Authors: what Andy ate
It seems like mashup recipes (i.e. Christina Tosi) and genre cookbooks are so in style these days. So I jumped at the opportunity to review Lindsay Landis’s The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook: Cookies, Cakes, Candies, and More , which has just come out this week. The recipes all focus around a basic cookie dough that is used in almost every recipe. I love the homemade feeling of the book and it feels very bloggy in contrast to a more seasoned cookbook author. The photos of every recipe are inspiring and also frustrating if one of your creations does not look as perfect as Lindsay’s. My only suggestion is that on her next book to also include the measurements in grams because it makes it much easier to double and accurately measure.
I was craving brownies this week so I decided to try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies recipe in the cookbook. It is basically a brownie recipe with a layer of cookie dough on top and then a chocolate ganache on top. I loved the combination of chocolate chip cookie dough and I added some leftover cacao nibs to give it an extra deep chocolaty flavor. I highly recommend Valrhona Guanaja chocolate for baking in recipes like these. It works really well and has just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness.
I failed to make the top layer of chocolate straight and smooth like the book’s photo. I think this was a result of making chunky homemade chocolate chips and the cacao nibs. My patience was also wearing thin by the time I had finished the recipe as well. Lindsay tweeted at me that the secret to achieving this effect is an offset spatula and a steady hand. So next time I will try that.
Overall the brownies were really tasty and go perfect with a glass of milk or maybe your morning coffee if you’re feeling like you need a sweet picke me up to start your day. I highly recommend using cacao nibs because it really adds a nice depth of flavor and also a nuttiness to the brownies. Walnuts could also be good.
Enjoy these photos of the baking process.
Dry ingredients with the cacao nibs mixed in.
Mixing the cookie dough filling.
Spreading the cookie dough filling on top of the brownies.
Chocolate ganache for the top layer.