This recipe sure did go over well with a group of ravenous eighth graders at an after school Halloween party way back in 2012. I have since made them a few more times, and they are ALWAYS a big hit!
For lack of a batter name, I just call them the "Cookie Candy Brownies" because, well, they're made of cookies, candy, and brownies... clever, huh?
(The full recipe will be posted at the END of this blog post!)
Basically, you create the bottom with chocolate chip cookie dough, then add a piece of candy, and cover that with brownie batter before baking. It's simple, but it was still time consuming because of all the steps and the amount that I made. If you make just one batch, though, it won't take too long - AND you can always use the rolls of pre-made cookie dough and just cut off enough to fill the bottom of each cupcake liner instead of making your own dough!
1. Make cookie dough. (Directions for MY cookie dough are found below if you want to use that, but feel free to use the pre-made rolls in the refrigerated section of your grocery store - that works well too.)
2. Line muffin pans with cupcake liners. *This step is a MUST because I tried them without liners, and I had to scoop them out with a spoon, and they were AWFUL looking!
3. Smoosh cookie dough as flat as possible into the cupcake liners.
4. Cut Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in half (or whatever candy bar you prefer - the beauty of this recipe is that you can EASILY customize it however you like!)
5. Place one half of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup on top of cookie dough in each cupcake liner.
6. Make brownie batter according to box mix.
7. Pour brownie batter over cookie dough and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. *Make sure you cover the entire thing for best results.
8. Bake for 18-20 minutes on 350º.
Cookie Dough Recipe
· 1 cup butter, softened
· 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
· 1/4 cup white sugar
· 1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
· 2 eggs
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips