At every great bake sale, you’ll always see the classics- chocolate chip cookies and brownies. As one that loves them both equally, it’s always tough to choose between the two. Well thanks to the “crownie”, I don’t have to. What in the heck is a crownie, you ask? Other than being insanely delicious, it’s a brownie batter base with chocolate chip cookie dough mashed on top. This particular recipe is loaded with dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and topped with Maldon sea salt. Absolute insanity I tell you. (In the very best way, of course.)
Today I’m teaming up with McCormick and the Mom it Forward Blogger Network as we host a “virtual” back to school bake sale. My son’s school does a variation of the bake sale every year and though I’m a little embarrassed to admit, I’m totally that mom that wants her treats to go first. What can I say? I’m extremely competitive. And make a mean chocolate chip cookie too so watch out. Thanks to this fun bake sale, you’ll have plenty of cookie and brownie recipes to choose from so you’re treats will be the first to go! (After mine, of course.)
McCormick Kitchens has developed some great recipes based on the classic chocolate chip cookie and brownie, and my case one that combines the two. The original inspiration for this “crownie” comes from the McCormick Kitchens and is a mint brownie base with a classic chocolate chip cookie batter on top. I’m not big on mint, so I tweaked the recipe to my liking by adding a heavy hand of vanilla extract (swoon) and loaded the cookie dough with dark chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch chips to make it extra decadent. I finished the bars off my signature sprinkling of sea salt. (Double swoon.)
I’ve been teamed up five other bloggers and we’re competing in a VERY friendly competition against five other teams of bloggers to see who can “sell” the most cookies. In virtual bake sale world, this means you can “buy” a treat when you pin a recipe from the McCormick Pinterest board. Just a friendly, fun way of sharing some new recipes. If you choose to participate not only will you get to pin a bunch of really delicious brownie and cookie recipes but you’ll also be entered to win a fun baking prize from McCormick.
Here’s how you can participate: visit the McCormick Bake Sale Pinterest board and pick your favorite treat and repin it to one of your own boards using the hashtag #McCormickBakeSale. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me what you’re favorite brownie, cookie, or crownie recipe is. Hope you’re all having a great day and please be sure to visit the other bloggers on my team to check out their creations- all of the recipes look amazing!
Orange Cream Cookies The Crafting Chicks
Cinnamon Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Himalayan Sea Salt from The Divine Miss Mommy
Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies from Flour on my Face
Cinnamon White Chip Cookies from Andrea’s World Reviews
Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies from Under the Table and Dreaming
A brownie and chocolate chip cooke in one, these salted bars are studded with dark chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch chips.
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- scant 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened butter
- 1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 4 teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract, divided
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
- 1- 11oz box brownie mix
- 1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- Mix flour, baking soda and kosher salt in medium bowl; set aside.
- Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and 2 teaspoons of the vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch chips; set aside.
- Prepare brownie mix as directed on package, adding remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
- Spread brownie batter in greased and lined 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.
- Drop cookie dough by tablespoon full on partially baked brownie, covering the top evenly. It doesn't need to be perfect as the cookie dough will spread during baking. Sprinkle the cookie dough with Maldon sea salt. Bake 20 to 25 minutes longer or until cookie top is golden brown.
- Remove pan from oven and cool in pan on wire rack until completely cool. Cut into into 15 bars and serve.
This recipe has been modified for my high altitude kitchen which sits just below 7000 feet. If you don't need to modify for high altitude, use a full 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and a full 1/2 cup of both sugars.
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