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4 stacked brookie bars with frosting and sprinkles

Circus Animal Brookies

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 18-21 servings

Description

A brownie stuffed with Circus Animal Cookies and topped with a chocolate chip and vanilla frosting

Ingredients

For the cookie dough

  • ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup (165g) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons (60g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups + 2 tablespoons (254g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ + 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (180g) chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup nonpareils sprinkles

For the brownie batter

  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, melted
  • ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups (285g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (105g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (84g) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 package (11oz) Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies

For the frosting

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter
  • 3 ½ cups (455g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoons (15ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon (15ml) pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13-inch pan and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper. Allow the butter to soften for at least 20 minutes.

For the cookie dough: 

  1. Combine the softened butter with the brown and granulated sugar. Beat on medium speed until well combined, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Next add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract and continue beating until well incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir to combine and slowly add the dry ingredients into the dough, mixing on low speed until dough starts to form. Before the dough thickens, add the chocolate chips and sprinkles. Beat until incorporated. Set aside.

For the brownie layer: 

  1. Chop the chocolate into smaller pieces and melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for approximately 2 minutes at 50% power. Stir occasionally and microwave until completed melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.
  2. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and combine with the granulated sugar; beat together until well combined.
  3. Next add the egg and egg yolk and beat for 60 seconds at a higher speed until the batter is fluffy (texture resembling a cake batter).
  4. Then add the vanilla extract and melted chocolate and beat until combined.
  5. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and stir to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix just until combined.

Assembly: 

  1. Pour the prepared brownie batter in the bottom of the pan. Lay out Circus Animal Cookies in rows and gently push into the brownie batter. Then take large pieces of the cookie dough and press it flat with your hands, then press it into the brownie batter. Continue to layer all the remaining cookie dough.
  2. Bake at 350°F for 35-40 minutes. I suggest covering with aluminum foil after 15-20 minutes to prevent too much browning on top. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. The brownie should be a little fudgy but not wet. Cool completely.

Frosting:

  1. Cut the butter into pieces. Using the paddle attachment, whip the butter for 5-7 minutes, scraping down the bowl occasionally, beating until the butter look light in color.
  2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix on low speed until incorporated into the butter then beat for an additional 60 seconds.
  3. Add the remaining powdered sugar along with the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed until sugar is incorporated. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 3 minutes then increase speed a beat for another couple minutes to whip additional air into the frosting.
  4. Frost cooled bars and garnish with additional sprinkles.
Nutrition Information:
1 bar
589
57g
243mg
31g
76.7g
2.7g
5.3g
112mg
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Brookie recipe, circus animal cookies