These items weren't regulars on the holiday dessert circuit and I haven't been fortunate enough to try any of these out of Geri's kitchen, but don't they sound good? A google search of Monkey Bread make my mouth water... and cookie dough? Well, now that's a dessert after my own heart.
In honor of my Aunt Geri, I took cookie dough brownies to the kitchen. It's not her recipe (doubtful she really even used them anymore anyways) and I jazzed it up a bit with a chocolate ganache topping, as I took the easy way to make them.
Geri is, and will be, greatly missed.
Cookie Dough Brownie with a Chocolate Ganache
Prepare both the brownies and the cookies as directed.
This is me, practicing sheer willpower. Cookie Dough is any form is like crack. I'm an addict. Guilty.
The brownie mix goes into the pan - you should use a 9x13. I used this small pan because I halfed the recipe. Because having an entire pan of these in my house is detrimental to maintaining a figure that will entice gentleman folks to take me out on dates and woo me.
With the brownie base, drop spoonfuls of cookie dough into the brownie batter, pushing down lightly. Then pop into the oven. I followed the temp directions on the brownie box. Then I eye balled the baking, pulling out when the toothpick came out clean from the center. In a redo, I would probably err on the side of undercooking next time.
These will need to cool before you make the chocolate ganache.
Now, chocolate ganache sounds fancy, but it's really easy to make. Three simple ingredients: chocolate, butter, cream.
Bag of semi sweet chips, 3/4 cup of cream, 6 Tbls of butter. Heat the cream and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Melt the butter and stir until the point just before it boils. You'll see the edges start to bubble. Pour over the chocolate chips and fold and stir until the chips are melted.
Easy as that. I wouldn't use light cream next time. I don't know what I was thinking. There's nothing even remotely healthy about these. That's why they taste so damn delicious.
Pour the ganache over the brownie and let sit until the ganache firms up. I left mine in over night and for breakfast the next morning, had this treat: