Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chipster Topped Brownies

This week's assignment for Tuesdays with Dorie's weekly baking club is a base layer brownie topped with a chocolate chip bar cookie. It's a naughty treat leapfrogging on top of another naughty treat, and it's no simpler than making the two on their own. To work fast, you will need two able bodied men. If none are available, seek out two pint size charges, preferably with clean hands and bored expressions. Have them mix up the batter side by side, while you dump in the ingredients; no sense in getting out the sugar twice. There, now that's done. After we had just poured the batters into the pan, my mother convinced us to run down to the high school and see the grad night decorations. The charges were game (as usual) even though I didn't really want to go (as usual), but my mother is awfully good at convincing me to come along (as usual).

The entire gym was decorated in a Night at the Museum theme.




It was so fun and fabulous that we had to call my Dad and the neighbor and the Quiet Man and convince them to come up and take a look too. (My mom did the convincing; she's much better at it than I am.) When we raced home to pick them up, our weekend guests (3 of my sister's families with a combined total of 10 kids under the age of 10) had already begun to arrive, so my mom convinced them to come up and see it too. Some of them even stayed for the kick off fireworks, but I went home to work on my chipster topped brownies. And then we very nearly gobbled them all up before I could snap a picture. This was all I got:They were declared extremely yummy by all. (Click here for the recipe.) I thought they were a wee bit much, myself. I'd rather take each element separately, in its classic form. Also, I made a half sized batch but I baked it in a full size baking pan, which was plenty thick enough and helped stretch the recipe enough to serve the multitude that I call my family. And speaking of that multitude, there were finally enough people around for me to justify making jelly donuts. That's next....
Hope you all had a safe and happy Memorial Day.

18 comments:

Marjie said...

Mine are always eager to help, although the clean hands can be a challenge, but become easily bored if there's not a lot of excitement going on. Excitement usually means, "Can we turn the kitchenaid mixer up to speed 10 now?"

This is a great, decadent idea!

Michal said...

i think i'd probably be with you--i'd rather have a chocolate chip cookie in one hand and a brownie in the other than combine the two. still, i'd be willing to try them if you'd made them:) sounds like you had a great weekend with you sisters and kids in town.

Heidi said...

These look like something my kids and husband would love! Sounds like a bit of a sugar rush to me, but they look great :)

Karen said...

Your two bored charges look extremely cute! :) Glad everyone liked these!

Mandi (a.k.a MissMandiGirl) said...

The decorations are great and brownies look yummy!!!

Tanji said...

I love your Sailor-girl with her baby doll. Classic. :)

Di said...

My two are still very eager to help at any opportunity. Gillian (2 1/2) just recently started helping me (just stirring so far), and now every time she sees me getting out a mixing bowl I hear "Mommy! Will you get the big step out for me? I want to help!"

gigi said...

I'm telling you, your comentary just cracked me up! Especially those enthusiastic pint sized helpers. Just to cute.
Man that graduation decorations were the bomb!

taffi said...

I'm with you - sinfully delicious treats like those should be enjoyed separately.

Can't wait to hear about the jelly donuts, though!

Girl Japan said...

You all look like you are having a fab time, nice to get your family involved with cooking and baking- I wish I could get my husband more involved. The brownies look DELISH- seriously craving one at the moment.

Queen B. said...

Prudy !
Did you plant your baby spinach from SEEDS in the packet ?????
How long did it take for them to be able to pick ?
Do i have time if I do it NOW ?

Prudy said...

Queen B:
Yes! You have time to plant it from seeds! Spinach doesn't like too much heat so you'll need a shadier spot. Here's some how to on growing spinach: http://www.ehow.com/how_2002_grow-spinach.html
Best of luck!

lasinthekitchen said...

Your brownie looks great! I like the idea of a half recipe using a full size pan too.

Love the Easter Island statue! I just saw the first Museum movie and looking forward to seeing the new one out!

TeaLady said...

Those Brownies look really good.

Lucky you to have 'lots' of help in the kitchen.

The Food Librarian said...

I love your daughter holding her doll while mixing! :) The brownies look great...and the grad night looks like a lot of fun!

Jaime said...

i agree that it was a bit much, but not too much for me ;) your kids are so cute. sorry i've been absent from your blog for a while - life has been busy and i haven't been blogging as much

Emaline said...

I love the picture with the bowl dripping batter down the side! My youngest sister graduated from SC and said that grad night was awesome! How fun that you went to check it out! They go ALL out!

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