I can state without a doubt that this Brownie Cookie Sandwich stands as the most lavish cookie experience I’ve ever encountered. And I can’t help but revel in the fact that it emerged from my own kitchen. Imagine if this delight had graced the counters of an upscale patisserie? Their closely guarded recipe would forever remain beyond my grasp – a truly unfortunate circumstance!
This marvel presents the taste of a brownie, elegantly encapsulated within the form of a cookie. And to amplify the splendor, there’s a lavish layer of peanut butter frosting! Admittedly, baking isn’t my forte, as my palate leans more toward savory indulgences than sweet confections. So, the majority of my sweet creations fall within the “quick and easy” treat category.
However, this creation… it’s worth every single second invested. It exudes extravagant flavors and is absurdly delectable. The brownie cookie mirrors the characteristics of an actual brownie, encompassing both its texture and flavor profile. The cookie’s surface boasts the familiar delicate layer of crinkles. On the scale ranging from intensely dense and fudgy to cake-like, this cookie finds its place somewhere in between. Internally, it’s soft, moist, and delicately chewy. And the chocolatey essence is truly profound.
As for the frosting, it’s an absolute delight. It fluffs up into an irresistibly creamy concoction, marked by a distinctive peanut butter essence. While it carries a sweet note, a touch of salt cleverly weaves into its flavor profile, rendering the frosting exquisitely addictive.
Pair the brownie cookie with the peanut butter frosting, and you’ve unlocked the pinnacle of cookie perfection. The inception of this cookie sandwich concept hails from a recipe crafted by Donna Hay, a renowned culinary figure in Australia. Yet, my execution involved merging Jen’s Favorite Cookies’ brownie cookie recipe and a Peanut Butter Frosting concoction by the esteemed Ina Garten (also known as Barefoot Contessa), sourced from her cookbook “Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over Again.”
Though the brownie cookie recipe relies on US measurements, my confidence in adapting it to Australian cups and teaspoons (with slight differences) paid off, given the “low risk” nature of this baking endeavor. My intuition proved accurate, and the outcome was nothing short of brilliant. Having prepared it twice, I can attest to its consistent perfection.
The cookies showcased in the photos adopt a grandiose size – slightly larger than my palm’s dimensions (admittedly, my hands are uncharacteristically petite). Their diameter spans around 3.5″/8.5cm. My rationale, albeit slightly irrational, led me to opt for these gargantuan proportions, as an alternative to succumbing to the guilt of indulging in two conventionally sized cookie sandwiches. Nevertheless, for those of a more conventional inclination, the option of crafting regular-sized treats is presented below.