Macadamia White Chocolate Chunk Crusted Brownies

Monkey see, monkey do, Katrina made brownies and I did too.

brownies with a macadamia cookie crust

I didn’t want to be too big of a copy cat, though. So instead of using Katrina’s recipe, I halved it, nixed the ganache, and added a base of white chocolate chunk macadamia cookie using some refrigerated dough.

brownie batter

I wasn’t sure the experiment would work or whether I should bake the base first then add the brownies, but I was having fun experimenting and decided to just throw it all in and bake it at once. The results were shiny topped chocolate fudge brownies with a crunchy crust of macadamia nut & white chip cookies.

Macadamia White Chip Crusted Brownies

6 squares of refrigerated Nestle Ultimate White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Cookie dough
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 large cold egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cups all-purpose flour (80 grams)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon unsweetened natural cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 inch square pan with non-stick foil. Press the six squares of cookie dough into pan to bake a crust.

Melt the butter in a large microwave-safe mixing bowl. Add both sugars to the hot melted butter, then whisk in the water, cold egg and vanilla.

In another bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir the dry ingredients in with the wet until combined. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. And bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out relatively clean (no batter). As soon as the hot brownies come out of the oven, lightly press some M&Ms on the top. Remove to wire rack to cool. Transfer to the refrigerator to continue cooling and chilling. When very cold, lift brownies from pan, set on a cutting board and score into 16 squares.

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  1. says

    isn’t it like nuclear hot where you are? how are you handling the heat? we get what you had tomorrow. bad heatwave coming with high humidity. did you get humidity?

  2. says

    This sounds like a fantastic combo! Remember just a week or so ago when you were wishing you could send some heat our way? It worked. It was over 100 degrees F here today!

  3. Shannon in Canada says

    Soooo, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and brownies are probably 2 of my most favourite desserts. How could this be anything but perfect! It will be a must try this weekend for sure!

  4. says

    Creative genius at work! Would you rather have the cookies, the brownies, or were they better together? Apparently the hot weather has not scrambled your brains!!! It almost scrambled mine today. 102 degrees in the afternoon in Minneapolis.

  5. says

    Too funny—Monkey see, monkey do. I do love the cookie crust idea. We’ve all seen the brownies with ccc on top, but I’m not sure I’ve seen cookie then brownie.
    Brilliant that your M&M’s on top match the cookie dough bag! 😉

  6. says

    You made me think of another brownie “crust”. What about peanut butter cookie dough on the bottom? Yum too! I too would like to know if not prebaking the crust worked out.

  7. says

    What a great idea to use a cookie base! I would love to try these with a peanut butter cookie base :).

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