|Six dozen Choc-Oat-Chip in the front and|
six dozen Toll House in the back.
Oh boy! As if I need another excuse to bake!
There are many varieties of brownies - not to be confused with blondies, which omit the chocolate and use brown sugar. (National Blondies Day is celebrated on Jan. 22.) Popular mix-ins include walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips, coconut and caramel — and the ever-controversial (and illegal) cannabis.
Brownies, whether they be cakey or fudgy, are classed as cookies — of the bar variety. I have had some difficulties with brownies in my illustrious cookie-baking past, simply because it can be hard to judge when they are done. Over-bake them and they become cracked and hard, losing their aroma and flavor. If they're under-baked, though, they are not chewy and fudgy, they're just icky!
|Dunkable Brownies are yummy and foolproof.|
I have written here about two varieties with which I fared better - Barb's Brownies and Brownies Cockaigne. But my favorite "brownie" is Baker's One Bowl Chocolate Brownie Cookies, which we call Dunkable Brownies.
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 c sugar
1 large egg
3 Tbsp plus 1 tsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
Pinch of coarse kosher salt
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1/4 c chopped pistachios
Position rack in lowest third of oven; preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter 2 baking sheets. Place butter and chocolate in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium-high until almost completely melted, about 1 minute. Whisk until smooth. Add sugar and egg; whisk until smooth, about 1 minute. Add flour, both extracts, and salt; stir just to blend. Let batter stand 10 minutes.
Scoop rounded teaspoonfuls batter onto prepared baking sheets, spacing apart. Spray sheet of plastic wrap lightly with nonstick spray. Place, sprayed side down, over cookies. Using fingers, press each mound into 2 1/2-inch round. Remove plastic wrap. Sprinkle pistachios over rounds. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until slightly darker at edges and firm in center, about 7 minutes. Cool on sheet 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack; cool completely.
I didn't use the almond extract but doubled the vanilla instead. Just a personal preference.
Unsweetened chocolate is not easy to come by in England unless I order it from skyco.uk.com (or Mom sends it to me). However, Waitrose recently started stocking Willie's Cacao, made by the Chocolate Man, Willie Harcourt-Cooze. These barrels of solid artisan chocolate come in several varieties, but I chose Venezuelan Black (100% Rio Caribe Cacao) for its complex nut and coffee notes.
During a break from baking, I talked to my cousin, Janet, and she promised to send pictures of her Christmas cookies. I can't wait to see them! When I called Mom, she said she couldn't sleep so she wound up making Chocolate Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies and something else.
|Janet and Rob's Christmas cookies!|
We got a care package yesterday from Mom, Aunt Catherine and Danielle! It was filled with all kinds of goodies: pickles, noodles, Velveeta Mexican, Lifesavers Story Book, more Chex cereals, Christmas candy, Nestle's Quik, albacore tuna and more! Aunt Catherine also sent an ornament for each of us: a dog for Charlie and a taxi for me! How funny! Thanks guys!!!
Now I'm off to make another (double) batch of Brownie Thins. Mmmmm!