For six months or more I have wanted to try my hand at making this delicious decadent dessert called Brookies. Brookies are a layered dessert with a brownie bottom and a cookie top. When I was doing some grocery shopping the store was having a sale on butterscotch chips, so I decided that I was making Butterscotch Brookies.
As is my way, I read dozens of recipes to find the perfect recipe for Butterscotch Brookies. Also, as is my way, I didn’t find a perfect one. There were so many recipes that called for box mix brownies and cookie mix. Honestly, I did not even know that there was such a thing as cookie mix. Why does cookie mix exist?
There were several recipes that were close, but none were exact. While it threw me a curveball I did not let my disappointment in not finding what I wanted stop me. My ingenuity kicked in and I used pieces of my old stand-by brownies and a traditional bar cookie recipe. Additionally, I adjusted the baking time to account for the thickness of two layers.
Then I waited. About two-thirds of the way through the cooking time D3 looked up from a book she was reading in the living room. “Hey, Mom. What are you making? The smell just woke up the dog.” I look in to see Princess the Chihuahua standing on D3’s lap, nose in the air. That’s a good sign that the Butterscotch Brookies were going to be good.
Not 10 minutes later The Hubs comes to the kitchen and asks what I was making. I told him that it was a surprise and it wasn’t done baking. He started guessing; cake, cookies, pie… Nope. At that point I told him that although whatever I was baking was supposed to cool for 20 minutes before eating if he could guess what I made I would let him eat it whenever he wanted to. With that, he started inspecting the pan and checking out the smells in the air. More guesses: butterscotch goodness, brownie butterscotch cookies, brownie scotch cookies, butter brownies, scotch cookie brownie. D3 and I laughed as he guessed. Finally he got some hints and he guessed Brookies.
With that, he got out a knife to cut them. They were still very hot, but also very delicious. Once they had cooled I cut some to take to my mom and one of my brothers. Actually, I was thinking that his wife might like them, so he got Butterscotch Brookies because of her.
They were so incredibly good that I have already been asked to make them again. D4, who was spending the week with her oldest sister, missed out altogether. This morning she told me that she could not believe that I made one of her favorite desserts and she didn’t even get any. Really? I wasn’t even aware that she’d ever had Brookies.
Have you ever had Brookies? Were your brookies Chocolate Chip or Buttersotch Brookies? If you haven’t tried them yet, I recommend you make these.
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cu granulated sugar
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup dark semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
For butterscotch cookie layer
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13 x 9 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line it with parchment. Spray parchment with nonstick cooking spray.
Add butter to a large glass bowl. Microwave until butter is melted, at 30 second intervals. When butter is melted add vegetable oil.
Whisk in sugar.
Add eggs, and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth.
Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared 9 X 13 and sprinkle top with sea salt.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
Add the vanilla and eggs. Mix well.
Add the flour, baking powder and salt.
Fold in the butterscotch chips.
Gently drop the batter over the brownie batter. Spread the batter carefully.
Bake in preheated oven for about 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
Remove from the oven to a wire rack. Cool for 10 minutes. Carefully remove from the pan, using the parchment overhang. Place on wire rack to continue cooling.
Cut while the bars into 2 X 2 squares while they are still slightly warm.