Blonde Brownies That Are Actually Cookie Pie – The Blonde Cookie Pie Brownie

Blonde Brownies That Are Actually Cookie Pie - The Blonde Cookie Pie Brownie

My mother made blonde brownies that could have stopped a zombie apocalypse….at least for a few minutes.  Minutes count when you’re trying to avoid being eaten by an advancing horde.

I know, the simplest thing to do would be to ask my mother for the recipe.  She’d give it to me over the phone tonight if I called her.  She won’t do that at midnight however.  Midnight here is three in the morning her time.  Mother’s need sleep, too.  So I had a hankering and I just had to wing it.  I went through my normal routine of research and only when I’d finished had I realized that blonde brownie and cookie pie must be the same thing to some people.  I’m here to set the record straight – they’re not.

Cookie pie is a denser more…dare I say cookie-ish, final product.  Delicious.  Blonde brownies are like the chocolate chip version of a regular brownie.  And not a fudgy brownie.  It’s not cake-like either.  It resides in that middle ground.  And it’s got a lot of brown sugar, butter, and chocolate chips.  And vanilla.

A word about vanilla.  Imitation vanilla causes civil war.  In many countries.  Perhaps your own kitchen.  You have been warned.  I know the real stuff isn’t cheap.  I don’t like spending money any more than the next guy.  It’s often on sale or cheap in weird places.  Like Home Goods, for one.  I will often leave there with three or four bottles if it’s discounted enough.  If I didn’t we’d have start a plantation.

Because we’re only two people, unless I’m bringing stuff into work, I try to cook the smallest portion I can.  That’s often an 8×8 pan in the baking world.  That’s just about right; a few days worth of dessert and snacking, done before it gets stale or you’re tired of it.  If you have a family (or are just very hungry) you can double this recipe, and it’ll fit nicely into a 9×13 pan.

Sift 1 and 1/3 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a bowl.  Got that done?  Sift it again.  Why?  It mixes the ingredients really well and it also aerates the flour that’s been packed and stored, thrown onto a shelf, into your car, dipped and swept in…you get the picture.

Blonde Brownies That Are Actually Cookie Pie - The Blonde Cookie Pie Brownie

Melt about 1/3 cup of butter in the microwave.  I say about because how many tablespoons is 1/3 of a cup.  I had no idea until I looked it up, so don’t feel bad.  And why should I?  It’s five and one-third tablespoons.  So…as close as you can to five and half and call it a day.  Add the one cup of firmly packed brown sugar.  Technically the recipe calls for light brown sugar.  I’m a molasses man so it’s dark brown for the win, no matter what I’m making.  Mix well.

Blonde Brownies That Are Actually Cookie Pie - The Blonde Cookie Pie Brownie

While that’s cooling off, crack an egg and beat it.  You can add the tablespoon of vanilla right to the egg.  I won’t tell if you don’t.  You need to add the egg to the butter/brown sugar mixture.  If it’s too hot the egg will cook.  That will not make for good brownies, I promise.  If it seems a little hot still, wait.  If you stir quickly and slowly add the egg, you should be fine.  Now add the flour mixture, bit by bit, mixing the whole time.  I just used my ancient hand mixer.  Generally there’s less cleanup for smaller recipes than getting into the KitchenAid.  It’s the same hand mixer my mother had for as long as I can remember.  It’s great in that it works – not so much in that it essentially has one speed – which is whatever speed it’s currently running at.

Blonde Brownies That Are Actually Cookie Pie - The Blonde Cookie Pie Brownie

For the chocolate chips, I usually use a range from what the recipe calls for.  Depending on what you’re using and your tastes, let’s say anywhere from a half to a full cup of chocolate chips.  One of our markets carries Callebaut mini chips for next to nothing – so it’s all we use.  That or Ghirardelli.  I wait till they’re on sale.  Because I’m cheap.

Blonde Brownies That Are Actually Cookie Pie - The Blonde Cookie Pie Brownie

Whatever and however much you’re going to use – mix half in with the batter, and sprinkle the other half over the top after its spread into the pan.  I lightly grease my pan.  You can use butter or shortening or be lazy like me and Pam that sucker.

Blonde Brownies That Are Actually Cookie Pie - The Blonde Cookie Pie Brownie

It takes about 20 – 25 minutes to bake in a 350 degree F oven.  A toothpick inserted will come out clean, excepting for the large quantity of chocolate that will be abounding.

Blonde Brownies That Are Actually Cookie Pie - The Blonde Cookie Pie Brownie

Give it a few minutes to set and cool before you cut into it.  Being the selfless individual that I am, I will generally use an implement to remove a scorching hot sample to ensure the safety of all those who follow.  Quality control has its perks.

For an 8×8 square pan of blonde cookie pie brownie, you’ll need:

  • 1 and 1/3 Cup AP Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Butter (Let’s Call it 5 and 1/2 Tablespoons) – Melted
  • 1 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg – Beaten
  • 2/3 Cup (1/2 to 1 Cup) Chocolate Chips of Choice
  • Love
Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 – 25 minutes.

Fin.

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