In honor of them coming I decided to do a little more baking from their books again because their recipes never disappoint. Earlier this month I was in the mood for chocolate and coconut, and when I found the Baked Bars which are also known as Hello Dolly or kitchen sink bars I couldn't resist them. How could you go wrong with chocolate chunks, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, and walnuts surrounded by sweetened condensed milk on top of a coconut and graham cracker crust. They were quite delicious. I normally have a sweet tooth, but the comment in the recipe about these being good in small doses was definitely correct. I think when I make these again I will have to take them to a gathering, cut the recipe in half, or just freeze the other half for later.
For my first recipe from their latest book Baked Elements I decided to bake along with the Baked Sunday Mornings group and make the Brooksters. I didn't have time to finish mine until Monday night, but I'm hoping to participate a little more in the future (after I get through my son's first birthday party because that is going to take most of my time over the next week). So, this recipe combines two of my favorite desserts - chocolate chip cookies and brownies. It's simple to make but does require a bit of planning because both the cookie and brownie dough have to cool for at least 3 hours prior to baking them. I actually started making the dough Sunday afternoon after the book signing but didn't get to finish them until the next day. Fortunately I knew there would be extra cookie dough so I threw a half dozen in the oven for my husband and I for Sunday night dessert. The recipe has two options for baking these either in their special Brookster pan that William Sonoma carries or a muffin pan. I opted for the muffin pan because I just can't see paying $20 for a single purpose baking pan (at least not anymore). If I make these again I would probably try making them in mini muffin pans instead because like the Baked bar these are also very rich. They were very good and even better heated with a little vanilla ice cream, but like so many other bloggers commented I think I still like brownies and chocolate chip cookies on their own a little more.