Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cookie Butter Swirl Brownies

So you're all going to hate me.

But secretly love me.

Trying to fit into that wedding dress or swim suit? Have big fitness goals or been trying to watch your sugar intake?

Well forget all that nonsense because I'm here to introduce you to absolute dessert insanity.

I'm sure you've all heard of TJ's Cookie Butter, right? If you haven't stop reading right now, go grab a jar and a spoon. Eat the whole jar a few spoonfuls, then come back.

I'll wait, don't worry.

Okay, back? Good. So Cookie Butter. It's absurd how good this stuff is. I went on an all out Cookie Butter binge a few months ago but once my jar ran out I never picked up another one.

Seriously, what on earth is wrong with me??

When Jen came to visit this weekend she brought Mud Bars from Great Harvest that were ridiculously tasty. For some reason as soon as I tried one Cookie Butter lept into my brain and as they say the rest is history.

These little beauties are dangerous. Like eat half the pan without blinking dangerous. I think I've finally found a brownie recipe that is so slap yourself in the face easy yet tastes like divine chocolate nirvana. This is a one pot deal people, no baking powder or soda. Nothing fancy at. all.

Just chocolate, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour and butter. A whole lot of butter. Thanks Deb. You are a genius. 

Now I could have just taken these epic brownies, swirled a whole bunch of Cookie Butter through them and called it a day. But um, hello have you met me? Do I like to make things simple? Or do I like taking things that extra step. That extra step that takes more time but is soooooo worth it.

Cookie Butter is made out of biscoff cookies, which are a simple biscuit type cookie spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice etc. I think they're pretty popular over in Europe but here I guess we're pretty partial to our Oreos and Chips Ahoy. The latter so not okay. The former I can fully support.

Anyways, I thought it would be a splendid idea to make some homemade biscoff cookies, smash them up and sprinkle them over the brownie batter then smother them with Cookie Butter.

I know, I know. I'm an absolute genius. See I told you you were going to hate, but secretly love me.

The homemade biscoff cookies are not absolutely necessary if you're pressed for time. If you can find packaged biscoff cookies that would work too. But if you have an extra half an hour, those little crumbs really take this dessert from wow to a sugar masterpiece that you won't be able to get out of your head.

Kind of like this song. Or this.

This is probably the last thing a future dietitian should be promoting, but gosh darn it I ran six miles today and I deserve a brownie!

I think you deserve one too. Don't you agree?

Cookie Butter Swirl Brownies 
Concept HTIC Original; Brownies from Smitten Kitchen, Biscoff Cookies adapted from Cupcake Project

Biscoff Cookies 
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. five spice powder
1/2 t. ginger
1/8 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. allspice
1/8 t. baking soda
1/8 t. baking powder
Pinch salt 
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 t. vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2 In a medium bowl combine all ingredients through salt. Set aside.
3. In a stand mixer cream butter and sugars. Add vanilla and mix to combine.
4. Add dry mixture to creamed mixture in three additions. Using your hands work the dough into a ball.
5. Grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Add ball to sheet and flatten into large thin disk using your hands. Bake cookie for 25 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Set on wire rack to cool.
6. To make crumbs break cookie into pieces and place in plastic bag. Using a rolling pin crush cookies until crumb consistency. 

Cookie Butter Swirl Brownies
1 stick butter, cut in pieces
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, cut in pieces
1 cup sugar 
2 eggs, whisked
1/2 t. vanilla
2/3 cup AP flour
1/2 jar Trader Joe's Cookie Butter, warmed in microwave for 40 seconds
2 T. chocolate chips
1 cup Biscoff Cookie crumbs 

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Over medium low heat melt butter and chocolate. Stir frequently with a whisk. Remove from heat as soon as all butter and chocolate have melted.
3. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs slowly, making sure to whisk after each addition. Whisk in vanilla and flour until just combined.
4. Grease a 9x9 pan with cooking spray. Pour half the brownie batter into the pan and spread until even. Top with 1/2 cup cookie crumbs and 1/2 of Cookie Butter.
5. Top with remaining brownie batter, cookie crumbs and cookie butter. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top.
6. Bake brownies for 30-32 minutes or until center has set. Allow to fully cool (1-2 hours...I know I'm so cruel!!) before eating to guarantee the best experience. Pour a tall glass of cold (soy, almond) milk and enjoy!
I'm not even thinking about posting the nutrition facts for these, because what would be the fun in that? If you're still interested, let me know. I can e-mail the info to you :D 

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  1. Truth - last week I ate a jar of cookie butter. In two days. 

    I'm wary of buying another one...but you're really pleading a case for doing so.

  2. StephsbitebybiteMay 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Oh. My Gawd. I need these in my life!