This past weekend we celebrated Mr. Vittles' cousin Devon's birthday.
Devon is awesome. She's incredibly smart (a nurse practitioner), funny, charmingly OCD, and she has the nicest handwriting I've ever seen.
I wish I had a sample to show you. Then again, maybe that's for the better, because you'd just be super jealous. (Trust me.)
For such a tiny thing though, she loooves food... and wine. See Exhibit A:
I asked her mom, the hostess of the party, what we could contribute to the celebration- and apparently Devon requested I bake cookies.
Naturally, I was more than happy to comply.
Her mom hinted that she likes dark chocolate, so I knew it was the perfect time to test out these brownie cookies I bookmarked a while back. I used dark chocolate morsels, threw in some peanut butter chips for good measure, and these bad boys did not disappoint.
They're really chocolaty and chewy like a brownie, but with the portability of a cookie.
Because let's face it - once birthday girls blow out their candles & eat their cake/pie, they need to make the rounds to their adoring fans! They can't be bogged down with plates and napkins... it's all about the grab & go, baby.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies
- 1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, cut in 4 pieces
- 4 1-oz. unsweetened chocolate baking squares, chopped
- 1 10-oz. bag dark chocolate morsels, divided
- 1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 t. baking powder
- 1/4 t. salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 C. sugar
- 2 t. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 C. peanut butter chips (I like Reese's brand)
Combine butter, unsweetened chocolate, and 1 1/2 cups of the dark chocolate morsels in a large heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter and chocolate melt; cool.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350° F. Line baking sheet(s)* with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt until combined; set aside.
In large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer. Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture, beating well. Add melted chocolate mixture and beat well. Stir in remaining dark chocolate morsels (about 1/3 C.) and all of the peanut butter chips.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 1 inch apart onto prepared baking sheets.
Bake 10 minutes in preheated oven. Cool slightly on baking sheets (2-3 minutes), then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
*Note: You can bake two sheets at once, just be sure to adjust your oven's racks to the top & bottom third and you switch the sheets halfway through baking (move the one on the bottom to the top & vice versa) so they bake evenly.
Recipe Adapted from Southern Living Best Loved Cookies, Oxmoor House 2009