Picture the scene. It’s Sunday night. You want to bake a tin full of goodness for work tomorrow. But should you make brownies or cookies? Answer: both. And don’t hold the chocolate chunks.
Described by one of my colleagues with a completely straight face as ‘one of the best things I have actually ever eaten’, I recommend this most excellent of hybrid baked goods to you.
115 g unsalted butter
115 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
190 g dark or light brown sugar
25 g granulated sugar
2 large free range eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
45 g cocoa powder
130g plain flour
115 g dark chocolate, chopped into fairly generous chunks
- Melt the butter and dark chocolate together in the microwave or a very low heat on the hob. Remove from the heat when the chocolate is almost melted, then stir until smooth.
- Whisk both sugars into the melted butter and chocolate mixture before adding the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla.
- Whisk in the baking soda and salt, and sieve the cocoa powder into the batter.
- Next, sieve in your plain flour and stir until combined.
- Add the chunks of chocolate and stir in.
- Pop the bowl into the fridge for about half an hour (but apparently you can leave it in for up to a few days). The chilling makes these easier to scoop. If you leave the batter in for longer than 30 minutes it’ll harden more, so leave to sit at room temperature for a little while before spooning out.
- Once the dough is chilling, preheat your oven to 175°c.
- Scoop the dough into about two-tablespoon sized mounds and place evenly on a tray / trays lined with baking paper, allowing room for them to spread out a little.
- Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, at which point they will still definitely look like they aren’t baked. Take them out anyway, because you don’t want to lose the fudgy, soft centre.
- Let the brownie cookies firm up on the trays for a few minutes before carefully transferring to a cooling rack.
- Enjoy warm if you can, but in case you’re not up for demolishing the entire batch in one sitting or you have people in your life who expect you to share, these are also yummy (and still fudgy – yay!) once cooled.
This recipe is from Smitten Kitchen. The photographs and other words are © Rebecca Daley and ohtogoawandering, 2016.