What goes down here at Beauty & the Feast isn’t strictly limited to food stuffs. Oh no, there’s many a life-coping mechanism to be found a midst the butter and flour.
For instance, what do you do at the end of a long-booty week and you’re hardcore feigning for cookies AND brownies?
You go commandeer your roommate’s big little book of a million cookies. Obviously.
It’s actually 500 cookies, not a million…but 5oo cookies are enough to make me happy.
Alright, easy enough… classic choco-chip cookie taste baked in brownie mode.
So what happens when you realize early on that chocolate chips just aren’t quite gonna do it for your current cocoa fix?
I’m thinking that corrupting half the pan with a mocha infusion is a relatively plausible solution.
We end up with a bit of a light vs. dark situation…good vs. evil if you will.
…well, except they’re both fudging good.
Which brings us to yet another predicament: whose side do we join?
I can so see how this is gonna play out…
Both batters gearing up for the battle over your affection, each wielding their powerful butter wands. (Please excuse the weird comparison, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I premieres a mere week from today…how excited am I??…Aghhhhh Im a big ol’ dweeb)
Ah good old chocolate and butterscotch chippy cookie dough– a traditional cookie-jar darling. The picture of reliable.
Expect the original batter to pull the comfort card, it’s his strongest play. He’s gonna be like, “Aw pal, ya gotta stick with me…I’m your deliciously wholesome buddy. Remember the childhood visits to granny’s house? You can’t forget the good times. You know me, you love me…please don’t leave me..”
Brief intermission. I thought this was sorta beautiful. Little brown sugar ruins floating in a stream of liquid butter
Would huge pictures of food throughout my house be cute or weird?
Okay, artsy zen-like moment over.
Back to the drama.
Then comes the chocolate…deep, dark, luscious chocolate enhanced to pinnacle potency with coffee and studded with little chocolate and butterscotch gems. Hmmmm glamorous.
You know he’s gonna be all “Come on over to the dark side baby, I know you wanna. I’m rich and full of robust flavor. Forget goody two-shoed Average Joe over there and party with me. We’ll have us a little drinky drinky and get…decadent.”
Bahh, curse you temptation.
I know this looks like a stressful situation..
But woah, hey, calm down buddy…breathe. We got this.
Let’s just put on our foodie fedoras, and the solution becomes increasingly clear…
See now, look at us— we avoided three potential crises and gained some super valuable life-management skills by simply being rational and maintaining a positive fattitude.
Life lessons at B&tF.
Chocolate-Butterscotch Chip Cookie Bars
Adapted from 500 Cookies by Phillipa Vanstone
For the Original-
- 2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
Preheat oven to 375F and grease a 9 x 13 inch pan.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.’
Beat the butter and sugars together with the vanilla extract. Beat in the eggs. Beat in the flour mixture in increments. Fold in the chocolate and butterscotch chips.
Spoon the batter into prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until golden and firm. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and cut into squares. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
For Mocha Variation–
Prepare basic dough, adding 3 tbsp cocoa powder in with the flour and add 1 tbsp instant coffee powder dissolved in 1-2 tbsp coffee liquor into the dough mixture.