Saturday, February 11, 2012

Brownie Cookie Cupcakes



I did it, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I combined brownies and chocolate chip cookies - in a cupcake.

These cupcakes are world altering, time stopping, crazy good. I suppose you could frost them, but I think it would actually detract from the chewy, fudgy, intensity.

Come to think of it, more things in this world should be prefaced by "fudgy intensity..."



Brownie Cookie Cupcakes

For the brownie batter:
3/4 cup SmartBalance Light
5 oz unsweetened chocolate
2 cups raw turbinado sugar
1 T instant espresso powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup dark chocolate chips

For the cookie dough:
2 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup SmartBalance Light
1 1/2 cup raw turbinado sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 egg whites
1 cup dark chocolate chips (at least 60% cacao)

~ Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper liners.

To Make the Brownie Batter:
~ In the microwave or on the stove-top over low heat, melt the butter or SmartBalance Light along with the unsweetened chocolate, stirring until smooth.
~ Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat, if you're using the stove-top, and whisk in the turbinado sugar, espresso powder, vanilla, and salt.
~ Add the eggs 1 at a time, whisking after each addition.
~ Toss together the flour and dark chocolate chips in another bowl and then add them to batter, folding them in until just combined. Set aside.
To Make the Cookie Dough:
~ Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside.
~ Beat the SmartBalance Light, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy.
~ Beat in the egg whites.
~ Stir in the dry ingredients.
~ Fold in the chocolate chips.
To Assemble:
~ Place a scoop of dough into each muffin cup, filling each cup just shy of 1/2 full.
~ Spoon brownie batter on top to nearly fill the cups.
~ Bake for 12 to 15 min, or until the brownie layer is set but not solid.
~ Allow to cool on wire racks... and enjoy! :-)

5 comments:

Gina; The Candid RD said...

Brilliant!! And just in time for Valentine's Day :) These sound fantastic. Very creative.

bellini said...

This is a great combination if you ask me.

A.K. said...

These look so good! Yet another recipe that I will be looking for an excuse to try.

Rambling Tart said...

Oh my gosh!! What a truly decadent combo. :-) Yum!!

Johanna GGG said...

you have also combined genius and decadence - I want one!