Cookie Dough Brownies

Uhhhm. Yummy. That’s all I have. To. Say. These are not for the faint of heart. Not for the diet-goers. Not for the folk who only want a ‘little’ bit of sugar. These are for true dessert lovas! I introduce to you: Cookie Dough Brownies. Delicious.

Delish

I wanted to share this with you because this is one of the easiest ways to make a delicious dessert with no fuss. This will satisfy the chocolate lover in all of us plus the brownie lovers out there can get their fill too. I bet you could even spruce this recipe up with cookie dough that has nuts in it or peanut butter cookie dough would be a tasty option! You could even make this dessert with Blondie batter; Oh my. The combinations are ENDLESS. So go forth to your grocery store. And get the supplies NOW.

To make this deliciousness, all you have to do is prepare the brownie batter according to the box and then pour into a 9 x 9 greased pan. Scoop spoonfuls of cookie dough and press into the brownie batter until there seems to be a even ratio of cookie dough to brownie batter. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until the tops of the cookie dough is nice and brown. Remove from oven and then let cool.
For the chocolate ganache topping, melt 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips, 3/4 cups of whipping cream and 5 tbsp of butter in a saucepan over low heat until the chocolate chips are smooth and melted. Pour over the brownies and then put in the freezer (if you’re not patient enough like me to wait for the fridge to cool these babies off) until set, about 45-60 minutes. Cut into pieces and pig out, I mean, enjoy.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Banana Bread



Guess what? Tomorrow Little Miss Baker goes back to Canada. It’s heartbreaking to leave Chicago but it also means it’s back to business and back to baking for me. My brief blogging hiatus is coming to an end thankfully! Since I wanted to leave APB with something sweet for when I am gone, I decided to make him my fave recipe, the best banana bread ever!
I also had a few brown bananas frozen in my freezer and was thinking to myself how great a piece of banana bread with a little butter and a cold glass of milk would taste. The results? See for yourself above! Our entire apartment still smells delicious. I sprinkled some chocolate chips and walnuts on top for a little snazz :) The recipe is one I play around with all the time since there are countless methods of making yummy banana bread but this one seems to be just right. Try to use bananas that are very brown, almost to the point where you may feel like you need to throw them out. If you have bananas like this but would like to make the bread a different day, peel the bananas and keep them in the freezer until you are ready to use the bananas. They will keep frozen for a few months and taste perfect in the bread!

Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

1 cup of mashed bananas

1 1/2 cups AP flour

1/2 cup of sour cream

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 stick of butter

a dash of vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

a dash of salt

chocolate chips and walnuts, however much you’d like

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Get lots of bowls ready for the batter! Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray or butter and set aside. In a small bowl mash about 3 bananas together to make one cup of banana guts. In a seperate medium sized bowl cream your butter, sugar, eggs (one at a time) and vanilla together until creamy and blended.
Add the flour, and the remaining dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Once combined add in the sour cream and chocolate chips and nuts if you’d like. Make sure everything is equally blended and pour into greased loaf pan. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and chocolate chips. Bake for 1 hour, give or take a few minutes. Let cool completely for 20 minutes and lightly wiggle out from pan. Wrap and cover to keep fresh and enjoy!

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