Week 5 - How The Girl Scouts Make These Brownies Super.
It happens every year. Maybe we are coming out of the grocery store or on the way to our yoga class. Our minds are elsewhere when out of the corner of our eye we see them. We know a difficult decision is about to bubble up inside us. They are impossibly cute with their little sweet smiles and bouncy pigtails. They ask the question that no one on a carb free, liquid diet or any health kick wants to hear. In their sweet, irresistible voices, our hearts melt when the say "Would you like to buy a box of Girl Scout cookies?"
Yes! Yes, we do. Not only are we supporting a terrific organization that "builds girls courage, confidence, and character" but these cookies are damn good. They are absolute perfection in a box. Personally, I look forward to the Samoas with their coconut, sticky caramel, and crunchy bite.
Once we have paid our $5 for each box, we have to ask ourselves how to stop from eating the entire treasure trove. Personally, I put a box in the freezer to keep them at bay and then end up sneaking the whole box into my pie hole while I binge-watched something on Netflix. That's not going to happen this year.
This year I devised a plan. I'm incorporating my entire box of Samoas into a Super Brownie recipe for the Super Bowl. Let me just say these are the strictly the richest, most decadent, over-the-top brownies ever. They are hands down SUPER, and the only way to make these million dollar bars is with a box of Girl Scout cookies. Need to find a box? Here is the: Girl Scout Cookie Locator.
After you find your box, here is the Super Brownie recipe to make your Super Bowl, well, super.
- 1 stick butter
- 2oz of bittersweet chocolate
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 8oz cream cheese softened
- 1/2 confectioner's sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 box of Girl Scout Cookies ( I used Samoas but maybe try this recipe with Thin Mints?)
- 1 jar of caramel (optional)
Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 8" x 8" baking pan by lining it with parchment and spraying with cooking spray. In a heat large safe bowl, add the butter and 2oz bittersweet chocolate. Microwave in 30-second intervals into the butter and chocolate is melted. Mix until smooth. Set aside.
Step 2: Combine the cocoa powder, flour, and salt in a medium sized bowl. In a stand-up mixer, add the butter and chocolate mixture. Turn the mixer to low and add the sugar. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time then add the vanilla and mix at medium speed for another 2 minutes. Add the flour, cocoa, and salt to the mixer bowl mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Step 3: In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese and whip with a hand mixer until smooth. Add the confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Step 4: Spread half the brownie batter in the bottom of a pan. Pour the cream cheese mixture on the top of the brownie mixture. If using, drizzle half a jar of the caramel on top of the cream cheese. Then layer the remaining brownie batter on the top of cream cheese. Press the Girl Scout cookies in the top of the brownie batter. Bake for 45-50 min or until the center is no longer glossy and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Drizzle with more caramel if desired.
Step 5: Allow brownies to cool for at least 2 hours. Then cover with foil and place into the refrigerator for another 2 hours. Don't rush the cooling process. Once the brownies are cool, lift them from the pan onto a cutting board and cut into 9-12 large squares. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Now go eat a super brownie.
Until tomorrow, Super Girl Scouts.