Before we talk about these yummy, chocolaty brownie cookies with sweet and gooey dulce de leche centers I have to admit to something:
Somehow I never really got into Twilight – or any other vampire-themed movies, books or TV shows. I fell asleep when my friend made me watch the first Twilight movie at her house. Oops…
Well, and never was I happier about this fact than yesterday at the movie theater.
Let me trace back a bit. My husband and I are kind of into James Bond. During our first year of marriage we watched ALL of the movies with this handsome British secret agent – from the oldest to the most recent. As a result we were really looking forward to the premiere of Skyfall, the latest Bond movie.
Unfortunately, we ended up being in Laos at the time where there were no movie theaters. Well, maybe they have them, but we didn’t find them and I highly doubt they would’ve played anything in English.
Now back in Thailand we went to the mall on the weekend, together with what seemed like every other resident of Chiang Mai. Going to the mall seems to be a popular weekend pastime in Thailand.
And we were also not the only ones with the brilliant idea of going to the movies. We went there, because they were still playing Skyfall. But most everyone else came for a different movie – the newest Twilight.
Of the 7 screens they have, 6 were showing nothing but Twilight all day long. The 3 other movies they were playing that day all shared one screen throughout the day.
Despite the many screens and playing times the line-up was crazy looong – far beyond the marked and roped section. After waiting in this line for 15 minutes (we hadn’t even moved to the roped section yet) we realized this line was exclusively for Twilight. They had another counter for the 3 other movies with only 3 people lining up. Pheww…
While my husband was getting us some popcorn I observed another aspect of the Twilight craziness. Another Western couple had split up – he went to get tickets, while she lined up at the concession. When she had just received and paid for 2 drinks and popcorn, he came back – empty-handed. There were no more tickets available.
It only could have been Twilight they wanted to see, because there still were empty seats when we watched Skyfall. The two were good sports about it though, and just gave their drinks and popcorn to another couple in the concession line.
FUN FACT: Did you know that popcorn was once banned in movie theaters? Yup!
Needless to say, I had no regrets that we were not watching a movie that everybody else was there for and that we could avoid all that craziness.
Then again, if I had these brownie cookies with dulce de leche centers with me, I probably would have had no problem surviving in the midst of the Twilight frenzy.
- 1 package (19.5 oz.) chocolate brownie mix
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- ½-3/4 cup dulce de leche
- Preheat oven to 350F. Stir together brownie mix , vegetable oil and eggs until well combined. For easier handling refrigerate cookie dough and dulce de leche for at least ½ an hour.
- Place a spoonful of cookie batter onto a lined cookie sheet. Flatten and place 1 teaspoon of dulce de leche on top and top with another spoonful of cookie batter. Press down a little on the sides.
- Bake cookies for 9-14 minutes until edges are set. Shorter time makes chewier cookies. I went for crispy and baked for closer to 14 min.
- Cool cookies on sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to wire rack until fully cooled.