Baked’s Brooksters

Baked’s Brooksters

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The Desserts of New York
Makes
6
Photographer
Alicia Taylor

Let me get this right: it’s a brownie and a chocolate chip cookie, so basically two of my favourite sweets in one? That was my reaction when I first met the Brookster and, as I later learned from the co-creators, pretty much everyone’s ‘say what?’ response.

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito came up with it back in 2008, long before hybrid desserts were in, and the inspired creation has been a fixture at their perennially popular Brooklyn bakery, Baked, ever since. They kindly shared this recipe with me from Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), one of their best-selling cookbooks and a personal favourite, plus an extra note for you: ‘This recipe is fairly straightforward, but requires time. Don’t rush the specified times as it’s important for the dough and batter to cool and thicken slightly for a perfect bake.’

I’ve also tried this warmed slightly in a sundae and it’s the best foundation you can imagine.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
280g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon fine salt
225g unsalted butter, chopped, softened
200g dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
340g dark chocolate chips
ice cream, to serve, optional

Brownie shells

Quantity Ingredient
95g plain flour
3 teaspoons unsweetened (dutch) cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
140g dark chocolate, 60-72%
115g unsalted butter, chopped
150g caster sugar
50g light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract

Method

  1. To make the chocolate chip cookie filling, whisk the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large bowl and set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition (the mixture will look light and fluffy). Add the vanilla and beat for 5 seconds. Add half the flour mixture and beat for 15 seconds, then add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips until evenly combined. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  2. To make the brownie shells, grease six individual 10 cm pie dishes and place on a baking tray. Whisk the flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl and set aside. Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water) and stir occasionally until melted and combined. Remove from the heat, but keep the bowl over the water in the saucepan. Add both sugars and whisk until well combined. Remove the bowl from the water and cool to room temperature.
  3. Add the eggs to the chocolate mixture, one at a time, whisking after each addition until just combined, then stir in the vanilla (do not overbeat the batter at this stage or the brownies will be cakey). Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate mixture, then using a spatula (do not use a whisk), fold in until there is just a trace amount of flour mixture visible. Fill the pie dishes with the brownie batter until just under halfway full. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  5. To assemble the Brooksters, using an ice-cream scoop with a release mechanism, scoop cookie dough into ¼ cup-sized balls then, using your hands, shape the dough into perfect balls. Gently flatten each ball into a disc (the discs should be slightly smaller than the tops of the pie dishes). Gently press a cookie dough disc into the brownie batter in each pie dish. (You may have leftover cookie batter, which you can scoop into 1½ tablespoon-sized balls and bake on a separate baking tray.)
  6. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake, rotating the tray halfway through, for 20–25 minutes or until the cookie part is golden brown. Cool to room temperature or serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

Baked tip

  • You can also bake smaller Brooksters in a standard 12-cup muffin or cupcake tin with these modifications: use a light-coloured tin as dark-coloured metal will cause the edges to crisp up too early. Decrease the oven temperature to 180°C. Rotate the tin halfway through and make sure the Brooksters don’t overbake; they will probably take slightly longer as they are thicker.
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