Hey guys! Happy 2 days ’till Christmas! It’s so crazy how fast this holiday season has gone by.
This year, I haven’t been in much of the holiday spirit at all, mostly because of this year’s crazy exam season (I’m a sophomore in high school). Even though we’ve decorated our house and put up our inflatable snowman outside, the stressing about studying for finals and trying to keep my grades up has honestly made me forget how soon Christmas is (and how soon it will be over!)
I’m currently in Santa Barbara hanging with my family, and we’ll be doing a gift exchange soon. I’m super happy to be in their company; I haven’t seen them in over a year! There’s a ton of great food around here, and my uncle is an amazing cook, so I’ve got my stretchy pants on… and ready to eat my way through California!
Speaking of stretchy pants, you’re really going to need a pair for these brownie-stuffed chocolate chip cookies I’m sharing today. I’ve kind of been on a cookie rage lately – did you see my cookie recipe I posted last week?
I first thought of making these cookies after attempting to make the iconic Buzzfeed brownies (check out the video my friend Brooke posted – it’s hilarious!) Buzzfeed has tons of brownie videos on their Youtube channel, and most of them are super crazy variations on the classic brownie, like caramel, peanut butter, cheesecake, cookies and cream, and more! Eventually one thing led to another and I ended up making these brownie-stuffed chocolate chip cookies at 10 PM yesterday when I was supposed to be packing for my Cali trip.
HOW TO MAKE BROWNIE-STUFFED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
the cookie: just a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, nothing fancy
the brownie filling: just a basic brownie recipe, nothing fancy
so how do you get the brownie inside of the cookie? the trick is, as you’re supposed to do with most cookie dough recipes, to chill the dough. By chilling both mixtures, it’s super easy for you to roll the firm brownie batter into a ball and wrap the cookie dough around into a big delicious ball of cookie dough.
That’s honestly all there is to it! It takes a little bit of work making two different cookie batters and kind of a lot of waiting for the batter to chill and the cookies to cool, but I promise you it’s worth it. What could go wrong with having a bit of chocolate chip cookie and fudgy brownie all in one bite?
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 oz chocolate chips (about ½ cup)
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- In a large bowl, add the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Whisk until the sugars have been fully incorporated and the mixture is pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs vanilla extract.
- In another bowl, mix together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch).
- Mix dry ingredients into the wet until all of the flour is mixed in. Stir in chocolate chips, mixing until chocolate is uniformly distributed in the cookie dough. Cover with cling wrap and chill for 4 hours, preferably overnight.
- After making the cookie dough, begin making the brownie batter. In a microwave-safe bowl, add chocolate and butter. Microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted, stirring in between each time. Let rest for about 5-10 minutes until the chocolate has cooled a little. Whisk in sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk until all ingredients are fully incorporated, then cover with cling wrap and chill for 4 hours, or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Scoop about 1 tbsp chilled cookie dough (just eyeball it), pressing and flattening into a disk. Scoop about 1 tbsp brownie batter (it should be firm and easy to handle), roll it into a ball, and place in the center of the flattened cookie dough. Scoop a final tablespoon of cookie dough, flatten into a disk, and place on top of the brownie ball. Press down the edges to enclose the brownie. Place onto a prepared parchment-lined baking sheet, and repeat for the remaining dough. The cookies will spread, so make sure they are positioned a couple inches apart!
- Bake in preheated oven for about 18-20 minutes, until golden-brown on the edges. Cool for about 20 minutes, and enjoy!