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Since I started blogging full time at home, I’ve been struggling with taking afternoon naps. Who can blame me?! We live in a tiny 600 square foot house and either the bed or the couch is always in eye sight and it just looks so comfy.
I needed to brainstorm some ideas to help keep myself awake.
My body dislikes caffeine so coffee or an energy drink are out of the question. I could go for a walk, take a drive to the grocery store, or do a 10 minute ab video. All good ideas.
But I found the best way to stay focused all afternoon – the casefile true crime podcast!
We’re big fans of murder mystery shows and I am pretty sure it all started with the Serial podcast – but making a murderer and the jinx are 2 really interesting tv shows about real crime.
So I’m hooked on listening to the casefile podcast and now I am paranoid that my neighbors are hiding bodies in their houses. Kidding – mostly haha.
And the best part is that the day seems to fly by because I’m so wrapped up in each new case. But I can’t listen to the podcast and write a blog post at the same time because than my brain wants to write what I’m hearing so I’ve been putting off writing and will willing do any other task if it means I can start a new episode.
I bet you know what I’ll be doing after I finish writing this :)
Say hello to these super easy BROOKIE CUPS! It’s a brownie and a cookie smashed together and baked in a muffin pan. Ryan likes to call them crownies.
I used packaged cookie dough and a box of brownie mix for extra ease – if you want to make cookie dough and brownie batter from scratch – don’t let me stop you, wonder woman!
I’m starting to discover that the muffin pan is one of the most versatile kitchen tools. We could even petition that the name be changed to “the universal pan” – I am almost certain that any recipe could be transformed to be baked in a muffin pan. Plus it produces perfect individual portions every time. Talk about consistency :)
Let’s get to the nitty gritty – how do I bake brookie cups?
Spray a regular size muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place pieces of cookie dough in each muffin well – some on the bottom or some of the sides – mix it up. Add some brownie batter and then go back and add a few more cookie dough pieces. It’s best if you only fill the cups about 1/2-3/4 full.
Then bake – eat – repeat!
Yield: 18+ brookie cups
Total Time:45 minutes
- Refrigerated cookie dough
- Box of brownie mix (plus ingredients listed on the back)
- Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a regular size muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the back of the box.
- Place pieces (or balls) of cookie dough in each muffin well - some on the bottom or some of the sides - mix it up.
- Add some brownie batter and then go back and add a few more cookie dough pieces. It’s best if you only fill the cups about 1/2-3/4 full.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.