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Cookie Dough Lovers Unite!

Raise your hand if you've ever eaten raw cookie dough. Pretty much everyone, I see. Now, raise your hand if you've ever gotten sick or died from eating raw cookie dough. Uh huh. I thought so.

I'm sure someone somewhere did, in fact, get sick from eating cookie dough and therefore the FDA felt the need to put the fear of God into every child and adult left standing about the dangers of dying from indulging in it. Okay, so maybe you won't actually die, but you'll spend a great deal of time being sick and wishing you could just die and get it over with. I grew up eating the stuff straight from the bowl and look how well I turned out. Tick. Twitch. Shudder.

For those of you rule followers who've heeded the warnings and never known the absolute pleasure of eating the ooey, gooey sweet chocolate goodness in its raw form, do I have a treat for you today! Originally shared with me by my friend Liz over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake, these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies are seriously way over the top. They start out with a chocolate brownie layer, end with a layer of rich chocolate ganache, and the best part about the whole deal is the middle layer ~ cookie dough that is totally safe to eat because there are no raw eggs. If you eat this straight from the bowl, you may be a little put off by the granular texture of the dough but once it's incorporated with the other layers, you won't even notice it. The graininess comes from the fact that there are no eggs to "smooth out" and blend the sugars in the dough. Even still, I ate my fair share before I layered it onto the brownies.

I can attest to the fact that if you eat one of these chocolately, sugar loaded treats for breakfast, you will not only clear off nearly 8 hours worth of office work from your desk in just under 4 hours, but you will also go home on your lunch break and clean the entire house and still have 15 minutes to spare to eat your lunch. Talk about a sugar rush but oh, so worth it!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
adapted from Recipe Girl and shared by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Brownie layer:
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour

Cookie dough layer:
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Ganache topping:
6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup cream

Preheat oven to 325ยบ. Grease 9 x 13 pan and line with parchment paper lengthwise with a slight overhang on each side. Grease parchment. Set aside.

Make brownie layer. Melt chocolate in the microwave using 30 second increments, stirring until melted and smooth. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and brown sugar till well mixed. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix in melted chocolate. Stir in flour; don't over mix. Spread into prepared pan. Bake 25-35 minutes or till toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.

Make cookie dough. With an electric mixer combine butter and both sugars. Mix in milk and vanilla; stir in flour. Add chocolate chips and mix to combine. Spread over cooled brownie layer. Cool till firm (can freeze to hurry along process).

Make ganache. Melt remaining chocolate and cream together in microwave, stopping at 30 second intervals to stir till smooth and chocolate is melted. Spread over dough layer. Chill for easier cutting. You may pull the whole batch out with the parchment to cut or just cut pieces from pan.

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