excerpted from Zoolander: The brownie is in the cookie?
That’s right folks, the brownie is in the cookie. These cookies are massive and delicious. I don’t even feel like I need to convince you with big adjectives to describe how good it is. Just look at the photo! What’s not to love? When the cookies (which are about 4 inches in diameter) come out of the oven, they are soft and warm and perfectly curved like a newly fluffed pillow. Only, this is the most delicious pillow you’ll ever eat. So if you’re in the mood to bake and eat, then pull out the baking sheets and brownie pans and get going!
1 batch of brownies from a box or or these or those
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1 T. vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
12 oz. bag chocolate chips
Make brownies accordingly. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. For the chocolate chip cookie dough, in a large bowl beat butter with a mixer until creamy. Add brown sugar and beat until smooth. Add eggs, yolk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
2. In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt and stir together with a wire whisk. Add flour to butter mixture and beat until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Let dough chill covered in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
3. Use a measuring cup to scoop batter by the 1/2 cup. Since it’s chilled, you may need to pack it with a spoon. Then use the spoon to remove the dough from the cup and place it on parchment paper. Work quickly so the dough remains chilled or either prepare one cookie at a time so the rest of the dough remains cold.
4. After the dough is on the parchment paper, make an indention with your finger or thumb and place a 1 inch square brownie in the center. Press the brownie down gently and work the remaining dough around the brownie. You can use your hands to shape the dough into a ball. NOTE: If your dough gets too soft, you can chill the rolled dough balls for a few minutes right before baking.
5. Prepare six cookies at a time using a large baking sheet and bake for about 18 minutes. Return the remaining dough to the refrigerator until time to bake the second batch. NOTE: If your cookies start to get too brown before they are done baking, you can place a sheet of aluminum foil over top for the last few minutes
6. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough and brownies. NOTE: You may have brownies leftover so enjoy those too!