Yesterday I learned multiple life lessons. One- trust your gut. Two- always keep a clean kitchen and living room. Three- baked goods make a great Thank You gift.
I was supposed to be galavanting around San Francisco right now trying fabulous new foods and hopefully connecting with new brands. Well, on Sunday night, my dear son came down with croup. We have dealt with this many times before, but I just knew that he was going to be miserable and that I would have felt guilty the entire time, so I cancelled my trip. Then yesterday, his breathing (or lack thereof) got so bad that we actually had to call 911 and he had to be taken to the hospital. It was seriously one of the scariest days of my life. Needless to say I was/am so happy I trusted my gut and stayed home. In hindsight however, I really wish that I hadn't moped around yesterday and had actually gotten up to do the dishes and clean up the toys, because the fire fighters definitely gave my house the once over!
Anyway, now that Ben is back home and feeling much better, we decided to bake some treats for the fire fighters and paramedics as a thank you. We wanted something easy and delicious. We still have loads of candy canes so I thought we would use them up. Plus, chocolate and peppermint go so well together.
Baby Ben was so proud to offer a plate of these to the fire fighters. They were so kind to make a huge deal out of his gift and gave him a tour of the truck. He has been gleaming ever since!
- 1 and ¼ cups butter softened
- 1 and ½ cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped candy canes
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons milk or cream
- 10-12 Oreo Cookies
- Chocolate Ganache:
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I like milk chocolate)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup cream or half and half
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Generously spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Begin by creaming the butter and sugar together.
Add eggs, one at a time mixing well after each addition.
Mix in vanilla.
In a sperate bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
Stir in chocolate chips and chopped candy canes.
Melt butter and chocolate chips in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir together. If the choc/butter mixture is not completely melted, put back in microwave for 30 sec. Let sit for about 3 minutes to cool slightly.
Add eggs and sugar into the chocolate and whisk together rapidly.
Add the flour salt and milk, and whisk together to mix completely.
Pour brownie batter into the baking dish.
Add a layer of Oreos on top of the brownie batter.
Cover Oreos with dollops of cookie batter.
Bake until knife is inserted and when remove is clean, about 25 minutes.
Cook on medium temperature until melted, stirring constantly.
Once done, pour over Brookies and sprinkle with chopped candy canes.