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Fancy Schmancy and Easy Cookie Dough Brownies

Thanks so much to the folks at Pillsbury for sponsoring this post and for providing Pillsbury products for me to have some fun with.

My daughter, Ella, has become very interested in watching cooking shows.  This is a nice change from the usual Monster Jam or Dragon Tales I’m used to watching with her.  Ella’s favorite cooking shows to watch are Barefoot Contessa, she loves herself some Ina Garten, and Giada at Home with Giada De Laurentiis. Her vocabulary has grown suddenly with food related words like “ganache” and “leeks.”

I love that’s she’s interested in cooking.  One of my hobbies is cooking, but since becoming a work at home mom, I haven’t had time to cook the way I used to, with recipes and interesting ingredients.  Ella is always asking me to make the things that she sees Ina and Giada preparing on TV.

“Mama?  We should chop some garlic tonight, don’t you think?” she’ll ask.

“Mama?  A chicken pot pie would be lovely, wouldn’t it?”  Lovely!  I know I’m a gushing mama, but how cute is she!?!

Many afternoons when she’s not at school, Ella asks me if we can bake something together in the kitchen like they do on TV. I barely have time most days to make dinner, let alone bake! It makes me feel like awful to tell her, “No, sorry, I’m too busy.”  But I AM busy. Really busy. Despite wanting to be the mom with cookies and milk waiting for my kids after school, I often get caught up in work and realize in a panic that IT’S TIME TO GO RIGHT THIS SECOND to not be late for school pickup.

Ella doesn’t go to school on Wednesdays and since she’s been so patiently and politely asking to help in the kitchen I decided to carve out some extra time with her to do some baking.  I didn’t have time to make anything from scratch or with ganache, but I found a fancy enough recipe for Cookie Dough Brownies and decided try it out using Pillsbury Classic Fudge Brownie Mix and Pillsbury Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.


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    Oh, you guys! Who needs time-consuming fancy when you can totally pull off boxed-mix-refrigerated-dough fancy? These brownies were super simple to make AND they were unbelievably delicious. Here's what you need to do.
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    1. Follow the directions to prepare the brownies. Pour your brownies in the pan, I used an 8 x 8 inch pan, sprayed with cooking spray.
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    2. Place dollops of the refrigerated cookie dough throughout the brownie batter. Bonus! You'll have plenty of leftover cookie dough to bake cookies with later!
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    3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30ish minutes, or until the cookie dough is lightly golden brown.
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    4. Let them cool on the counter, then cut the brownies using a plastic knife (trust me, plastic knives are THE way to cut brownies). 5. Eat and enjoy. 6. Feel like you really accomplished something important with just a few minutes of effort.
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