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Speculoos Brownie Cookie Dough Pi(e)

So yesterday was Pi day. For the nerds among us, that’s 3.14… long live the mystery of the magic number =^p; For the dessert-lovers among us, bring on the pie; and for those that are both, it’s just a magical day. =D Anyway, this week a friend of mine asked me to make a dessert for a dinner party she’s hosting. My brief: it had to feature chocolate and speculoos (biscoff). When I asked what she had in mind as far as cookies vs cake vs fudge vs brownies go, she said to make it a combination of all of them – music to my ears.

I took inspiration from Cookies & Cups pretzel crusted peanut butter blondie pie and Brown Eyed Baker’s take 5 candy bar pie and here’s what I came up with – Speculoos Brownie Cookie Dough Pie. It’s a fudgey dark chocolate brownie, littered with chewy speculoos cookie dough balls housed in a speculoos (graham cracker style) crust. And that’s not all! The cookie dough balls have a surprise inside – a piece of white chocolate covered in speculoos spread. And the whole thing is covered with a speculoos ganache. Yes, it’s a calorie-bomb fit for Pi(e) day =) Check out the journey:

Recipe:

Here’s what you need:

Crust:

  • 200g speculoos cookies (the store bought biscuit kind)
  • 150g butter
  • 4 tbs speculoos spread
Cookies (based on Picky Palate’s speculoos cookie recipe):
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup speculoos spread
Brownies (based on Suzanne’s Best Brownie Recipe):
  • 10 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour

Here’s what you do:

Crust:

  1. Heat oven to 160C (325F). Prepare 8in round springform pan.
  2. Use food processor to crush cookies into crumbs
  3. Melt butter and speculoos together (microwave is easiest, but stove works too)
  4. Mix and press into baking paper lined spring form pan
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Prepare cookies.
Cookies:
  1. Cream butter, sugar, and speculoos spread. Add eggs and vanilla, mix to combine.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in small bowl. Add to wet ingredients, combine. Refrigerate dough.
  3. Chop white chocolate and prepare pan or cutting board for freezer.
  4. Take a piece of chocolate and cover it with speculoos spread. Coat your hands with flour. Take a small bit of dough, flatten, and wrap around chocolate. Place ball on prepared sheet. Repeat until you’ve done have the dough. Put sheet in freezer. Put (hopefully now) somewhat cool crust in freezer.
  5. Move on to brownies.
Brownies:
  1. Using double boiler (or microwave, if like me you’re feeling lazy), melt together butter, sugar, salt, and cocoa.
  2. When smooth remove from heat and add eggs one at a time. Add flour and stir 40 strokes with wooden spoon.
  3. Wait for cookies and crust to get good and cold, and while you’re waiting, proceed to bonus.
  4. Good and cold? Done waiting? Pour brownie batter into crust. Place 8 cookie balls equidistantly around the tin (one for each piece). Place a ninth in the centre.
  5. Bake (in oven still on from the crust) for 30-35min. Done when tester comes out just slightly moist.
  6. Heat up a 1/4 cup of speculoos spread, pour over top and let everything cool.
Bonus:
  1. As you may have noticed, you’ve got extra cookie dough balls, extra cookie dough, extra speculoos spread, and extra white chocolate. The beauty of this recipe is that you get two extra desserts for free. You can freeze them and pull them out at a moment’s notice. Last minute potluck? No problem =)
  2. First, grab a ziplock bag and a sharpie. Label as speculoos surprise cookies. Put balls in bag and freeze. Pull out one or a bunch any time you fancy a treat. 12 min @ 160C should do the trick.
  3. Next, you still have half a bowl of cookie dough. Pull out a 8×8 square pan. Line with parchment paper. Press cookie dough into bottom. Throw in left over chopped white chocolate, press into dough. Take leftover speculoos spread, heat (so it’s easier to pour) and drizzle over the top. Stick in freezer for two hours. After that it should be good and hard. Remove from pan and place (still wrapped in parchment paper) in big ziplock bag. Now you have white chocolate speculoos cookie bars to serve at a moment’s notice. 15-20min @ 160 straight out of the freezer =)

Check out your bonuses:

Happy Belated Pi(e) Day! =)

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  7. Crystal (@phatbakes)
    August 23, 2012

    Wow! This is amazing and very creastive! I’ve never had speculoos. Very interesting, though.

    • Jessi
      August 23, 2012

      Thanks. Speculoos is awesome! If it’s not sold in your area to you can get it online from Walmart, Amazon, or Biscoff.com – totally worth it =)

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