Sunday, June 5, 2011

M&M Cookie Dough Brownies

Who doesn't enjoy a little cookie dough while baking some cookies?  And who doesn't enjoy some yummy fudge brownies?  Well combine those two together and create a fun dessert!  These are very very rich, but oh they are so good. There are 2 ways you can make this .... Make from scratch or cheat a little and make boxed brownies.  Either one is very yummy.

M&M Cookie Dough Brownies
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour

Egg Free Cookie Dough:
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups mini M&M's

If making with a boxed brownie mix, Make brownies as directed on package.  

If make brownies from scratch, In a medium glass bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave in short bursts of 30 seconds; stir after each burst and remove from microwave when melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Mix in melted chocolate. Blend in flour and mix just until combined.  Spread batter into a sprayed 9x13 pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let brownies cool completely. 

Preparing egg free cookie dough: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Mix in milk and vanilla. Mix in flour just until combined. Stir in mini M&M's. 
Spread cookie dough over the cooled brownies. Refrigerate until the dough is quite firm. {The firmer the dough, the easier it will be to cut into neat squares.}

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