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Cookies and Cream Brownies

Today’s event is being hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. They teamed up with their blogger friends to help raise awareness and support for Cancer and Hospice today in memory of Kim’s dad. We encourage everyone to read the posts and share their own experiences with cancer. We also would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society and also to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Hospice was a key element during Kim’s father’s battle with cancer. They made it possible for Kim to care for him at home. So please show your support and donate if you can. You can also contact your local Hospice and donate directly to them if you wish. A little goes a long way!

When Kim mentioned that she was planning to do an event to raise awareness for cancer, I knew I had to participate.  It’s amazing how many people have had cancer touch their lives in some way.  One of my good friends, Justine Michaelczyk, passed away from Neuroblastoma at the young age of 19.  The Dancin’ On Air/Dance Party USA Alumni hosted a cancer benefit a couple years ago and we raised over $2k for the American Cancer Society that was donated in memory of our alumni who fought the battle.  One of my favorite memories of that night, besides us all sharing memories of our time with those that had lost their fight, was celebrating our dear friend Joe who is still bravely battling cancer.  I am in awe of his courage and positive  attitude and his love of life.  He celebrates every day and his attitude is infectious.   I do have to laugh – sometimes when I see YouTube clips online, I always smile when I see either Justine or Joe dancin’ away.

Just a Few Alumni (Photo Credit: Annette Pizzo McGill)

Just a Few Alumni (Photo Credit: Annette Pizzo McGill)

When I was thinking of a great recipe to feature for #RecipesFromTheHeart, I thought these Cookie and Cream Brownies were perfect.  Who doesn’t love brownies and to meld those brownies with these Oreo-esque cookies – even better.  I decided to make the brownies from scratch and it was so simple and I adapted Lorraine Pascale’s recipe a bit.  The cookies are scattered throughout the batter and with the extra chocolate deliciousness that I may or may not have snuck in there – oh my heavens!  These brownies will bring a smile to your face!

On to the recipe:

Gather your ingredients

Cookies and Cream Brownies - Ingredients

Resist the urge to lick the spatula

Cookies and Cream Brownies - Chocolate

Don’t forget the cookies – they are vital

Cookies and Cream Brownies - Cookies

Off to the oven – don’t worry they will puff up.

Cookies and Cream Brownies - PreOven

Hot out of the oven – let them cool.

Cookies and Cream Brownies - Post Oven

Grab a glass of milk and cozy up with one or two of these – I promise – no judgement.

Cookies and Cream Brownies
  • 1½ sticks of butter
  • 8 oz of dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup of light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of flour
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
  • 12 - 16 chocolate sandwich cookies, broken into quarters
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 pan with butter or baking spray and set aside.
  3. Over a low flame, melt the butter. When the butter is melted, remove from the heat, add the chocolate and stir until melted. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the eggs until they are starting to get light and fluffy.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and continue to mix.
  6. Slowly add the brown sugar so as not to lose the air and continue to mix.
  7. Slowly drizzle in the melted chocolate until fully incorporated.
  8. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt.
  9. To the chocolate mixture, add the flour mixture slowly.
  10. Mix in ½ of the broken cookies.
  11. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  12. Add the remaining cookies to the top of the batter, pressing them in slightly.
  13. Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes.
  14. Let cool for a bit and enjoy!
Adapted from Lorraine Pascale

Check out these fabulous recipes from some amazing bloggers who also are showing their support for cancer awareness and hospice:
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Home-made Strawberry Topping by Cravings of a Lunatic

Chili Verde by Juanita’s Cocina

S’Mores Brownies in Jars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Dark Chocolate and Orange Muffins by The Dutch Baker’s Daughter

Boston Cream Pie by Pass The Sushi

My Fathers Day Recipe Round Up by Curry and Comfort

Tropical Smoothie by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Mini Gugelhupf by Masala Herb

Sauteed Strawberry and Sugarsnap Salad by Cook The Story

Cranberry Cashew Breakfast Muffins by In Fine Balance

Arugula Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Mushrooms by Crazy Foodie Stunts

Spicy Beef Sliders by Katie’s Cucina

Thai Red Curry Soup by Damn Delicious

Suman (Sweet Rice and Banana Leaves) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Fresh Vegetable Salad by White Lights on Wednesday

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Cinnamon Chip Cookie Butter Bars by The Messy Baker

Berry/Cherry Fro-Yo Ice Cream by Cookistry

Honey Beer Bread by Hungry Couple

Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Pancakes by The Spiffy Cookie

Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars by Sweet Remedy

Cookies and Cream Brownies by Cooking in Stilettos

Blueberry Lemon Cake by Roxana’s Home Baking

Angel Cake by Ninja Baking


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  1. says

    Your friend was so young when she passed away…Thank you for sharing your story about your friend, it gives other people hope who are suffering from cancer. One should never give up!
    And you are right your cookie brownies are a good way to celebrate life!

  2. says

    Nice to meet you and I’m proud to be apart of such a wonderful event thanks to Kim and Jen. :) I’m sorry for the loss of your good friend, but fantastic job raising money to donate to the cancer society. Also love that your friend Joe is still smiling everyday and not letting this take his joy away. Wishing him the best.

  3. says

    Congratulations on raising 2k for the American Cancer Society. It always amazes me how we can be dancing one day with our friends, and the next day they’re gone. Makes me aware of how precious the moments of life are…Moments like enjoying beautiful chocolate “Oreo-esque” brownies. Thank you for your post, Aly =)

  4. Barbara says

    I have a new bread recipe I really want to try and the KitchenAid would be so much easier, so that would be the first thing I’d try :)

  5. says

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend who passed away to young. Thank you for sharing your story.

    You know, I made some cookies and cream brownies for a bake sale a little while ago. They were delicious. BUT, you couldn’t tell they were cookies and cream by looking at them because I’d crumbled up the cookies too much. I love the big chunks of cookie you’ve left here. I’ll definitely be trying that next time!
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  6. says

    Aly thank you so much for telling your story and supporting this great cause. I am so thankful for your friendship and support. It means the world to me. I love this recipe. Brownies just soothe and comfort. They are perfect for this event. I love the photo of everyone. Looks like a great group of people and I love that there was so much money raised for a good cause.
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