Oh mylanta. What have I done?
If I’m not mistaken, that’s a ball of cookie dough surrounded by a fudgy brownie and then coated in chocolate and sprinkled with mini chips.
Sometimes, I don’t even know WHERE half my ideas come from. I literally operate like a mad scientist part of the time, throwing things together with my fingers crossed, hoping it’ll work. Sometimes it does, like in this instance. Other times, like when I tried to put Jello mix into prepackaged sugar cookie dough and it tastes like a chalky version of Play-Doh and I stared at Pinterest like all disappointed because it let me down with those tempting Jello-cookie recipes that taste like poop, it doesn’t.
Most days, you can find me scatterbrained and roaming the grocery store like a complete looney tune. I’d love to see the surveillance footage of me wandering aimlessly between the candy aisle and baking aisle, discussing to myself in a low whisper of what I could do with this bag of Reese’s cups as I run around like not only a chicken with its head cut off, but if it was also on fire and having ninja stars thrown at it from every direction. Is it just me, or does the prospect of ninja stars being thrown at you totally increase the intensity of something?
Lucky for me, I usually shop at a store that may or may not rhyme with Schmalmart, and the fact that I’m aimlessly walking back and forth while talking to myself isn’t really that out of the ordinary. The bad news is I’m proooobably going to bet my psycho face staring longingly/confusingly into a box of red velvet cake mix is more than likely on People of Walmart or something. Ya win some, ya lose some.
Anywhooooo, the idea for these truffles came from left field. I had a bunch of St. Patty’s Day recipes I wanted to make this weekend, and out of nowhere, a huge zeppelin of awesome floated into my brain and interrupted whatever I was doing at the present moment, which probably wasn’t important since I’m either reading trashy magazines or judging customers at work for ordering mayo and lettuce on hot sandwiches (it’s a NO, people–hot mayo? wilted lettuce? You need an intervention).
And this zeppelin dropped a gigantic bomb of brilliance on me: wrap a brownie around a ball of cookie dough. Then coat said ball in chocolate. And voila, this cataclysmic invention was created. You’ll never enjoy brownies or cookie dough respectively, again. This is the ultimate.
Now pardon me, but I have some reading/judging to do and it’s VERY important.
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups miniature chocolate chips, divided
1 pkg fudge brownie mix, baked and cooled
1 pkg Candiquik or chocolate almond bark
1. Let’s make some dough! In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the milk and vanilla; beat to combine. Lastly, beat in the flour and pinch of salt until a soft dough forms. Stir in ONE (1) cup of the mini chips.
2. On a foil-lined baking sheet, drop rounded, (scant) Tablespoon-sized balls of dough. I used a cookie dough scoop for this and just scantily filled it so the cookie dough balls wouldn’t be so big. Freeze the cookie dough balls for about an hour to firm up.
3. Cut the brownies into small squares, about 1″ in size. Pick up a square and gently flatten it with your palm. Fudgy brownies will flatten easily and retain their moisture which is why it’s important to make sure you use a fudgy brownie mix rather than a cake-y one.
4. Place a cookie dough ball in the middle of the flattened brownie and very gently, wrap the brownie around the cookie dough ball. If the brownie cracks, that’s okay; just kind of roll it in your fingers until the brownie completely surrounds the cookie dough. Repeat until all cookie dough balls are covered, then return to the freezer for 30 minutes or so.
5. Prepare chocolate bark according to package directions. Using a fork, dip each brownie truffle into the chocolate, coat completely, and allow excess to drip off. Return to the foil-line sheet and sprinkle the tops with the remaining cup of mini chips, for garnish. Store these bad boys in the fridge or freezer, in an airtight container.
**Note: You may have extra balls of cookie dough leftover. May I suggest making cinnamon rolls or stuffed Oreos? Or, uh, eat them? Why am I telling you what to do with cookie dough?**
Talk about the ultimate indulgence. Sometimes, the decision between fudgy, gooey brownies or chewy, buttery chocolate chip cookies is one I’m not willing to make. It’s not fair to either rejected party when I both want them so equally, and love them both so much. So I fixed the problem with a decadent chocolate/cookie dough bomb that melts in your mouth and tastes AWESOME. The cookie dough remains soft and gooey, while the chewy brownie provides the perfect blanket of rich chocolate. In other words, they’ll change yo life.
Have a great day!!