Many of you guys know that I started The Baking Spoon the summer of 2013. Since that summer, I am so proud to say that so much has changed, and for the better of course! From this website to my logo to my business cards to my cake orders, I’ve been a busy baking spoon, especially while balancing this with my academics. Before I was about to lose my last bit of freedom as the dreaded finals week dawned upon me, I decided to do a little giveaway with the students at University of Maryland. And let me tell you. This was probably the best decision I have ever made thus far for The Baking Spoon.
The way I went about this giveaway was quite simple: I made about 60 of these neat Funfetti Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs (which I will be explaining below) and packaged them in my cute truffle boxes. Then I wrote out all the names of UMD’s dorms on slips of paper and put them in one bag, and I wrote out the numbers 1-9 (representing the floor numbers) on more slips of paper and put them in another bag. I randomly picked out eight dorm names and paired them with eight floor numbers. My plan was to visit each of the dorms and corresponding floor, randomly pick a door, and leave the surprise outside their door with their name (UMD’s dorm rooms have names of its residents outside each door). I quietly left the treats outside the door of my randomly selected winner and I also left a card to explain who I am, what I am doing, why I am doing this, as well as what I wanted them to do. I asked them to give me a shoutout by tagging me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with a picture of the evidence once they received the treats. Successfully doing this would result in a special surprise, which I could not tell. Four lucky gals and four dessert-hungry boys were in for a delicious surprise!
Wow, pat on the back for baker Anna! Because all (but one) of my winners all gave me a shoutout (all on instagram, one on twitter) and even posted my picture! I didn’t realize until I got 75+ followers that this was SUCH a great way to market The Baking Spoon. Now more and more people each day are discovering what I do, and I really hope that this will inspire people in a way that will impel individuals towards creative efforts, just like baking has done with me.
Now to get into the details of this recipe! I came across this creation on Domestic Rebel, and I wondered how you could put so much into so little. So of course my curiosity prompted me to click the “print” button and try it out! Pink chocolate drizzled upon more chocolate, which encompasses a thin layer of brownie, which in turn holds a cookie dough core mixed with funfetti cake mix. I know. My sugar levels are unable to handle this at the moment, but it won’t hurt us until we try, right? ;)
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp almond extract
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- 1 ¼ cups yellow or Funfetti cake mix
- Rainbow sprinkles and stars
- 1 pan (13x9") fudge brownies, baked and cooled according to package directions
- Assortment of different colored chocolate (red, blue, yellow, etc.)
- One main chocolate drizzle color of you choice
- First, make your cookie dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter & sugars until creamy. Add the milk & extracts and beat to combine. Add in the flour and cake mix and beat until a soft dough forms. Stir in about 1 cup of sprinkles.
- On a foil-lined baking sheet, roll the cookie dough into approx. 1"-sized balls and place along the sheet. Freeze the cookie dough balls for about 1-2 hours or until firm.
- Cut the pan of brownies into small 1" sized squares. Take a square and gently flatten it with your palm. Place a frozen cookie dough ball in the center of the flattened brownie, then wrap the brownie around the cookie dough ball, sealing any gaps gently with your fingers. You can also roll the brownie bomb in your hand to smooth out any lumps, if needed. Place the brownie-covered cookie dough bombs back on the sheet.
- Prepare your chocolates according to instructions. Dip each brownie bomb into the different colored chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Return to the sheet to harden. Once all the bombs have been dipped in chocolate, melt the chocolate drizzle chocolate color and drizzle it on top of all the bombs. Top immediately with remaining rainbow sprinkles and stars, if desired.