Hot Mess Cookie Dough Frosted Brownies

I am so happy to be home and back in the kitchen and I’ve got a sweet recipe to kick off the week! I had a cupcake in London with a really good buttercream icing dotted with chocolate chips.  The chocolate cake half of the cupcake left much to be desired; it was dry and tasteless which got me thinking: what if you combined a decadent fudgy brownie with a creamy chocolate chip cookie dough icing?

The Hot Mess Cookie Dough Frosted Brownie was born.  IMG_8369Why a hot mess? Because that is what you’ll have if you don’t wait til the brownies are cool to ice them.  There won’t be any complaints from your audience though(presuming you’re sharing); imagine a molten chocolate cake with a warm cookie dough topping…

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If you like cookie dough you are going to love this frosting and there are no eggs so no salmonella worries.  You can spread it on anything – atop these brownies, your morning toast, no judgment. If you like shortcuts, you can make the brownies from a box mix but it is only a few steps more to make your own.

These are going to work with Joe today so we don’t take them all down…IMG_8373

What to buy: for the brownies

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)

What to do for the brownie batter:

  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • melt butter in a saucepan on stove top on medium
  • turn off the heat and add sugars, mix until combined
  • add the eggs and vanilla, mix well
  • add the dry ingredients mix until combined
  • spread the batter in a greased 9×13 pan
  • sprinkle chocolate chips on top
  • bake for 25-30 minutes or until the middle is set
  • cool completely before frosting (I didn’t wait long enough so my icing started to melt – have more willpower than I do and walk away for a couple hours for prettier results)

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What to buy: for cookie dough frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 and 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons 1/2 and 1/2 or milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

What to do:

  • cream together the butter and sugar (I pulled out the kitchenaid for this)
  • add the vanilla and mix well
  • add the flour and salt, mix until combined
  • add the 1/2 and 1/2 and mix until the frosting is fluffy
  • stir in the chocolate chips
  • spread on cooled brownies

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