A dark chocolate chip brownie layer sits atop a sweetened flaked coconut chocolate chip cookie layer in this Brookie Skillet Cookie. Left slightly under baked and served with vanilla ice cream – This Brookie Skillet Cookie is a gooey treat to enjoy whenever you’re in the mood for chocolate!
There are no songs today. Gone. Music as we know it, is gone. I remember when music used to illicit feeling, a sense of awareness. Music elevated your mood or offered new perspective. Music intensified feelings of love or sadness or anger or protest. And today, without music this generation is lost.
Back the day, music ignited passion. It provoked reaction and prompted you to seek information, to pursue change.
That time when Creedence Clearwater Revival exposed how sons of the elite weren’t dying in the Vietnam War in Fortunate Son.
Or When Billy Holiday’s honeyed vocals revealed lynching in Strange Fruit.
And Marvin Gaye melodically demanded we find a way to bring lovin’ and understanding in ‘What’s goin’ on?’
Or when Willie Colon shed light on the AIDS epidemic in the haunting lyrics of El Gran Varon.
And Tracey Chapman demanded when were people gonna rise up and claim what’s theirs in Talkin’ about a Revolution.
When NWA exposed police brutality and racial profiling in Fuck tha Police.
And John Lennon asked us to… Imagine.
When Bob Marley asked to “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery” in Redemption Song.
But there is no song today. No lyrics to encapsulate
- Institutionalized racism
- Police brutality
- Rape culture
- White Privilege
- Blame culture
- Black Live Matter
- Mass incarceration
- War War War
- Global Warming
- Pay inequality
- Prescription drug addiction
- Massive debt
- Absence of compassion and empathy
into one song of awareness. There is no artist capable of it. Yeah, I said it. Up until the late 90’s artists had to ability to bring political and social issues to the forefront using music as a medium of communication. They weren’t afraid of the consequences. There was no backlash. No one had to schedule a press conference to apologize for spitting truth. They had something to say, and they said it. Repercussions be damned. Now an artist gets rich and feels these issues no longer pertain to them. Yeah, I said it.
What the fuck happened? How did we get here? How do we go from highlighting political issues to glorifying ‘The Coco’?
How did we go from lyrics and a hook, to just a hook, which makes no sense, repeated over and over and over again?
Can someone please enlighten me?
Take the wheel!
Let’s talk about this Brookie Skillet Cookie, people.
Flow with me.
Have you heard of skillet cookies? Skillet cookies are giant cookies baked in a… Well, a skillet. My Brookie Skillet Cookie is a double whammy. Its brownie layer set a top a chocolate chip cookie layer. Both layers are left under baked for the gooey max factor. They basically merge into one and it’s a chocolate mess worthy of either eating alone, or sharing with friends. Feel free to add all the add ins your heart desires. I added sweetened flaked coconut because I never tire of coconut and chocolate chips together. Serve warm, with ice cream.
For a symphony in your mouth. For a conga fueled salsa in your taste buds. For a couple of hip hop bars on your tongue.
It’s the only way.
Skillet Cookie, people. Let’s eat this ’till we can get ourselves out of this selfish selfie culture and reach a deeper state of consciousness, like music originally intended.
Brookie Skillet Cookie
- For the brownie batter
- Unsalted butter, cut into cubes - 5 tablespoons
- Light brown sugar, packed - 1/4 cup
- Granulated sugar - 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
- Unsweetened cocoa powder - 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
- Salt - 1/4 teaspoon
- Vanilla extract - 1 1/4 teaspoon
- Egg - 1 large
- All-purpose flour - 1/4 cup, spooned, then leveled
- Milk chocolate chips - 1/4 cup
- For the chocolate chip cookie dough
- Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup (1 stick)
- Coconut sugar - 1/4 cup
- Granulated sugar - 1/4 cup
- Light brown sugar, packed - 1/2 cup
- Egg - 1 large
- Vanilla extract - 1 ½ teaspoon
- All-purpose flour - 1 cup
- Baking powder - 1/4 teaspoon
- Baking soda - 1/4 teaspoon
- Cocoa powder - 1/4 teaspoon
- Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
- Sweetened flaked coconut - 1 1/2 cups
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips - 1 cup
- Milk chocolate chips - 1/2 cup
- Milk chocolate chips for studding on cookie dough
- Vanilla ice cream (for serving, optional)
- Dulce de leche for drizzle (for serving, optional)
Make the brownie batter:
Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a 10" cast iron skillet with cooking spray and set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Remove from heat. Add sugar and cocoa powder. Stir the mixture until completely combined. Add the salt and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Set aside for a minute or so and allow the mixture to cool slightly. Add the egg and stir until the egg is completely incorporated. Add the flour and fold until combined and no flour streaks remain. Set aside while you make the coconut chocolate chip cookie dough.
Make the coconut chocolate chip cookie dough:
Melt butter over medium heat in the 10-inch cast iron skillet. Add the sugars and still until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes together. At first it will seem as if it won't, but keep stirring. Remove the skillet from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for at least 5 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla extract to butter mixture and stir until combined.
Add the egg and vanilla to the cooled butter mixture. Stir until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined. You should see dry bits of flour. Fold in the sweetened flaked coconut and the chocolate chips.
Spread the cookie dough evenly in the skillet. Grab the brownie batter and scoop it into the cookie dough. Swirl lightly, if desired. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cookie dough is golden brown. The skillet cookie should remain under baked.
Remove from the oven. Allow to cool slightly and stud with chocolate chips.
Serve warm or at room temperature with scoops of vanilla ice cream and dulce de leche drizzle.
Coconut chocolate chip cookie dough adapted from Bake or Break
Brownie batter adapted from Dessert for Two