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.
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
Resist the urge to lick the spatula
Don’t forget the cookies – they are vital
Off to the oven – don’t worry they will puff up.
Hot out of the oven – let them cool.
Grab a glass of milk and cozy up with one or two of these – I promise – no judgement.
- 1 1/2 sticks of butter
- 8 oz of dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup of light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
- 12 - 16 chocolate sandwich cookies, broken into quarters
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Grease a 9 x 13 pan with butter or baking spray and set aside.
- 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.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the eggs until they are starting to get light and fluffy.
- Add the vanilla extract and continue to mix.
- Slowly add the brown sugar so as not to lose the air and continue to mix.
- Slowly drizzle in the melted chocolate until fully incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt.
- To the chocolate mixture, add the flour mixture slowly.
- Mix in 1/2 of the broken cookies.
- Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
- Add the remaining cookies to the top of the batter, pressing them in slightly.
- Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes.
- 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
Knit (or crocheted) Grey Brain Cancer Mustache Pin by Knit, Purl, Damn!
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