Everyone deals with stress differently. Some people eat, some people drink, some people go shopping, some people hide away listening to music.....I bake! Sometimes I go crazy and clean the house and sometimes I want to sit in my jammies and eat all day but baking is the thing that helps me the most. I don't necessarily want to eat if after I've baked it, I just need to do it for the therapy. It's pretty cheap therapy, actually!
Last week was not my best week. I got some very stressful news and I am not sure how I will fix things. I know everything will be fine, but right now I am overwhelmed. So to help me cope, I've been baking. Ok, ok, ok.....I've been baking AND drinking red wine. If it makes it any better, I've been baking a lot more than I've been drinking wine.....honest!
During one of my Pinterest drooling sessions, I found these cookies made by Naomi at Baker's Royale. I LOVE her blog and all of her over-the-top desserts! Anyways, when you are upset you really need chocolate. Well, YOU really need chocolate....I need caramel (and red wine, but I think we've covered that). This recipe sort of combines the best of both worlds. The original recipe came from Donna Hay who filled her cookies with a peanut butter frosting. Sounds yummy but I followed Naomi's lead and made this fabulous caramel creme filling using my homemade caramel (from my Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Caramel Filling). You can use store bought if you prefer, it will still taste fabulous!
Don't wait until you've had a bad day to try this recipe. In fact, make these babies and maybe you won't have a bad day!
Brownie Cookies with Caramel Creme Filling via Bakers Royale
Makes 24 cookie sandwiches
12 oz. chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
⅔ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 7oz. of the chocolate and the butter in a saucepan over low heat and gently stir until melted and smooth. Set aside.
Place the eggs, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat for 15 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add in flour, baking powder, melted chocolate mixture, remaining 5 oz. of chocolate and mix to combine. Set aside to to stand for 10 minutes.
Spoon 2 tablespoonful of the mixture, onto parchment lined bake sheet. Bake for about 8–10 minutes or until puffed and cracked. Allow to cool completely on trays.
Caramel Creme Filling:
1 cup butter
2 cups confectioner sugar
1/3 cup caramel
Place butter in a bowl and beat until creamed. Add in confectioner sugar and beat until light combined. Add in caramel and beat until combined.
Spread a teaspoon and a half of caramel creme on underside of one brownie cookie and place a second brownie cookie bottom side down on top frosting
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