Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I want to go everywhere I haven't been, and back to everywhere I have been.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Welcome Home "Brookies"

Brookies: All you need are two ingredients for thes  half brownie, half cookies…by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

He's home!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After being away for seven weeks, Junior Goo Shoes is finally home from camp. 

The parents were cheering and clapping as the buses pulled into the parking lot, unaware that on board the buses, the campers were chanting…


Thankfully the bus driver didn't listen, and the kids got off the buses with great big smiles. 

There were lots of hugs all around, and then we were on our way home with Junior Goo Shoes in tow.

Brookies: All you need are two ingredients for thes  half brownie, half cookies…by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Sadie was ecstatic when Junior GS walked in the door. When we left this morning, she seemed all excited, kind of like she knew he was coming home.

Junior GS dropped his stuff all over the front hall.  Yup, he's home.

It took…
1 minute to say, "Where's my phone?'
2 minutes to start texting…
5 minutes to jump on the couch, fire up the laptop and log in to Facebook…
6 minutes to turn on the TV...
30 whole minutes to go downstairs and play X-box...
1 hour to ask "What's to eat"
2 hours to say "I'm bored."

He's home. 

After seven weeks of beefy mac and cheese and bug juice, it is my annual ritual to prepare Junior Goo Shoe's favorite meal for dinner on his first day home. I made steak, home-made macaroni salad and corn-on-the-cob.

And for dessert, I made Brookies:

Half Brownie, Half Cookie.

Brookies: All you need are two ingredients for thes  half brownie, half cookies…by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I'd seen recipes for Brookies floating around Facebook over the summer, and knew it would be something Junior GS would like.  

I found this one from Just A Pinch RecipesNormally, I stay away from mixes, preferring to bake from scratch, but I didn't have the time. 

I bought a roll of Nestle's refrigerated Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie dough, and a box of No-Pudge Brownie Mix. I like that No-Pudge has no fat and no cholesterol.

At least the "br" part is less fattening than the "ookie" part.

It took three tries for me to get these right (no fault of the recipe…my own errors). 

Brookies: All you need are two ingredients for thes  half brownie, half cookies…by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The first time I put too much brownie batter in the muffin tin, and too big a slice of cookie dough. They came out looking a lot like muffins…tasty, but not pretty. Those were the ones I served when Junior GS came home, and he did not complain that they weren't photogenic.

The second time, I got the proportions right, but I forgot to set the timer for the brownie part, so they got a little over-done.  

Third time's a charm, as they say. Now I know what I'm doing. But they still don't look as pretty as the ones on Just A Pinch

Brookies: All you need are two ingredients for thes  half brownie, half cookies…by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Aunt Goo Shoes came over for dinner, and we ate outside, while listening to all of Junior GS' camp stories...  

…like how he climbed Mount Marcy, the highest mountain in NY state (8 miles up 
and 8 miles back):

"The best part was having pizza and soda 
in the lodge when we were done."

Atop Mount Marcy  - Photo by Junior Goo Shoes
Photo by Junior Goo Shoes: At the top of Mount Marcy
...and how he ruined his sunglasses:

"I had this gum -- Big League Chew -- and I blew a giant bubble, 
and Jonathan popped it, and it exploded all over my sunglasses."

We listened, we laughed, we ate.

The Brookies were a hit with Junior Goo Shoes.

After six summers at camp, we were worried that camp might start to lose its magic...

...but Junior Goo Shoes said it was the best summer of his life. 

"I am SO going back next year."

Who could ask for more than that?

Well, maybe another Brookie and a glass of milk would be nice.

Brookies: All you need are two ingredients for thes  half brownie, half cookies…by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

And with that, he headed downstairs to iChat with his camp friends, that he had left only hours ago.

The house feels so good with Junior Goo Shoes back…

Even if his stuff is all over the place.

(Recipe adapted from Just A Pinch Recipes)

1 Box Brownie Mix (I used No-Pudge)

1 Roll Nestle's Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Make brownie mix according to package directions.

Fill muffin tin about 1/3 full with brownie mix.  There should be enough mix to yield 16 (I actually got 17 out of it).

Bake at 350 for 5 minutes.

Slice cookie dough into 16 slices.  Re-shape so that each slice is about 1 1/2 - 1 3/4" in diameter.  

Brookies: All you need are two ingredients for thes  half brownie, half cookies…by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Place the cookie dough slice on top of the brownie. 

Bake for 12 minutes. 

Cool in pan for 5 minutes.  Loosen with knife and remove from pan. Let cool. 


Brookies: All you need are two ingredients for thes  half brownie, half cookies…by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


  1. Did you HAVE to show a close-up picture of those yummy delicious looking brookies???? Gosh, I bet they're good! I have such a sweet tooth anyway. I bet it feels good to have your son back home. Seems like he's been gone so long. At least he loved camp. No guilt there! Your son sounds like mine with the X-Box. As soon as mine gets home from school he gets on it. He is already back in school now. Our summer break ended last week.

  2. They are good, Kelly! Takes all my willpower not to devour them. We will have to go back to our no Xbox during the week rule once school starts in September!

  3. Love your blog. I just followed you and hoping you'll follow back :)

  4. Glad Jr. is home (for Sadie's sake) of course - lol... Those brookies look like something I will have to make very soon. Seriously, what could be better than a chocolate brownie with a chocolate chip cookie on top??? Good thing you didn't invest in super expensive sunglasses - huh :)

    1. The brookies are addicting…the only way they could be better is to make the brownies and the cookies from scratch. Someday I will try that. LOL re the sunglasses!

  5. Those look so delicious! I think I will definitely have to make those...or better yet put my daughter on it. I burn things.

    1. Good idea to have your daughter handle this! Hope she likes them!

  6. yum! and how cute to see how excited you were to have your kiddos home.

  7. Yep, boys will be boys, they make a mess but it is so good to have them back in the home. Your brookies look yummy and I am sure they taste that good too. Have a nice week.

  8. Hi Amy,

    Brookies, cronuts...fusion fabulousness! Yours look delicious, my friend. Kudos to your not giving up on the perfect brookie, even though you probably knew that Junior would gobble them down regardless! Thanks for sharing!


    1. Cronuts! I like that! Always get a laugh from your comments, Poppy!

  9. These look delish - am definitely going to have to try them... Pinned them for future use when my granddaughter is here... she loves to bake...and brownies and chocolate chip cookies are her fave....

  10. Needless to say these look like the most evil little tasty treats I have ever seen. However, I will take two please!

    1. Very evil, Debbie! They are haunting me from inside the freezer!

  11. Oh, this looks amazing -I'll have to give this a try - the kids would LOVE them! Son-in-Law loves brownies and milk! I am so delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

    1. Hi Kathy! Hope your family enjoys them…thanks for hosting H & G!

  12. Wow those brookies look so delish! I really want to try this recipe! I am a die hard fan of the Half Baked ice cream flavor from Ben and Jerry's because it has half cookie dough and half brownie! Thank you so much for sharing your story about your son, (it was funny) and this recipe. P.S. Thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment on my blog! Hope you have the chance to enter in my recent giveaway sponsored by Graphic Image. We're giving away a 2014 leather date book.
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  13. Oh, how delicious looking!! I don't really bake but I might have to try this one. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

  14. Tracy @ Our Simple HomesteadSeptember 3, 2017 at 7:57:00 AM EDT

    I just love brookies!! I can't wait to try your recipe. I have never tried making them in a cupcake pan though. That is such an awesome idea.


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