Birthday, Brownie, Crownie

You see the link? No? You will by the end of this post or my alias is not Choc Chip Uru πŸ˜‰

Today is my friend, vous elle appelez (you call her) SM’s, 17th birthday. Oh my gosh, she is the first of us ALL (when I say us I mean my group :D) to turn 17. The big ONE-SEVEN. Am I getting confused with 18? No, I am most certainly not because the way we all see it, 12-16 are the fun teen years, 17 is bordering on *shudder* adulthood and then at 18… let’s not go there πŸ˜‰

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Joking, I’m joking, geez what’s a girl got to do to get a laugh around here πŸ˜‰
Anyway though, it is really exciting and while there is much teasing and punching (she gets 18 from each of us this year, one for good luck no?), there are also lots of hugs, grins, toasts, cake and presents. I like doing the last one especially πŸ™‚

To celebrate Miss SM’s 17th birthday, I decided to make something very special, and considering that she is the first to turn 17, it had to be something mind blowing. Something creative, twisted and out of the ordinary. Oh and over the top. As you can see here, here and here to mention a few places, I always go over the top when it comes to baking for friends πŸ™‚

brownie crownies 1SM, like every human, adores brownies. She also has a soft spot for chocolate chip cookies, another good sign of her being completely and utterly human. Not that I am suggesting that she is under some sort of test or something no…. πŸ˜‰

brownie crownies 5Anyway, so I decided to put together a dessert which has become an almost traditional combination. A brownie and a cookie lovechild. Brownie and Cookie have been quite happy for a while now so they have lovechildren. Here are some happy family shots of the kids that have been taken.

1. Brookie – A Brownie inside a giant chocolate chip cookie

Link: Mrs Regueiro’s Kitchen

This picture has directly been taken from the website

This picture has directly been taken from the website

*Note: I have made this creation before but I will not be showing my photo considering this was a blog post way before I realised what photos were πŸ˜‰

2. Brownie Swirled Cookie

Link: Cooking On The Side

This picture has directly been taken from the website

This picture has directly been taken from the website

3. Cookie Dough Topped Brownies

Link: Recipe Girl

This picture has directly been taken from the website linked

This picture has directly been taken from the website linked

*Note: I have made this creation before but I will not be showing my photo considering this was a blog post way before I realised what photos were πŸ˜‰

4. The Mouthful – The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie ‘n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar

Link: Kevin & Amanda

This picture has directly been taken from the website linked

This picture has directly been taken from the website linked

5. The Extreme – Brownie Chocolate Chip [Cookie] Ice Cream Cake

Link: Sweet Tooth

This picture has directly been taken from the website linked

This picture has directly been taken from the website linked

And the list goes on and on until we reach the newest addiction… I mean, addition, to la famille, fit to present to SM on her 17th πŸ™‚

The Crownie. Starting to see the link now ;)?

brownie crownies 6A mixture between cookie and brownie which is so potent, it should be only be allowed on festive occasions. This idea met me. And then it became illegal.
Made in a muffin tin, filled up to the brim, first a layer of chocolate chip cookie, then a layer of brownie. The chocolate chip cookie becomes all puffy and thick but is weighed down by an intensely fudgy brownie. The waistline goes downhill from there as you start to grab 2 or 3 more of these decadent, handheld treats πŸ™‚

brownie crownies 4I can only imagine it with ice cream. Stop me. Please.
I was very very lucky (sorry SM, I cannot tell a lie :P) that while attempting to take one of these treats out of the pan, it split the brownie in half.

‘Oops, oh my, can’t give that, will have to eat it, oh well, gosh darn it’, was obviously my reaction.

Thus I give you a oozing, gooey, perfect cross section shot cause I love you guys πŸ™‚

Now I said this was a combination of chocolate and brownies yes? Because it is my sweet friend’s birthday which makes me in a good mood, I am going to share with you my version of this amazing recipe by Chocolate & Carrots. She makes it nice. Decadent but… nice. I take it overboard. As always. Don’t try to hide the grin πŸ™‚

The brownie recipe I have used is her creation. Intensely fudgy and very rich, I have adapted the recipe accordingly, as you will later on see in the recipe to follow πŸ™‚

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The cookie? I made up a whole batch of my secret chocolate chip cookie recipe. Adapted from many sources, a mixture of it all, my recipe is actually one of a kind. I dare you to find one like it at all. Go on then, type it into your search engine. This is a copyrighted, 100% my idea for a chocolate chip cookie recipe which is the best. I did not make it during my chocolate chip cookie baking week but compared at least 4-5 different recipes with a range of methods to it. None beat it.

And because I am feeling so happy a.k.a generous, I am revealing all my chocolate chip secrets. They do not call me Choc Chip Uru for naught you know πŸ˜‰

IMG_7185SM, you are the first of any of my friends to try my secret chocolate chip cookie recipe. You deserve to because you are the first amongst us to take the leap and turn 17. I toast you a crownie my friend. Happy Happy Happy birthday πŸ™‚

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Double Cookie Stuffed Crownies

Makes: 12 muffin sized treats

PART ONE: Choc Chip Uru’s Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

*bold = instructions apply to crownies

Makes: 16-24 regular cookies or a little more than enough for one batch of crownies

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Ingredients:

  • 130g butter, divided in 1/2, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbs dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbs golden syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup SRF (self-raising flour), sifted
  • 1 cup plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon/allspice
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips/nuts (roughly chopped Oreos – I used double stuffed)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C and line two baking trays with baking paper (For crownies, grease a 12 cup muffin tin well with oil and preheat oven to 190 degrees C)
  2. Melt half the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally and let it brown – when smells nutty and turns brown, immediately take off heat and let cool
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  3. Place other half of butter in a bowl and beat with all sugars until pale in colour – scrape down the bowl
  4. Add in brown butter to mixture and beat until well combined
  5. Add in egg to mixture and beat until just combined
  6. Beat in vanilla essence and golden syrup
  7. Sift both flours, cinnamon, salt in a large separate bowl. Stir chocolate chips (Oreo pieces) through until coated and mixture is combined
  8. Add dry mixture into wet mixture and stir through until no streaks of flour remain
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  9. For crownies, place 1 ball of dough slightly smaller than a golf ball into each cup and press down with hand until comes up to halfway of each liner. Cover tray with plastic wrap and set aside. For any extra cookie dough left see step 10 and 11.
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  10. Put tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet, spreading them out from each other – press down lightly
  11. Bake for 13-16 minutes or until the edges are firm and the cookie is a golden shade

brownie crownies 15Notes:

  • If you are refrigerating the dough, there will be significantly less spread of the cookie so press down slightly with palm before baking
  • After refrigeration, if done for a long period of time (e.g. overnight), you may need to add 1 – 2 tbs full cream milk to make the dough the proper consistency

Part 2: Fudgy Brownie Recipe

brownie crownies 21Adapted from: Chocolate & Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 70g butter
  • 300g dark chocolate
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 1 tbs plain flour
  • 1 tbs caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp coffee essence (or 1 tsp vanilla essence or omit)
  • 2 eggs

Method:

  1. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt all chocolate and butter together until mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool
  2. In a large bowl, beat sugar and eggs until pale and doubled in volume
  3. Stir flour into egg mixture
  4. Gently stir in chocolate mixture (if it has become a little hard, reheat over low heat till melted again) and essence

Notes:

  • You can use your own favourite brownie recipe in this but the intense fudginess of this particular recipe works very well

Part 3: Assembly of the Double Cookie Stuffed Crownie

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Extra Necessities:

  • 1 packet Tim Tams or your favourite available biscuit besides Oreos :), cut into thirds

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Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C
  2. Fill each muffin hole up to halfway with the chocolate chip cookie dough
  3. Place a third of the Tim Tam into the middle of each hole
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  4. Spoon the brownie batter generously into each muffin hole, ensuring that it covers the Tim Tam – do not worry if it reaches the top, it will not overflow – smooth the tops
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  5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the a skewer inserted into the brownie comes out with gooey crumbs (go for 15 mins)

Notes:

  • You do have to make Crownies double cookie stuffed – instead of a Tim Tam, place a caramel or Nutella; instead of a chocolate chip cookie dough, use a chocolate cookie with blondie on top etc.
  • I accidentally had the temperature preheated at 230 degrees C (yes I am crazy, what of it) so had a momentary heart attack when I discovered the muffins had been in there for 7-8 minutes – all good though, I took them out and they were perfectly fine πŸ™‚

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Yes, this dessert was definitely worth the effort without a doubt πŸ˜€
Happy 17th SM, hope you enjoyed them!

Just on another quick note before I leave, my exams are coming up so my posts might be very short from now on (well… my short ;)) and the recipes more 5-minute decadents over complicated ones like this πŸ™‚

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Have a great rest of week to all (and if you have time on the upcoming weekend, please make this!) πŸ˜€

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  5. Carolyn Chan says:

    Lucky friend of yours! Not only to turn 17 ( been a long time since I was that age, my friend!) and also to have a friend bake you these!

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  9. healthyyou72 says:

    I am not sure if my comment went through….I love love the name crownie, and it looks pretty fantastic too:-) Your oreo stuffed cookies made me hungry….which is dangerous:-) Hugs, Terra

  10. healthyyou72 says:

    Crownie is truly a fun name, AND looks pretty delicious! I love the big chunks of oreo in the batter:-) Hugs, Terra

  11. Susan says:

    I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at these photos πŸ™‚ What amazing delicious treats! I love the chocolate chip-brownie-crownies! Happy birthday to your friend too πŸ™‚

  12. Liz says:

    Don’t you just hate when the cookie crumbles and you just must sample???? My family would love your amazing treats, Uru!

    PS…I have shoes older than you πŸ˜‰

  13. Wow you’re friend is so lucky to have you bake for her πŸ™‚ LOL being 17 is fine wait till you turn 21 that’s when you really ‘ARE’ an adult lol but i know how you feel i turned 24 and i feel old too hehe ~

  14. justkeepbaking says:

    Give me one of those fresh out of the oven with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and some hot fudge and I will most likely never leave the kitchen. You are a wonderful friend to make those for her birthday – cough cough my birthday is in October πŸ˜‰

    ~Jess @ OnSugarMountain

  15. justkeepbaking says:

    Give me one of those fresh out of the oven with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and some hot fudge and I will most likely never leave the kitchen. You are a wonderful friend to make those for her birthday – cough cough my birthday is in October πŸ˜‰

  16. Tisa says:

    You have tipped the chocolate and sweet scale officially my young friend. My 13 year old is sitting here, reading your post (since that’s a family affair these days:)) and begging…”Amma , please make this.” And what a name, crownie- I’m sure your fortunate friend will be elated on receiving this confectionary made in honor of her day.

  17. You make the most amazing chocolate concoctions anyone could possibly dream up! It sends my blood sugar over the moon just looking at them all:). So good of you to make these for your friend.

  18. You really are the Queen of all things chocolate!! Oh my goodness, your crownies look beyond decadent and so indulgent. Your friend must have been over the top thankful for her special day treat! What a way to ring in your 17th year!! πŸ™‚ Wishing your friend a very Happy Birthday!! Way to go on creating something magnificent and creatively delicious. xo

  19. CCU, you made me think back to when I was 17 and could eat foods like this in large quantities and stay as thin as a rail. Nowadays, just looking at one of your amazing treats packs on the pounds. Happy birthday to SM!

    Keep writing…

  20. Soni says:

    Genius, pure genius!!I love the Crownies!!They looks absolutely perfect and appeal to both brownie and cookie lovers.Love your creativity here and I’m sure your friend enjoyed it too!Great job U πŸ™‚

  21. Veronica says:

    What lucky friends you have! Too bad we don’t live close to one another so we’d have someone to give US yummy treats like this on our birthdays! I like your idea of the crownie and it’s so cute b/c the shape actually resembles a crown! Good for you for coming up with your own ccc recipe! Bravo! I have my own unique favorite but I can’t claim it’s my invention, I ripped it off a friend’s creativity-haha! Mine has brown butter too, don’t you love that flavor? If you let it cook longer, it will turn a caramel color and the solids will separate and turn chocolate brown–that’s when it gets reaaaally good. I think you’re trying to kill me with these decadent treats. I know I will be dreaming about them tonight. ❀

    • Thank you my friend πŸ˜€
      And it would be AWESOME for all the foodies to live in one totally Utopian food society πŸ˜›
      And I am totally seconding your mention of the deliciousness that is brown butter in ccc recipes! πŸ™‚

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  22. OMG, your sweets bake-a-thon looks amazing! I swear, I wish I was your neighbor (because then you’d bring me over some of your brookies or crownies?) Hope you are having a splendid day!

  23. Wow these all look delicious. You should consider graduate school in your future–the depth of your cookie/brownie blend work is most impressive! What a lucky group of friends you have!

  24. cookingactress says:

    Ummm OMG! It is awesome to be your friend lol. And 17 was a totally awesome age for me, btw, she’s a lucky lady.

  25. Ramona says:

    Okay young lady.. you have made me drool a little on my keyboard! What a ooey… gooey and totally delicious looking pair of desserts. The cookie.. the crownie!! You certainly have some lucky friends to be treated to these lovely sweet treats. Good luck on your exams… hope they are easy to study for and easy to take!!

  26. Monet says:

    Happy birthday to your sweet friend! What luck she has to know you. These cookies/brownies look amazing. Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe. It’s only 7:30 AM, and I’m already wishing I could forgo work and spend the day in the kitchen. I hope you have a wonderful end to your week!

  27. Hold on….I’m sending you my address! Oh, and I eat ALOT!! Seriously, if a friend gave me that for my birthday = friends for LIFE! How often do we recieve genuinely homemade goodies like that?!

  28. hotlyspiced says:

    Good luck for your exams. And after all that effort, do tell me your friend loved these brownie cookies. They look amazing to me and like the perfect birthday treat. What a great friend you are. And i think you should audition for the next series of Master Chef – they would love someone with your inventiveness xx

    • Thank yoou my friend, she did love them (which sent me grinning for the next couple of hours :P)
      You are so sweet to think I could go on Masterchef – those cooks have amazing skill my friend, I would recommend you for it πŸ˜€

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  29. balvinder says:

    I don’t consider myself having sweet tooth ( not much) but all the link posts look dangerously addictive. My tooth is excited to try your tim tam hidden brownie. I have to say they look amazing! I am sure your friend have given you lots of hugs and kisses after eating this.

  30. Louise says:

    Ah, to be posting such deliciousness for a friend on her 17th birthday. I can dream can’t I? As a matter of fact, I too am having a birthday this month:)

    Well, you sure have lived up to your name with this post. Utter decadence! I’m so glad you shared each and every step it made the finale oh so delightful! Of course not as good as actually having one for my very own, but almost:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Uru. Happy Birthday to your friend AND, good luck with those exams!

  31. Whoa! I think that you’ve definitely outdone yourself! Not only because you have an extraordinarily good looking batch of ‘Crownies’ there, but also due to that incredible mention before to those amazing lip smacking, calorific desserts! Divine…

  32. Mary says:

    Everything you have shared with us looks over-the-top delicious. I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite. That means I have to give them all a try. Oh, my! Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  33. Um, wow… I think I got a sugar rush just from looking at those photos! I can’t decide which I’d want to make first, they’re all so tempting.

    I wish you were around when it was my birthday…!

  34. Micha says:

    Only one “crownie” split in half and you had to eat it? Are you SURE?? (I’d back you up if you want to say half of them did…just sayin’.) By the way, my birthday is Sept. 13. πŸ˜‰

  35. Kristina says:

    Ok you need to stop posting all those amazing dessert pics because I every time I reach the bottom of your post I’m craving chocolate.. and butter.. ! And its only 9 am.. πŸ™‚

    Happy bday to your friend! Those cookies look amazing!

  36. Tara says:

    17 years…I’m feeling old now and I’m only in my early 30’s:) Happy birthday to your friend. Those, once again, look delicious!!!

    • Haha I take that as a compliment πŸ˜€
      Also thank you so much for the award, you are very sweet but I am actually a judge for this award so I cannot be eligible for it πŸ˜›
      But I appreciate the thought a lot my friend!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  37. Lily :) says:

    wow urvashi..i just read like all your posts LOL i am dying for some dulce…lol that caramel thing yummers so delicious i can imagine just eating that with ice cream and finishing it all! baking seems to need alot of self control haha

    • Lol that caramel thing is so easy, i keep and store it too much πŸ˜›
      Dude self control at my place is zilch for me, 20% for the rest πŸ˜‰

      Also, where was this orange cake stuffed with oreos? I didn’t see any at school! πŸ˜›

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  38. navane64 says:

    Mind blowing I must agree with you after looking at the chocolaty threats you made. Your friend must have been on top of the world eating them. Very nice and am admiring all the way.

  39. Viveka says:

    The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie β€˜n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar – my favorite … somebody has said – if there is no chocolate in heaven – am I not going there. *smile

  40. Ok that is it, I will gather my partners in crime and we are going to hit the road and raid your place. You say that these were given as a gift, but I know you have oodles of chocolate deliciousness in your house. We plan to relieve you of your chocolate hoard because therapy is not working with you. It will not be easy, because with the sugar rush I know you sleep with one eye open, but I think as a group we can handle it.
    Delicious recipe and great links-enjoy the day!

    • Haha I can imagine all of you coming in black baklavas and raiding my chocolate stash!!! I mean.. oh no, I surrender! πŸ˜‰
      And in the bargain I will bake chocolatey things as well!

      Cheers
      Choc Chip Uru

  41. A very happy birthday to your friend! As always your recipe is over the to delicious, even though i have not tasted it i know it is, the photo’s don’t lie. Brilliant idea the cookie brownie combo, never would have thought of that. Double the pleasure!!

  42. A_Boleyn says:

    Another feast of chocolate-y treats for your friend to enjoy. Having recently had my 56th birthday, I can honestly say that I can’t remember being 17 but happy birthday to SM. Enjoy every day to its fullest.

  43. Those are just amazing! I wish I lived near enough for you to bake for my birthday! You have some very lucky friends and the most amazing culinary imagination!
    Good luck with all those exams
    With love and baking respect my friend, πŸ™‚

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