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Happy Mardi Gras! In honor of Fat Tuesday, I’m gonna make you all fat. I devised these bars for my friends so we could have some road trip snacks on the way to Mammoth, and they got devoured. It was almost scary. These are so wonderful and decadent and perfect in every way. They please cookie lovers, brownie lovers, chocolate lovers, and lovers of all things delicious. They’re so beautifully divine that I’m running out of adjectives to describe how luscious and exquisite they are. Seriously, don’t make me pull out a thesaurus and just trust me and make them right now.

Funny anecdote to reinforce how heavenly these are…

Upon tasting one, my friend told me that he would “wife me in a second.” That thought was so horrifying that I almost boycotted my own dessert on the spot, but if you’re looking for a marriage proposal, then this would probably be a good start.

Pick up your jaw and wipe the drool from your chin, and get in your kitchen now. Put on some oversized shades and a nondescript outfit, because your popularity is going to reach such heights that you won’t be able to pump gas or walk your dog without appearing in the next issue of People magazine.

Here we go…

Triple Layer Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookie Dough Bars

Brownie:

1 cup unsalted butter

2 1/4 cups sugar

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 square unsweetened Baker’s chocolate

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. espresso powder

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9″ x 13″ pan.

In a medium-large microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the sugar and stir.

Microwave it again for about another 20 seconds. This makes sure that more of the sugar dissolves.

In a separate smaller bowl, melt the square of chocolate in 15 second intervals until it is smooth. Stir it into the sugar butter mixture.

Add the cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder and vanilla. The espresso powder doesn’t make the brownies taste like coffee, it just intensifies the chocolate flavor.

Whisk in the eggs and stir until smooth.

Add the flour, and then the chocolate chips. You should probably add the flour, then the chocolate chips, but I did it at the same time because I got a little too excited about the chocolate chips. Must have been chocolate wasted…

Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean-ish. Let cool completely while you prepare the cookie dough layer.

Cookie Dough:

3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

6 tbsp. sugar

3 tbsp. milk

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cup flour

1 cup chocolate chips, mini or regular
Cream together the butter and sugars.

Beat in milk and vanilla.

Add the flour.

And then the chocolate chips.

Spread all over the top of the cooled brownies, and put the pan in the fridge while you make the last layer.

Chocolate Layer:

2 cups chocolate chips

2 tbsp. shortening

Melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in the microwave at 30 second intervals until smooth and glossy.

Spread over the cookie dough layer, and refrigerate again until firm.

Cut into squares, take a bite, share them with the world, and hide from the paparazzi.

This is a real good remix of a real good song that you should listen to in the car with your friends on the way to Mammoth while eating these treats.

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