This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies is NOT a brownie with Lucky Charms cereal baked in. Nope, Dorie simply thinks of these as her “lucky charm” because they work so well (have for decades) and “charm” everyone. Dorie says:
The basic recipe is a mix of almonds, sugar, eggs, butter, chocolate and amaretti cookies, crackly puffs imported-from-Italy that manage to bundle the maximum amount of almond flavor into their dainty, featherlight shells. The ingredients are whirred and baked. That’s it. And whether I bake the brownies as a cake or a torte, I serve it plain or glazed or buried under cream, jubilation ensues. That’s the reason I think of these as my Lucky Charm.
Phew. No cereal involved!
If you look at these and wonder “What amaretti cookies are pink?” then I don’t blame you! In fact, I used leftover macaron shells which are, for all intents and purposes, amaretti cookies (almond meal, sugar, egg whites) – maybe a tad less “almond-y” but I knew the consistency would work for these brownies (you blitz the cookies anyway and they are baked into the batter of the brownie). I didn’t have anywhere I could easily procure amaretti cookies closeby (remember, we’re still supposed to be staying home, only going out to buy essentials so I didn’t think a quest for amaretti cookies counted!)
These are SUPER rich and fudgy, rather than cakey brownies. Topped with ganache and more cookies, they are quite the decadent treat! I baked a half batch in an 8-inch loaf tin and it made ten LARGE brownies. I quickly packed them up and organised for porch pickups from gluten free neighbours (but I did have the two ‘end cuts’ myself to taste test them. SO GOOD!
I really enjoyed these and the subtle almond flavour from the macarons was enough for me. Funnily enough I am not a huge fan of things tasting VERY almond-y so these worked. If I had amaretti cookies on hand, and they were leftover, I’d remember this recipe again but not sure I would purchase them specifically.
In the meantime, these are rather a fun take for St Valentine’s, don’t you think?
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Lucky Charm Brownies on p 39 of Dorie’s Cookies!
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