Cooking On A Budget: Brownie Chocolate Chip Muffins

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Brownie Chocolate Chip Muffins


I must admit this is not my original idea. When I spotted this I immediately felt it was very clever. Two things that kids and adults love are brownies and chocolate chip cookies, right? So by combining the two you would get the best of both worlds. The idea I spotted used both a boxed brownie mix and chocolate chip cookie mix. Simple and inexpensive and easy.
It's suggested that you put the brownie mix in each compartment of a muffin tin - looked like they put in batter about 1/4 the way up then added a scoop of cookie mix. Further suggested was to bake them according to box directions but start to check halfway through so the brownies stay moist. However, the cookie dough needs to bake thoroughly.
What's the harm in trying?

  • 1 box dark brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker - on sale)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 water
  • 1 roll of Nestle® Tollhouse Cookies
Now that I made these I want to point out some things. Use muffin cups. I heavily sprayed each compartment with cooking spray because I did not have the cups - not all of them came out easily. Fill the brownie batter only 1/4 of the way up the tin otherwise if you do 2/3 like I did - they spill over.

  1. Make the brownie batter according to the box directions.
  2. Fill each muffin tin with a paper or foil liner and add the brownie batter.
  3. Slice the cookie dough about 1/4 inch or so and place on top of the brownie mix.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 45 minutes until you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.

NOTE: I used an extra large muffin pan and one smaller one and the yield was 18. If you use regular sized muffin tins you will probably get 24. The cost for the dough and box mix and eggs and oil came to $6.46. So for 24 the cost each is $.26. When you think about what you pay in a bakery, or in the store for a snack and you really don't get many, this easy dessert is a bargain.

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