I don't know about you, but I love baking on a snowy day. There is nothing better than pulling hot, ooey, gooey cookies out of the oven and taking that first, delicious bite! And what a better way to spend a snow day than by honoring a loved one and sharing memories in the kitchen!
My only problem with baking is that I tend to bake the same, old “safe” recipes over and over. You know the recipes I am talking about- the ones that you KNOW are going to turn out great. But on this most recent snow day my oldest daughter and I decided to explore something new.
We grabbed the box of my grandmother's treasured cookie recipes and chose one that I vaguely recall her having made. And these decadent Brownie Cookies were just perfect enough to share!
Honoring My Grandmother Through Baking
You may recall from this post that my grandmother was great in the kitchen. And while I am not as talented in the kitchen as she was, I love being in the kitchen with my girls and getting to share family recipes and memories with them. My grandmother passed when they were both very young, so they do not recall a lot about their GG. This makes keeping her memory alive with them even more important!
While these Brownie Cookies are amazing, the best part of this entire recipe for me was getting to see my grandmother's handwriting. Isn't it unique?! This recipe card is certainly a treasure!
How We Made Them
We started by getting organized and gathering the ingredients. First up- chopping four 1oz unsweetened chocolate squares.
Next we combined the chopped unsweet chocolate squares, one stick of butter and 1.5 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a sauce pan for melting.
We melted these ingredients on medium heat and stirred constantly. I am certain my grandmother would have had a better method, but this worked for us!
Once the chocolates and butter were melted we set the pan aside for cooling. I am not sure why it needs to cool, but I let it cool because that is what her recipe said to do.
While the chocolate mixture is cooling, mix the baking powder, salt and sugar until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and lightly beat. Then add in the flour and mix until combined and add 1.5 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips. I omitted the nuts- I just don't care for crunchies in my cookies.
Add this mixture to the chocolate mixture and combine it well. We used a mixer for this batter, as it was too thick to stir with ease.
Add about one tablespoon of the batter on a lined or greased cookie sheet. Don't they look amazing?!
Pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for about ten to twelve minutes and place on a cookie rack to cool.
Oh, So Good!
These cookies were crisp-ish on the outside and ooey, gooey on the inside! The perfect combination of cookies and brownies!
I enjoyed making this recipe with my oldest daughter in honor of my grandmother. It is a small but beautiful way for me to help my daughter remember her.
I would love for you to join us in honoring my grandmother by making a batch of these amazing Brownie Cookies! The recipe is below. Enjoy!
Margaret Hall's Brownie Cookies
- 1/4 Cup Butter
- 4 – 1oz Unsweetened Chocolate Squares, Chopped
- 3 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, Divided
- 1.5 Cups General Purpose Flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1.5 Cups Sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- Optional 2 Cups Pecans, Chopped & Toasted
- In medium sauce pan combine the butter, chocolate squares and half of the chocolate morsels. Melt on medium heat and stir constantly.
- Once melted, let the chocolate mixture cool
- While the chocolate mixture is cooling, combine the baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla to the dry mixture and stir until combined. Slowly add the flour and remaining chocolate morsels. Mix until combined. Add this to the chocolate mixture once cool.
- Take about one tablespoon of batter and place it on a cookie sheet that has been well-greased or lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes.
How do You Honor a Loved One's Memory?
I love little ways to honor the memory of those I love. Doing things like incorporating their heirlooms into my home décor and baking their recipes bring my so much joy. While I do also find comfort and joy in honoring them in the cemetery, that isn't something that my schedule allows for me to do everyday.
Doing these small things help me overcome my fear of forgetting the impact they have had on my life. Equally, it helps my children understand and honor the contributions they made toward their own lives as well.
What are some every day ways that you incorporate the memory of a loved one into your life? I love fresh, new ideas and ways to honor those I love. Drop me a line and let me know what works for you!