I often bake treats to bring into work. Sometimes it is for the teachers – we take snacks very seriously as a staff. Every week, someone is assigned to bring in a treat to share! Other times, I bake treats for the kiddos in my classroom. We have parties, I love food demonstrations and lessons, but sometimes, the students earn their treat. My math classes receive rewards for turning in continuous homework. You can see my post about how that works here.
Recently, one of my classes won a treat day. I asked the students what they would like me to bring in for their reward. Earlier in the year, I had made them “Brookies” which combine chocolate chip cookies and brownies into something rich and delicious. So this time, some students called out “More brookies!” Others shouted “Cupcakes!” We took a vote. The class was split. Since we were at a stalemate, I told the students I would check the ingredients I had at home, and that would ultimately determine the final decision.
Looking in my pantry, I saw I had plenty of cupcake liners, as well as a brownie mix. Why not bake brownies in cupcake liners? This would mean brownie lovers would be happy, and it would mean no cutting and serving brownies (which I always make a total mess of!). I figured I could top the brownies with a type of frosting… and what better flavor to add to this mix than cookie dough! I searched Pinterest, and to my surprise, there were several cookie dough frosting recipes! Win!
I typically use a box mix because it is super fast and follow the directions for “more cake like brownies”. This usually means adding an egg to the original recipe. However, you can use whatever brownie recipe you choose!
Rather than putting the brownies in a pan, grab a muffin tin and prepare the cupcake liners inside. Scoop the brownie batter into the cupcake liners. I fill them about half way, making sure to leave extra room for more frosting. After all, these are brownies, not cupcakes, so they are not meant to bake all the way to the top of the liner! While the brownies are baking, make the frosting.
Cookie dough frosting
I found the recipe of this frosting at If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen which is a great site full of other awesome recipes. I haven’t tried the cupcake recipe with the frosting, but I’m sure that would be fantastic as well!
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- Pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp milk
- Mini chocolate chips or Chocolate shavings
- In a large mixing bowl, whip the butter (it’s much easier with a stand mixer or electric hand mixer) until fluffy, about 5 minutes. I find that sometimes I need to stop the mixer to scrape the butter down to make sure all the butter is being whipped!
- On low speed, add the brown sugar and powdered sugar and combine completely, then add the flour.
- Turn the mixer to medium speed and add the vanilla and salt and until the mixture is smooth and fluffy. Add the milk a little at a time until it is frosting consistency. I found that you may not need to use all the milk.
- Stir in some of the chocolate chips or shavings. (I usually do not have mini chocolate chips and the regular ones are too big for this frosting. So what I usually do is take regular chocolate chips and chop them up into smaller pieces! A little rustic, but that is ok!)
- Use a spatula to put the frosting in a pastry bag (or if you are not fancy, like me, use a regular Ziploc bag).
- I typically chill the frosting in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so before frosting, until the brownies have cooled completely.
- Frost each brownie. It helps to have the little extra liner so you can really load up on the frosting.Sprinkle the top with mini chocolate chips or shavings.
- These can be stored in an airtight container for a few days, but I actually like to keep them in the fridge to make sure the frosting stays the right consistency. My students actually said they are better cold too!
I actually did not have a name for these little wonders at first, but after serving them to my students, came up with the mash up name. One stated that the desserts were like brookies, but better – Cupcake Brookies – and the name “CupBrookies” came to be.
So the next time you can’t decide between cookies, brownies or cupcakes, don’t! Bake up a batch of these and everyone wins!