Tuesdays With Dorie: Chipster-Topped Brownies

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I like brownies. I love chocolate-chip cookies (most especially ones made from the amazing oatmeal chocolate-chip recipe on the Quaker Oats box). How could I go wrong with this week’s TWD recipe, which combines the two.

I managed.

I made these in a hurry, a couple of hours before #2 Son’s belated 12th-birthday party. He planned it himself; my only job was to provide the food, so I figured this was a perfect opportunity to make this week’s selection. (I also made one of June’s selections, but you’ll have to wait a while to hear about that.)

A lot of people mentioned having trouble spreading the cookie dough over the brownie batter. That wasn’t a problem. The batter stiffened a bit while I was making the dough, and I just used small spoonfuls of dough and smooshed them together.

Then I baked it for 45 minutes, less than the 50 to 55 called for in the recipe, and when I took it out the cookie layer was dark, maybe too dark, and had risen higher than I expected. I stuck a knife in and got just a few streaks of chocolate, just like the recipe says. So I let the brownies cool in the pan. They unmolded fine.

I trimmed off the burnt edges, and they were good. I sliced a couple of rows of bars, and except for a distressing tendency for the cookie layer to crack, all was well. But when I got to the third row brownie batter oozed out, essentially unbaked. I happen to love brownie batter, so I’m perfectly happy to eat it that way, but it felt wrong serving raw eggs to other people’s children.

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They ate the edge bars, though, and they seemed quite happy with them. I got only three quotes, though; sorry about that.

Friend #1: I’ve never heard of a cookie being on top of a brownie. I thought it was really yummy!

#2 Son: They were pretty good. The brownie was delicious, but the chocolate chip cookies on top were overly salted and too crunchy and not all that good. [That didn't stop him from scarfing them down.]

Husband: I liked the middle ones better, where the bottom of the cookie layer was still gooey. Overall, I thought they were a little too sweet.

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I thought the brownies were pretty good, although too dark for me. I loved the cookies on top. But together, they just weren’t as sublime as I thought they’d be. Oh, well.

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Go see what all the other TWD bloggers did with this recipe, and if you want to try it for yourself, buy Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or visit Supplicious; Beth is the blogger who chose this recipe for us this week.

11 Responses to “Tuesdays With Dorie: Chipster-Topped Brownies”

  1. pamela Says:

    Sorry you had some baking issues with these. They do look wonderful, though. And serving them at the party was a really good idea.

  2. Teanna Says:

    Yeah, these didn’t knock my socks off, either! They look great, though! Your cookie layer looks perfect!

  3. isa Says:

    Mine were a little gooey in the middle either. Sorry that your brownies didn’t turn out well. They looks wonderful.

  4. Kim Says:

    So sorry the center didn’t set. I loved them. I love the quotes. Especially about the cookies being too salty. I’m sure he said that while shoving it in his mouth.

  5. chocolatechic Says:

    I didn’t have any problem spreading the cookies, I had problems getting the done.

  6. Lori Ann Says:

    Your brownie certainly looks sublime! I like the edges best because I like crunchy. I like the quotes you share, your #2 son has quite the palate.

  7. dharmagirl Says:

    these edge pieces look wonderful! i’m sorry these weren’t as spectacular as you thought:(

  8. Judy Says:

    Your brownies look delicious even with the issues. My brownie layer stiffened up as well while I was making the cookie topping. I think that helped keep the top layer from sinking

  9. Kaitlin Says:

    It’s frustrating when a recipe doesn’t turn out as promised, especially with a recipe that sounds so good. I know you weren’t the only one who had issues getting this recipe to bake properly.

  10. Leslie Says:

    They didn’t thrill me either (but mine had a ooze leakage issue that doomed them to the trash can). At least we have another recipe for next week!

  11. Margot Says:

    Your layers look great! I thought spreading the cookie dough would be the biggest problem, too, but it was definitely the uneven baking. Did you actually have a birthday the month the perfect party cake was selected? I had been hoping it would coincide with my birthday and it didn’t.

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