Deep Dark Brownie Cookies

Here are six important (read: random) things you should know about me:

  1. I absolutely HATE talking on the phone! It takes me about three days to acknowledge the message before I even think about replying. It’s nothing personal. I’m just not very good on the phone.

  2. The early-morning hours are my favorite and most productive time of the day.

  3. It took me three times to pass Math’s in eighth grade. I get frustrated just thinking about it.

  4. I freeze up and turn completely silent in certain stressful situations or when I am nervous around someone in particular.

  5. I love cheeseball 90’s movies. My favorites are: the Runaway Bride, and the Parent Trap. I could watch these a million times…and I may have done so by now

  6. I am addicted to chocolate.

Which brings us to…

Extra thick, extra fudgy and completely irresistible brownie cookies.

This recipe is defined by its triple dose of chocolate.

Extra thick, extra fudgy and completely irresistible brownie cookies. #brownies #cookies #triplechocolate

These deep dark brownie cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream, my dream.

They are thick and fudgy just like brownies.

They have an intense chocolate flavor and are full of walnut chunks and gooey bits of chocolate.

And they taste out.of.this.world!

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Extra thick, extra fudgy and completely irresistible brownie cookies. #brownies #cookies #triplechocolate

Extra thick, extra fudgy and extra chocolaty.

And they’re super easy to make too!

The dough is made with a generous amount of cocoa powder and melted dark chocolate to give the cookies a deep chocolate flavor and very dark color. I recommend using chocolate having 70% or above cocoa solids (preferably Lindt) for that rich dark taste.

 

I recommend chilling the dough for at least one hour so that the cookies won’t spread too much while baking. If the dough is too hard to handle when you take it out of the fridge, let it sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes.

Baking time is also very important! Bake the cookies just to the point when the edges start to set. I like to slightly underbake my cookies for extra fudginess and softness. Overbaking will make them dry. Baking time in my oven is exactly 12 minutes, don’t bake them more than 14 minutes. Keep in mind that baking time is different if you bake bigger or smaller cookies than what the instructions suggest.

If you’re addicted to chocolate just like me then you’ll love these cookies!

Deep Dark Brownie Cookies

 Yields: 12 cookies
Ingredients:
·         100g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
·         ½ cup all-purpose flour
·         2 ½ Tablespoons process cocoa powder
·         ½ teaspoon baking powder
·         Pinch of salt
·         2 ½ Tablespoons (36g) butter, softened to room temperature
·         ¼ cup + 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
·         2 Tablespoons granulated white sugar
·         1 large egg, at room temperature
·         ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
·         ½ cup chopped walnuts
·         ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring after each until completely melted. Set aside to slightly cool.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Pour in the slightly cooled melted chocolate and mix on medium speed until combined.
  4. On low speed, add the dry ingredients. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and beat until combined. Finally, beat in the walnuts and chocolate chips. Cover and chill the dough for at least 60 minutes in the refrigerator.
  5. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Roll the dough into balls, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough each. Place 3 inches apart on the baking sheets and bake for 11-12 minutes or until the edges appear set. The centers will look a little soft.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
1.       The longer the dough chills, the thicker the cookies will be.
2.      If chilling for longer than a few hours, allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking because the dough will be quite hard.

 

 

Banana Nut Muffins

anana Nut Muffins. The squishiest, most delicious muffins you’ll ever eat.

Kindly excuse my sporadic blogging schedule. I have been all over the place this year; the first half of which went by so quickly and the rest…excruciatingly slow.

Nothing remotely exciting happened in 2017 apart from the fact that I graduated from my university and was left at a tailspin of what to do next. Bouts of depression, tears, and heartbreaks is what tainted the last couple of months.

To say I’m looking forward to 2018 would be an understatement.

I hope it brings the much needed miracles, smiles, and opportunities.

anana Nut Muffins. The squishiest, most delicious muffins you’ll ever eat.

It’s fitting to end with a blog post featuring a recipe I found and fell endlessly in love with this year.

anana Nut Muffins. The squishiest, most delicious muffins you’ll ever eat.

A combination of sheer boredom and moldy bananas is what led me to first make these muffins.

I’ve gone on to make these many more times since then, and I can safely say my family and I are hooked!

They’re soft, not overly sweet, full of nuts and O so moist! There is simply no other way to describe how soft and delicious these banana walnut muffins are.

You won’t be able to have just one.

 

anana Nut Muffins. The squishiest, most delicious muffins you’ll ever eat.

 

And they’re highly adaptable too. Add in a swirl of peanut butter, a giant dollop of Nutella

anana Nut Muffins. The squishiest, most delicious muffins you’ll ever eat.

anana Nut Muffins. The squishiest, most delicious muffins you’ll ever eat.

anana Nut Muffins. The squishiest, most delicious muffins you’ll ever eat.

…or leave them plain.

They’re delicious either way!

anana Nut Muffins. The squishiest, most delicious muffins you’ll ever eat.

These muffins are best served fresh out of the oven with a cup of tea.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and warmed in the microwave before serving.

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If you make these muffins, do share a picture with the hashtag #spatulainmypocket on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations 🙂

Banana Nut Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes                                                                        Yields: 12
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Ingredients:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt1
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1¼ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4-5 bananas)
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
¼ cup milk, at room temperature2
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
Directions:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Line a standard-size muffin pan with paper liners, set aside.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a large bowl. Mix well.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, brown sugar, granulated sugar, melted butter, milk and egg. Pour over the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Add half of the chopped walnuts to the batter and fold gently until just combined
Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining chopped walnuts.
Bake until golden brown about 20-25 minutes. They should spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in the muffin pan before devouring.
Notes:
1.       If using salted butter, omit the salt
2.       Make sure that the milk is at room temperature or even slightly warm. Cold milk will cause the butter to solidify.
Recipe adapted from the Brown Eyed Baker

Banana Nut Muffins. The squishiest, most delicious muffins you’ll ever eat. #muffins #bananamuffins #banana #breakfast