Accidents either work really well or really bad. There is no in between, at least for me.
These bars turned out really well. And I’m going to tell you my secret for making any failed recipe good. I’m serious. But first, let’s talk a not-so-good accident.
Social media is amazing, however, it becomes a crutch. Bored? Get on Facebook. Wanting to avoid homework? Check out that Twitter feed. Low self esteem? Go stalk your not-so-favorite-person and look at all their bad selfies. Stats going down? Pin like craaaazy. (I can’t believe I just typed that.)
I think every blogger can attest to the fact that there would be no blogging world without social media. I couldn’t exist without it, but there is a fine line between using it and loving it. I feel like I’ve happily jumped the user line to the lover line. I used to always wonder how on earth people could sit and scroll and so for long and I’ve realized, its just because its so easy. It takes no effort at all to turn on the phone or tablet or whatever, but when it comes to turning it off? Whew, the struggle. I’m so programmed to get information and updates instantly and I want to be on top of all things at all times. But have you ever felt sick of the phone? I just wish it could disappear for a day sometimes – I don’t want to see the screen or feel the buttons or hunch my shoulders over the computer ever again. I’m disappointed it took overdoing it these last couple weeks, especially with setting up the blog, to show me that there is a such thing as too much technology (*GASP*) We were not made to be that connected. I love Facebook for keeping up with friends I don’t see very often. But for people I see often? I don’t love it. When I can tell whoever I want what just happened, there isn’t anything to talk about in person. My Mom told me that she had read an article that was talking about how social media is actually unsocial media. When I’m glued to a screen, I’m not enjoying the real live people around me. Technology is amazing and I’m so grateful for it, but, too much of anything is too much.
Which leads into my not-so-good accident … don’t judge, I just got Facebook, so I’ve got to catch up on years of people stalking. I was scrolling through this person’s photos and after I was done, clicked back to my home page, only to see that I had accidently sent them a friend request. Enter panic mode! Like, I don’t even know you, I was just vaguely aquainted with your girlfriend’s sister, ok? COME BACK FRIEND REQUEST!
So yeah, I quickly tried to undo it – I have no idea if it worked or not, but they haven’t accepted which I am A OK with. I’ve actually had some accept a request and I didn’t even I had sent it. Thankfully, I knew who this person was. Am I the only person who has ever done this??
So there you go, my social media blunders exposed! 🙂 And now, for the brownie cookie dough bar expose.
I was making chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for a class party. I was a little rushed, but I had made this recipe before so I felt pretty good about it. The dough was crumbly, but I was like, whatever, it is supposed to be that way. I stuck the cookies in the oven for 10 minutes and after the timer beeped, I looked in and was horrified to see that they had baked up at all. They were not spreading or even holding together. Guess who forgot the egg. *facepalm* Since I was taking these to a party in less than 1o minutes, I had to do some major scrapping.
Enter the cream cheese.
Seriously, have a messed up quick bread recipe? Crumble it and mix it with cream cheese. Botched brownies? Cream cheese to the rescue. Cookies, cakes, it works. So I softened a block of cream cheese, mixed the crumbled cookie dough with it, and pressed it into a pan. Because the cookie dough was hot (350 degrees does that to food) the chocolate chips melted, hence the fudge color. In the recipe below, I had you skip the toasting of the cookie dough and just melt the chocolate chips. However, if you want the full Mary Frances accident effect, go ahead and pop that cookie dough in the oven for 5-10 minutes. I think it adds a nice touch.
The reason these are called brownie cookie dough bars is because they are not brownies. They are cookie dough mixed with cream cheese and melted chocolate chips but they taste like NO BAKE BROWNIES. I didn’t even know there could be such a thing. Really, these taste unlike anything you’ve ever tried – a brownie that has the texture of cookie dough, but still is chocolatey and oaty and yeah, just make it because I don’t know how to describe it. You can’t taste the cream cheese, which was the biggest shocker to me. I had no idea how they were going to turn out because I mixed them up and walked out the door. I also wasn’t going to blog about them because they were an accident, but they received a thumbs up from everyone who tried them and honestly, who doesn’t like thick, chewy, sweet brownie oatmeal cookie dough?
- 1-1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup oil (melted coconut or vegetable)
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 8 oz cream cheese
- Combine oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
- Whisk until ingredients are smooth.
- Melt chocolate chips.
- Pour oil and chocolate chips into mixture.
- Stir cream cheese into cookie dough mixture.
- Press into 8x8 pan and chill for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Cut and serve and enjoy!