So what’s a “brookie”?
Basically, a combination of two recipes: A COOKIE and A BROWNIE.
Still with me?
I’m truly suffering from “empty nest” syndrome even though I still have one kid left at home. He’s never around anymore and he used to love Halloween as much as his older brothers did. I can still picture them coming home after trick or treating with more candy than they could possibly consume in a year.
The pillow cases were emptied onto the floor AND yes, they needed pillow cases because those stupid little plastic jack-o-lantern pails were never big enough to hold the obnoxious amount of sweets they managed to pry out of unsuspecting neighbours.
The piles were divided up evenly – with the exception of MY pitifully small allotment, which they so graciously allowed me to have. My G-d, I gave birth to these people and they didn’t even want to give me a spare Snickers Bar. Sheesh.
Doesn’t matter. What they didn’t know was that I would go into their rooms while they were at school and STEAL as much as I could – EVENLY from each bag. That way I made them believe that they were stealing from each other. Bwaaa Ha Ha.
Anyhoodles, take a look at this makeshift graveyard, fully equipped with a coffin and some ghosties and “dirt”. The ghosts are simply made from lady fingers and icing and the dirt is chocolate cookie crumbs. Cute right?
I even dressed up this year and went to work. I want you to know that my costume set me back a total of 3 bucks. I’m not even sure what I was supposed to be. A devil? A spider? That’s what you get when you go shopping for Halloween costume in the 11th hour. A combination of NOTHING.
I also want you to know that I have been to the local dollar store more than 10 times in the past 3 weeks. Oh, and I also need to tell you that I could not find ONE candy eyeball since I cleared the shelves of them 2 weeks ago at the local supermarket. NOT ONE STORE IN THE ENTIRE CITY HAS EYEBALLS THIS WEEK.
Just a side-note here and I’m sure you will appreciate this story. After work today I had to meet my husband at his bank to sign some papers. Did you know that banks have “greeters” now? I’m not talking about Walmart greeters. I’m talking about greeter greeters. So I walk in and there’s the greeter – who looks like the photo below↓
Then as we were walking out there was another greeter who took greeter #1’s place to say “goodbye”. This greeter looked like this photo below↓
By the time I finished being greeted and farewelled I completely forgot why I was at the bank in the first place.
The moral of this story is…….sometimes you search for “eye candy” in all the wrong places.
- 2 ounces, good quality baking chocolate (unsweetened Or Bittersweet I used Hersheys)
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tbls pure vanilla extract
- 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
- ¼ cup + 1 tbls cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mix of white and dark chocolate chunks or chips
- optional white icing for spider webs - store bought or homemade
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stir, and let it cool.
- Mix the butter and sugar together until totally combined. With the mixer on low, slowly drizzle in the cooled chocolate. Scrape the bowl and mix again. Mix in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Scrape the bowl once more and mix.
- Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Stir it together, then add it in scoops to the mixing bowl with the mixer on low. Scrape the bowl once and mix one final time until all combined.
- Scoop generous tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment, then bake them for 11 minutes until set. Remove them from the oven, let them sit on the pan for 1 to 2 minutes, then remove them to a baking rack to cool completely. Once cool, decorate with white icing for spider webs