brownies, top with more greek yogurt and then add the strawberries. Finish off with the brownies on top.
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