Brownie Crinkle Cookies (The Boy Who Bakes recipe)

Friday, December 7, 2018

Brownie Crinkle Cookies on a plate

Brownie Crinkle Cookies from The Boy Who Bakes recipe

Do you have one hour? Then you have time to make these cookies! Really, they are super easy and fast. I can wake up super duper early and make them before work (and I leave home at 6 am). Sometimes, I don't have time to let them cool so I just lug the half-sheet pan into work. My co-workers don't mind. And I'm sure your friends won't mind too.

This recipe is from The Boy Who Bakes. I love Edd Kimber, cookbook author and winner of the BBC2's Great British Bake Off. He has engaging videos and fun content on Instagram. Earlier this year, he brought us the form of a brownie cookie.

Baking these cookies is so much easier than baking brownies - you don't have to wait until the brownies are cool, cut them into squares, and place into cupcake liners. This is a brownie. In the shape of a drop cookie. Oh, did I mention there is sea salt? Yes there is.

I'm excited to come back to blogging with this recipe. I've been making these cookies All. The. Time. I would think colleagues would get sick of them...but apparently they have no trouble finishing them off. Let's go. - mary

Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Sea Salt | Food Librarian
The Boy Who Bakes emphasizes this and I concur. You need GOOD ingredients for this to work. It has two types of chocolate: Dark chocolate and Dutch Cocoa. I use the Trader Joe's Belgium Dark Chocolate and Valhrona Dutch Cocoa (purchased at the new Surfas location in Los Angeles - so excited they are back!!)

The other thing that's key in this recipe is timing. You should mise en place your ingredients, preheat your oven, and have two parchment lined trays at the ready.

(The photos are from two different baking sessions in case they look slightly different.)

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A few colleagues have said these are their favorite cookies and I should bring them to every meeting.

Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Sea Salt | Food Librarian
Process photos: Melt chopped chocolate and butter over double boiler.

Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Sea Salt | Food Librarian
When the chocolate is melted, start the stand mixer containing the sugars and eggs. Beat for exactly 5 minutes.

Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Sea Salt | Food Librarian
The final batter is thick and easily scooped into mounds.

Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Sea Salt | Food Librarian
Top with flaked sea salt.

Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Sea Salt | Food Librarian
I use Jacobsen Salt Co. - Hand Harvested Pure Flake Sea Salt. It's really delicious salt. I even carry some around with me in a little tin - from Amazon (affiliate links)

Recipe: Brownie Crinkle Cookies
(adapted from The Boy Who Bakes)
200 g dark chocolate (around 65-70% cocoa solids), chopped - I use Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate pound bar
125 g (1 stick) unsalted butter, diced
150 g sugar (original recipe calls for caster sugar, but I use granulated sugar)
100 g light brown sugar
2 large eggs
130 g all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoon (about 18-20 grams) Dutch-processed cocoa powder (not natural) - I use Valhorna cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt - I use kosher salt

Flaked sea salt for sprinkling - I used Jacobsen's

As the Boy Who Bakes stressed, timing is important. Be sure to have a preheated oven at 350 F ready to go, parchment lined sheet trays (I use 2 half-sheets), as well as all your ingredients scaled and ready.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2a. Sift together dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt). Set aside.
2b. Using a double boiler, melt butter and chocolate, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat when melted.
3. As soon as the chocolate is melted, beat together the sugars (granulated and brown sugar) and eggs in a stand mixer with whisk attachment for 5 minutes (set a want 5 minutes).
4. Scrape down sides of mixture and add the melted chocolate & butter mixture. Beat for 30 seconds to 1 minute until combined.
5. Add the sifted dry ingredients all at once and mix just until combined. I usually stop early and finish folding with a spatula until blended. But gotta get this into the oven.
6. Scoop with disher (cookie or ice cream scoop) so they are uniform in size. (Note: Boy Who Bakes makes them really big. He fits 6 on a tray and I get at least 12.) They do spread so don't crowd them on the tray.
7. Sprinkle some flaked sea salt on top of each cookie. (When I started I didn't put enough salt on each cookie, so don't be afraid).
8. Place in center of oven and bake for 12 minutes. They will develop a crinkled top and puff a bit. I bake with the tray in the center rack and only bake one tray at a time.
9. Remove from oven and let rest on the tray until they are cool. Because they are soft, don't move onto a cooling rack until they are cool.
10. Enjoy!

Link to original recipe:

Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Sea Salt | Food Librarian

Some products used and The Boy Who Bakes cookbooks (affiliate links to Amazon's program - if you buy something, I get a few cents to buy more ingredients, and it doesn't cost you anything)

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