Tuesday, February 22

Brownie Cookies from Debby Maugans's Book, Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers


Whether you live alone, are watching your calories, or simply don't want to bake a batch of 48 cookies when all you really want is one or two, you should consider treating yourself to a copy of Debby Maugans's cookbook, Small Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers, a scrumptious follow-up to her successful 2004 cookbook, Small Batch Baking.

Before delving into 100+ enticing recipes for cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, tarts, puddings and scones, Maugans shares many useful tips for successful baking. She teaches you how to properly measure and store ingredients, how to use your traditional bakeware for small-batch baking and even how to recycle cans into baking tins. Yes, she bakes lovely little cakes in cans and encourages you to do the same.

Maugans doesn't simply take traditional dessert recipes and halve or quarter them. She presents meticulously calculated recipes with measurements such as "1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour" and "1 tablespoon well-beaten egg." (Keep in mind that if you've never done small-batch baking, you'll have to get used to working with these pared down measurements and to storing leftover ingredients in the fridge.)

Chocolate purists will take comfort in classic recipes such as Chocolate Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Cherry Bread, while daring chocolate seekers will revel in Maugans's inspired White Chocolate Lemon Creme Brulee and Superrich Coconut Cream Hot Chocolate. Despite the recipes' tantalizing names, most chocolate lovers will wish that the book had more photos. (There are 16 color photos in total.)

brownie cookies

So far I have made three recipes from Maugans's book and am smitten with her crackly-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside Brownie Cookies. Think of them as the love child of brownies and chocolate chip cookies. I don't need to tell you that they should washed down with a tall glass of milk.

As Maugans says, with this book in your kitchen, "There will be no leftovers to lure you into overindulging, but you may be tempted to bake a different chocolate treat every day."


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Brownie Cookies
Makes 7 cookies
Printable recipe.

2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon well-beaten egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

Place the chocolate and butter in a medium, microwave-safe bowl; microwave on medium power until soft, about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Stir in the brown sugar; whisk in the egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt until well blended. Stir in the flour. Cover and refrigerate until the dough is firm, about 30 minutes.

Spoon the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Bake until the cookies have puffed them flattened, about 14 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

You can buy Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers (St. Martin's Press, 2011) online or wherever books are sold. In full disclosure, this review copy was gratis from the publisher.

69 comments:

Haden News said...

What a great book!! I love the idea of only making a "small batch" of something!!! I will be making these cookies soon. Thanks for the chance at this giveway too:)

sue22655 said...

This sounds lovely. And for me, a single person, it sounds perfect!

sue22655 said...

This sounds lovely. And for me, a single person, most desirable.

karen day said...

For a devout chocolate lover, this book would be fantastic!

Michelle said...

I am the chocolate lover in the house, and it would be so nice to make smaller batches of delicious treats for myself - so I do not feel inclined to eat it all!!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I have Debby's original "Small-Batch" baking book and have found it very useful. As a single person, it's nice to have the option for a sweet treat, without having to back a massive batch. I'd love to see her take on chocolate.

Beth S. said...

This sounds like my kind of book!

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Malia said...

These look yummy. I love the idea of a small batch cookbook. My husband and I could easily (and guiltily) finish off a regular batch of anything with chocolate! Thanks for the chance.

Betty Ann Q. said...

Susan,this recipe is absolutely choco-licious! YUM! You have just made me crave for chocolates at breakfast, after reading your post. Thanks for sharing.Can't wait to try this & even better, will run out to get a copy of the book!

Jacqueline said...

What a great idea, although I don't think it would go down well at my work or my husbands, who share the goodies I make.

The cookies look lovely, but it is strange looking at those small quantities of ingredients :)

Jean P. said...

Mother of mercy, my prayers have been answered. I thought I might have to swear off sweets in my struggle to be svelte (it is easier by far for me to NOT eat cookies than to eat them one at a time from a large bag or batch). I have to laugh at my girlfriend who reminds me that Mrs. Freshly's cakes are "individually wrapped." As if that would stop me. Small-batch baking was conceived with me in mind. A million thanks to dear Debby Maugan.

Diane T said...

Haven't tried them yet but for sure I will make a batch for company tonight. I am buying a book for my niece who is a chocoholic. She lives for chocolate and these cookies will satisfy here love of brownies and cookies ll in one. Yummy!!!! Diane

Diane T said...

Haven't made these yet, but tonight is the night and I am buying a book for my niece who is the ultimate chocoholic. Thanks Debby for making it a small batch recipe. I now can finish them before they get stale..ho, ho, ho (that is unlikely to happen). Yummy!!!!! Diane

Anna said...

This is such a great idea! I usually end up baking a whole batch and then taking the leftovers to work.

CopyCat said...

would love the book :D thanks for the recipe :D

Simona said...

The recipe looks really good and I am intrigued by the idea of small-batch baking. I actually did something similar just yesterday, making 1/4 of a recipe that produces a huge number of cookies. Hope all is well with you, Susan.

Dawn S said...

I am definitely trying the cookie recipe! Sounds yummy!

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Anonymous said...

I could use a book like this. I either waste food or eat too much of it.

marcia at Twenty by Sixty said...

Since I often cook for one, I find myself avoiding baking, even though I've always loved it-- having that much sweet stuff in front of me is way too dangerous! This sounds like the perfect answer. I'm so glad you wrote about this book! I'll check out her earlier book as well. Thanks!

Shana said...

Lovely idea! I'm curious to leaf through her previous cookbook too.

emily said...

this sounds right up my alley!

Roxan said...

Small batch baking? that's ingenious! So often I want to bake, but don't because I know there's no way we'll get through a whole batch of whatever it is that i'm making. I do hope to win this!!!

Leanne said...

Brownie cookies sound like the best of both worlds to me.. chewy and moist and chocolatey.

Susie Bee on Maui said...

Great idea for a book.
Cookies look delish!

LC said...

This is the perfect kitchen bible for my small family-of-two, and I like the idea of daily baking a small batch of treats.

Lori said...

Yummy! I have read her other book, but this one sounds yummy, too!

Joanne said...

This book is perfect for those of us single ladies who happen to crave intense amounts of chocolate at approximately the same time every month...if you know what I mean. And it seems way less debilitating to consume 7 cookies than 48. Thanks for the review!

Rosemary said...

If it's chewy and moist (and chocolatey) then I've got to have it -- and the book. Small-batching would be perfect for an emty nest household when the sweet tooth needs fed!

Abby said...

What a great idea for a book! ANd the cookies look wonderful.

Ria Mathew said...

This is the kind of book that I really love! It's perfect to try out things on a regular basis without dumpin a.k.a sharing the excessive amount of left over cookies on your neighbours :)

Beautiful review,Susan! Would love to win this book!

Nicole said...

I have been looking at purchasing this one. Your review might have sent me over the edge. I love the concept, and these cookies....

rscottsdale1 said...

Those cookies sound terrific. I will make them after all the cake that my husband just baked is gone. (don't get excited. he bakes from the box!)

Lea said...

Brownie cookies look great!

Sue said...

My husband is a chocolate lover, but its just the two of us so this book sounds wonderful. The cookies look delish...on my list to bake.

Jennifurla said...

I love recipes like that, everything looks great in this book. Enter me please!

Patty said...

OMG...it is like baking for an easy bake oven...I want to make the cake on the cover...the cookies look delicious.

Laurel said...

I love that I can make a great dessert with a serving for everyone, leaving no midnight snacks! (There are six of us!)

Parsley Sage said...

Brilliant idea! If there are sweets in the fridge they instantly migrate to my mouth. Smaller batches would make me behave much more reasonably :)

Thanks for sharing the recipes. Looks super tasty!

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debra said...

I love the idea of a recipe that makes 7 cookies. Enough to share; not enough to gorge!

booksncooks said...

Those cookies look good, and I love the idea of the cookbook. I'm always looking for desserts for 2-4 people

Cara said...

This book sounds perfect for me! I love my goodies, but hardly ever make any because it's just the two of, and my waistline can't afford those indulgences for days on end (and, I don't love my coworkers enough to bring them batches and batches of cookies, ha!)

magpie said...

Please pick me! I have a chocolate addiction!

Sarah said...

It's just me and my boyfriend, so a small batch baking book would be perfect for the two of us.

Kim said...

These cookies were so good. I had a friend over for tea and made these cookies this afternoon. An easy recipe and my dog loved the leftover beaten egg.

ThatGirlRuns said...

I love itty bitty portions so this cookbook is right up my alley!

homegrown countrygirl said...

Debby Maugans must be a genius! Thank you, Susan, for introducing us to her book!

Sarah Jane said...

Finally
Just what I've always wanted!

Nupur said...

The brownie cookies look oh so good. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

alexis said...

What a great concept! I wonder if she's considered the benefits of baking by weight? It would make scaling the recipes down super easy! Those cookies look awesome, I think I'll have to make some gluten free tonight!

leslie said...

I can't wait to see this book. Eating chocolate is a must, as is eating in moderation. This book will be a valuable addition to the cookbook shelf!

Dextery said...

These look lovely!

I sometimes make a mini-chocolate cake for my boyfriend and I, just to avoid to overindulge with the leftovers. I should check out this book for more inspiration!

Kathy~Sweet Bird Designs said...

I like to bake sweets in small batches (otherwise I end up eating the whole batch). What a great cookie recipe and book!

Amanda said...

I love chocolate. I live alone. That book would be fabulous for me (though coworkers might miss me sharing my goodies!).

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful book for an elderly cookie-loving couple to have. I am posting this on Facebook.

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The Wic said...

Book looks good and so does the recipe for the brownie cookies, yum!

Johnny Pappas said...

Interesting way to promote your blog and this great cookbook. Thanks for the post.

The Food Hunter said...

this book is perfect. It's just my husband and I and I am always scaling back recipes to make us smaller portions. This is on my want list.

Sarah said...

This cookbook is a dream come true!! Such a great way to enjoy dessert without having the rest of the batch staring you in the face!!!

Tracy said...

I love chocolate but have a tendency to eat too much. I would looovvve this cookbook.

Sarah Jane said...

Finally, just what I always wanted.
Chocolate recipes in just the right batch size. Thank you for the heads-up on this book

Claire said...

Great book idea! I'd love to own a copy!

grace said...

i like my brownies cookie-like and my cookies brownie-like, so these are clearly winners for me!

Eliza said...

If you're a true chocolate-freak, you NEED this book because if you DO make full batches, you're quite likely to lose all control and scarf the entire thing!

I'm on my way to the book store. Right. Now.

Jess said...

So delicious looking...and I'm sure tasting! Way to go!

Andrea said...

I would love to win this cookbook!

Kimberly said...

The idea of made chocolate just sound so delicious, I'll try the chocolate trick next time.

Eva said...

I will be making these cookies for this saturday's girls night :)

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