I pondered for some time about what I should post as my first food post now that I’m back in Minnesota. Should it be Minnesota-esqe? A tearful homage to my beloved California? Something completely unrelated? I had ideas. Lots of ideas. But ambition? Well, that’s another story! Ultimately, I went completely unrelated to where I live and just good food. Also food I could share with co-workers to prevent me from noshing on the whole pan, because self-control ain’t my strength.
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Brookings, aka brownies and cookies, are quite genius when you think about it. I’m not sure who came up with the clever idea or if it was one of those weird, happy accidents but regardless, I’d like to hug them. I love brownies and don’t mind making them. I love cookies but I do mind making them. They take more time and see the aforementioned ambition. Or lack thereof.
Bars = One Pan
Cookies = Multiple pans and a need to pay attention.
Bars win hands down. Unless someone else is making them, then both are winners! Thus, my discovery of brookies was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because one pan but a real curse to my hips. Thighs. And belly.
But so worth it. Mostly.
Yes, worth it. Worth it 100%.
What I truly love about this particular version is the cookie is a monster cookie. I adore monster cookies with their peanut butter and both M&Ms and chocolate chips. And with the little bit of oatmeal mixed into the batter, you can also pretend they’re healthy. Ish. I meant healthyish. And all-around delicious.
My co-workers devoured them and my family enjoyed them too, which made me a happy baker. And yes, I loved them too, particularly the fact that I only ate 2 (okay, fine. 3) versus the whole pan.
Makes 30-36 small bars
Recipe from Together as Family
I could not find mini M&Ms in the candy aisle but the baking aisle had M&Ms Baking Bits which work fine.
These bars are quite decadent so you can cut them relatively small too, which is nice when you’re serving a crowd. They also whip up fast since this version uses a brownie mix as the base versus a from-scratch base. You could, of course, make a from-scratch version if that’s your preference. You do you!