CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE BROWNIES – with VIDEO {gluten, dairy, soy & ref. sugar free, peanut free option, paleo}

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These caramel chocolate chip cookie brownies will blow your mind. This flourless dessert is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and yet it is so incredibly decadent. The brownie layer is a fudgy chocolate taste explosion, the chocolate chip cookie layer is buttery and crumbly, and the caramel sauce… pure luscious naughtiness. (Psst, there’s also a video with step-by-step instructions!)

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies {gluten, dairy, soy & refined sugar free, paleo} - These caramel chocolate chip cookie brownies will blow your mind. This flourless dessert is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and yet it is so incredibly decadent. The brownie layer is a fudgy chocolate taste explosion, the chocolate chip cookie layer is buttery and crumbly, and the caramel sauce… pure luscious naughtiness.

You know those ideas that are so insane they are actually brilliant? This recipe is one of them.

I mean, just how insane do you have to be to think to yourself: “I know, I’ll throw together chocolate chip cookies, caramel sauce and brownies, and bake it all in one pan. And, oh why not, let’s make the whole thing flourless and dairy free… and refined sugar free.”

Insanely insane, if you really want to know.

Turns out, I am also crazy enough to actually turn those mad dreams into reality. And although the line between genius and madness is very fine indeed: these caramel chocolate chip cookie brownies lie firmly on the genius side.

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies {gluten, dairy, soy & refined sugar free, paleo} - These caramel chocolate chip cookie brownies will blow your mind. This flourless dessert is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and yet it is so incredibly decadent. The brownie layer is a fudgy chocolate taste explosion, the chocolate chip cookie layer is buttery and crumbly, and the caramel sauce… pure luscious naughtiness.

Yes, the name is a mouthful, but it would be unforgivable to not mention everything that’s going on here. How often can you say that a dessert has luscious caramel sauce sandwiched between a decadent brownie and a super scrumptious chocolate chip cookie?! And how often is it also gluten, dairy and refined sugar free?!

I do honestly believe that it is humanly impossible to make something so luxuriously decadent any healthier. And the thing is – you can’t tell.

You can’t tell that the dense, sweet, crumbly deliciousness that is the chocolate chip cookie layer doesn’t contain flour or butter.

You can’t tell that the luscious, gooey caramel sauce layer doesn’t contain refined sugar, butter and cream.

You can’t tell that the fudgy gooeyness that is the brownie layer doesn’t contain any flour, butter or refined sugar.

What you can tell is that this dessert is AMAZING and mind-blowing and you totally want to eat the whole pan but you will probably go into a food coma if you do (you still want to do it though…).

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies {gluten, dairy, soy & refined sugar free, paleo} - These caramel chocolate chip cookie brownies will blow your mind. This flourless dessert is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and yet it is so incredibly decadent. The brownie layer is a fudgy chocolate taste explosion, the chocolate chip cookie layer is buttery and crumbly, and the caramel sauce… pure luscious naughtiness.

What I also love about this chocolate chip cookie brownies recipe is that the caramel layer doesn’t disappear during baking. What happens way too often with such bakes is that one of the other layers (or both) “absorb” the caramel layer, so there is none of that naughty gooeyness oozing out as you take a piece.

That doesn’t happen here. I have evidence:

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies {gluten, dairy, soy & refined sugar free, paleo} - These caramel chocolate chip cookie brownies will blow your mind. This flourless dessert is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and yet it is so incredibly decadent. The brownie layer is a fudgy chocolate taste explosion, the chocolate chip cookie layer is buttery and crumbly, and the caramel sauce… pure luscious naughtiness.

If you can’t tell, I am ridiculously proud of this recipe. And it’s fully justified. Each part of this dessert is perfection on its own: the brownie is a fudgy chocolate taste explosion, the caramel is absolutely breathtaking and the chocolate chip cookie… whoa.

But together… together, they will leave you speechless.

You know that I often moan about how “free-from” and allergy friendly recipes are totally underrated and unjustly described as bland or boring. Well… now you have the ultimate proof that that’s simply not true. And it’s a yummy proof indeed.

Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies {gluten, dairy, soy & refined sugar free, paleo} - These caramel chocolate chip cookie brownies will blow your mind. This flourless dessert is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and yet it is so incredibly decadent. The brownie layer is a fudgy chocolate taste explosion, the chocolate chip cookie layer is buttery and crumbly, and the caramel sauce… pure luscious naughtiness.
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Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies (Gluten & Dairy Free, Paleo)

These caramel chocolate chip cookie brownies will blow your mind. This flourless dessert is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and yet it is so incredibly decadent. The brownie layer is a fudgy chocolate taste explosion, the chocolate chip cookie layer is buttery and crumbly, and the caramel sauce… pure luscious naughtiness. (You can also watch the VIDEO above for step-by-step instructions!)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 16
Author Kat | The Loopy Whisk

Ingredients

For chocolate chip cookie:

  • 1/4 cup (60 g) coconut oil, not melted
  • 1/4 cup (70 g) natural peanut butter, or almond butter to make it peanut free
  • 1/4 cup (75 g) maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups (200 g) almond flour
  • 1.7 oz (50 g) chopped dairy free dark chocolate

For caramel sauce:

  • 1/2 cup (150 g) maple syrup
  • 1 cup (300 g) honey
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) coconut oil, not melted
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) coconut cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For brownies:

  • 2.6 oz (75 g) dairy free dark chocolate
  • 1/8 cup (32 g) coconut oil, not melted
  • 1/3 cup (35 g) cocoa powder
  • 1/8 cup (38 g) maple syrup or honey (Note 1)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp instant coffee in 3 tbsp hot water (optional, can be replaced by 3 tbsp hot water or almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder

You will also need:

  • 8 x 8 inch square baking tin at least 2 1/2 inch deep
  • cooking thermometer

Instructions

For chocolate chip cookies:

  1. Line the 8 x 8 inch square baking tin with baking/greaseproof paper.
  2. In a bowl, mix together all the chocolate chip cookies ingredients except the chopped chocolate until you get a homogeneous, slightly sticky dough.
  3. Add the chopped dark chocolate and mix well.
  4. Transfer the cookie dough into the lined baking tin and press it down with slightly wet/damp hands until you get an even layer.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.

For caramel sauce:

  1. In a sauce pan, combine the honey and maple syrup.
  2. Cook on medium-high heat until it reaches 130 ºC (266 ºF), or about 12 - 15 minutes. It will start to give off a "caramel-ish" smell, get a bit darker in colour and get more viscous. I recommend using a deep saucepan as the honey-maple syrup mixture tends to bubble/foam quite significantly.
  3. When the mixture reaches 130 ºC (266 ºF), add the coconut oil and stir well until dissolved. Cook for a further 2 - 3 minutes. The sauce may appear to be split, but stirring it vigorously and cooking it for a bit will bring it together.
  4. Add the coconut cream, stir well and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the salt.
  6. Allow the sauce to cool down to warm (but still pourable) before pouring it onto the chilled cookie dough. (You can keep about 1/3 cup of the caramel sauce back for drizzling later on.)
  7. Once poured onto the cookie dough, return to the fridge for at leat 1/2 hour. The caramel sauce will firm up and is therefore less likely to "disappear" by being absorbed into the brownie and/or cookie layers during baking.

For brownies:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175 ºC (350 ºF).
  2. In a bowl above simmering water, melt the chocolate and coconut oil.
  3. Once melted, remove from hat and allow to cool until warm.
  4. Stir in the cocoa powder and maple syrup or honey, and stir well.
  5. Add the eggs and stir well.
  6. Add the vanilla extract, salt and hot coffee and mix until you get a smooth mixture.
  7. Add the almond flour and gluten free baking powder and stir well until you get a homogeneous batter.
  8. Pour the brownie batter on top of the firmed up caramel layer. Smooth out the top with a spoon or spatula.
  9. Bake in the pre-heated oven at 175 ºC (350 ºF) for about 25 minutes or until no longer wobbly in the middle. An inserted toothpick should not come out completely clean, as that would mean that the brownies have been overcooked.
  10. Allow to cool before serving.

Serving:

  1. Enjoy on its own, drizzled with more caramel sauce or with a dollop of ice cream. (If the caramel sauce for drizzling firms up too much to be pourable, re-heat it slightly until it is the desired consistency.)
  2. Enjoy!

Storage:

  1. The caramel chocolate chip cookie dough brownies keep well in a closed container in a cool dry place for 3 - 4 days (if they last for more than a day, I'll eat... a whole tray of them). They can also be kept in the fridge, just take them out about 10 - 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: If you use dairy free sugar free dark chocolate, I recommend increasing the amount of maple syrup or honey in the brownie mixture to 1/3 - 1/2 cup (the precise amount depends on how sweet you want your brownie to be).

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Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies {gluten, dairy, soy & refined sugar free, paleo} - These caramel chocolate chip cookie brownies will blow your mind. This flourless dessert is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, and yet it is so incredibly decadent. The brownie layer is a fudgy chocolate taste explosion, the chocolate chip cookie layer is buttery and crumbly, and the caramel sauce… pure luscious naughtiness.

 

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