Nosebleeds can really interfere with your dignity.
I was teaching yesterday when all of my students started giving me this funny look. It took me a second longer to realize that blood was freely gushing out of my nose (I’m a very enthusiastic bleeder). Like the cool teacher I am, I grabbed the tissues and kept on talking about Nick and Gatsby and Daisy. But honestly, with literal blood on my hands, I don’t think I recovered very well. There went that class. I’ll do better next time.
Honestly, I have very little dignity left. I fall down a lot, sometimes when I’m not even walking. I’ve collapsed in front of students for no other reason than a wobbly knee. And I’ve had wardrobe malfunctions while teaching. Embarrassing ones, believe you me.
A long time ago, I just figured that if I was going to fail so spectacularly and so publicly, I might as well go for broke in all areas of my life. Which explains my extreme dessert philosophy, of course. Why decide between brownies or cookies when you can have brookies? Chocolate chip ones, to be exact?
I didn’t call these brookies, even though that’s what they are. We’ve got a layer of fudgy brownies, full of chocolate chips, and a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough. Simple. Classic. Gone.
Yep, people like classic sometimes. Turns out nothing is quite so irresistible as a brownie or a chocolate chip cookie. Put them together and people’s faces light up. I like seeing lit up faces. Makes my heart all warm and gooey like a chocolate chip in the oven.
That’s it for fun similes, but I’m not quite done with my musings on dignity. Somewhere along the line, we develop both inhibitions and restraint, and with that comes the fear of looking stupid. Well, guess what? You’re going to look stupid at some point, so you might as well embrace your humanity and get over yourself.
Come to think of it, I hope my students get over the sight of me, bloodied but unbowed, trying to continue class while pinching at my nose with a school-issued flimsy tissue. I certainly have. And I intend to fill the time eating brownies, not being embarrassed. Or if I’m really lucky? Brookies!
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line an 8 X 8 pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cocoa into the melted butter until it dissolves. Add the sugar and stir again. When the sugar is incorporated, mix in the vanilla and eggs. Add the salt and flour, mixing until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spread the brownie batter in the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until mostly, but not all done.
- While that's happening, make the top layer. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg, beating again until smooth.
- Beat in the dry ingredients until a cookie dough has formed. By hand, fold in the chocolate chips.
- After the initial brownie baking time, carefully spread the cookie dough on top of the partially baked brownies. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes until golden.
- Cool and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.