Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sweet Tooth Saturday – Brownie Cookies

Oh Saturday, how I love you! Weekends are always great, but there are some work weeks that really make me feel like I have earned a couple of days away from the world of mortgage banking, and this was definitely one of them. I kicked off the weekend with a great sweat session in Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in downtown Tampa. The weather was gorgeous, and my trainers put us through a fun but challenging hour long full body HIIT workout.

After getting home and cleaning myself up, I started browsing though my thousands of saved recipes to decide what sweet treat to whip up this week. The fact that there are still a couple of vanilla cupcakes left in the house from last weekend was a clue that I better revert to baking with chocolate this week. I saw these rich and fudgy Brownie Cookies on Annie’s Eats, and the short ingredient list and the whole “brownies but in a cookie” concept had me sold.

Soft & Delicious Brownie Cookies

These cookies were a breeze to throw together. I cut Annie’s recipe in half, and my only modification was to keep the amount of chocolate chips indicated in the full recipe. There’s no such thing as too much chocolate in this family! The most difficult part of the process was having the patience to wait for the cookies to completely cool before removing them from the cookie sheet. This is an important step because the cookies are very soft and they will fall apart if they are still warm when you try to move them.

Brownies....but in cookie form!
The cookies baked up beautifully – moist, chewy, and loaded with chocolate goodness. I love their crinkly appearance!

cookies 3

The only thing I will change next time I make these is to use a darker chocolate. I didn’t want to go to the grocery store, so I used what I had in the house - a mixture of Lindt A Touch of Sea Salt dark chocolate and Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips. The cookies were very sweet, and while that is not a complaint, I think we might enjoy them more if they had the more complex flavor of a deeper chocolate.

The rest of our Saturday was spent enjoying time with some adorable pugs, stalking Maria’s progress on the Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Race, and going to see Argo. I loved Argo. Even though I knew how the story ended before the movie began, I was still on edge for the entire two hours. Ben Affleck is a talented man!

And I can’t end this post without talking a little bit about Maria’s amazing results from yesterday. That woman is nothing short of amazing. She has worked so hard for the last few months to train for this race, and I had no doubt she was 100% ready to conquer the distance. That being said, anyone who races regularly knows that sometimes things just don’t come together on race day despite the best and most thorough training, so I was still a tad bit anxious for her. I am so, so, SO thrilled for her and her remarkable accomplishment, and I can’t wait hear all about the race!

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