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!
Double Chocolate Chip Bars
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 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.
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I can’t believe you just kept on teaching with a nosebleed! That’s dedication right there! 🙂 These bars look fantastic – anytime you combine two awesome things like chocolate chip cookies and brownies you can’t really go wrong. Pinned!
Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. recently posted…Pretzel Peanut Butter Eggs
Thanks for pinning, Stacey! Honestly, I think I kept teaching because I wasn’t sure what else to do…
You’re a trooper, Mir! When I was student teaching, I came in during the worst sinus infection of my life. The students were so sweet and tried not to laugh at my funny sounding voice. The bloodshed could’ve been a visual aid for the end of the Great Gatsby, I suppose. Haha. These brookies are amazing. I’ve never combined the two desserts, but know I have to. I’ll be thinking about them all day.
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg recently posted…Cilantro Vodka Limeade
I love being sick with students. They’re usually surprisingly thoughtful about being kind to you when you’re not well. You know, because you’ll get back at them later if they’re not. 🙂 You’re right, though, about bloodshed and Gatsby! Perfect!
I’m very clumsy so I can definitely relate! But I’m impressed that you kept on teaching with a nosebleed! These bars look like just the dessert to make you forget about that. Anything with double the chocolate is a winner in my book. Have a great weekend, friend!
Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted…20+ Slow Cooker Recipes
You too, Gayle! I am SO clumsy. I guess it’s just one of those things…
Funny story: when I was in 8th grade, I took two classes at Whitman, and tried my hardest to be really cool and fit in with all the high schoolers. On the first day of second semester, in my new Algebra 2 class, I had a nosebleed all over my desk. And to make things worse, since blood is some sort of biohazard, they had to leave the desk there until building services could clean it with the proper materials. My dignity flew out the window pretty quickly!
These look amazing, love alllllll the chocolate 🙂
Medha @ Whisk & Shout recently posted…Rainbow Soba Salad
Oh, NO! Were you always that girl who bled on the desk after that? You poor thing!!!
I get nose bleeds often and I’m a major clutz, so I can completely relate. I admire you for handling the situation like a champ in front of your students. These brownie cookie bars are genius might I add. The perfect way to recover from such situations. Enjoy your Friday!
Jen @ Baked by an Introvert recently posted…70 Fun Easter Desserts
Thanks, Jen! I’ve kind of lost all of my pride by now. My students constantly watch me embarrass myself. Oh, well!
Mir, oh my gawd!!! I’m so sorry to hear that. . I would have probably done the same thing .. kept teaching. . how old are your students? if they are young, they will forget soon enough! love these double chocolate chip bars!!! Pinned. . so hope you get some re-pin action today! Cheers!!! and happy weekend!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom recently posted…Korean Style Cauliflower Rice
I teach high school, Alice, so they love to mock me! But I’m okay with that. 🙂
Thanks for pinning. You are a doll! Happy weekend!
So sorry Mir, but I would probably do the same thing! These cookie bars look awesome! Pinned of course!
mira recently posted…Quinoa Salad With Snap Peas Radishes and Carrots
Thanks so much, Mira! It was actually kind of funny, once I had my tissues. Live and learn!
Oh my gosh! And that, my friend is why I am a blogger and not a school teacher. Certainly there would be a blood gushing story of some kind daily for me and I would in no way handle it as gracefully as you. I love these! Pinning them!
Lisa @ Wine & Glue recently posted…Breakfast Casseroles!
That’s hilarious, Lisa. I’m sure you wouldn’t be gushing every day. Maybe just once a week? 🙂 Thanks for pinning!
Mir, I hope you are okay, I mean the nose bleed? Please take care 🙂 The bars look fantastic , double the chocolate is always welcome!
Manali @ CookWithManali recently posted…Mediterranean Lentil Soup with Kale
Aww, so sweet, Manali! I’m totally fine. Just vaguely humiliated. 😉
Because one chocolate truly isnt enought, double is always better. And this is totally looking delicious!!
Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel recently posted…Chocolate and Marble Cake Party Platter
Thanks, Kelsey! More chocolate is always better. ALWAYS.
Oh no! Hope you’re okay! I’m loving the flavours here! Gorgeous photographs too. Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Thanks so much! I’m totally fine. Just a weird blip, I guess!
Oh my gosh!! Why is it that nosebleeds are never noticeable to oneself? I have that problem too. These bars. OMG they look gooey and perfect!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted…Chocolate Monkey Bread
Maybe because they don’t hurt? But it’s always kind of humiliating. I feel like I’m a grubby 5 year-old! Thanks, Dorothy!
Oh no! I get nose bleeds like that too and they just come from nowhere. Well done for carrying on though.
These chocolate chip bars would definitely make me feel better.
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy recently posted…Comment on 10 Minute Chickpea and Spinach Curry by Dannii
When in doubt, carry on! Or something like that. There’s a song like that, I think…thanks, Dannii!
I’m not sure I would have been able to carry on with a nose bleed…major props to you for keeping your cool. My youngest gets them all the time too for no reason, so I am used to handling him. Not sure I would do well with myself though! And these bars? Holy yum! Why have just one dessert when you can mash two into an awesome bar! Love it!
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted…BruCrew Goes Carnival Cruising
Mashups are where it’s at. I don’t know what we did before mashups! It’s been so long since I’ve just had a brownie, Jocelyn!