Praline Brookies

It’s amazing how a group of friends can find each other. My three good girl friends and I met in three very different ways: Rachel-through the church, Christina-through my old job, and Molly, my beautiful dark-haired salsa dancer amiga at a Halloween party. She was a mouse and I was a cat. We were obviously meant to be friends.

I know that many people have friendships that are older than I have with these ladies, but in the four years that we have all known each other I have been able to rely on them for anything. We’ve all shared countless shopping trips, late night talks while camping, and we’ve cheered each other on during exciting times. I love sharing happy moments with friendship is being able to rely on one another during difficult times.

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Tonight after the wee one goes to bed these three women are coming over and we’re going to paint our toes, drink some wine, and eat. From the outside looking in, it may seem like we’re just hanging out, gossiping, or catching up. But really tonight is going to be about our love for each other and a celebration of our friendship. One of my friends is going through a very rough patch in her life and the rest of us are going to love and nurture her tonight.

I knew that I wanted to have some comfort food here when they showed up, so I baked this dessert to share. It’s the gooey marriage of brownies and cookies and is perfect for a girls night in.

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Praline Brookies
recipe from my mom

Bake at 350 in a greased 9×13 pan.

This is another dessert with multiple layers. It involves a little more effort than my Blackberries and Cream Cheesecake, but the outcome is just as delicious, maybe even more so, if you’re in need of a chocolate fix.

For the first layer mix together:
1 box brownie mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
2 eggs

Then bake this for about 25 minutes while you make the second layer.

Second layer:
1 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 t vanilla

Bring the above ingredients to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for three minutes while stirring constantly. Pour over hot brownies.

Third layer:
1 roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough

Cut the cookie dough into chunks and pat them flat, then place them on top of the second (praline) layer. Bake for an additional 23-28 minutes and let cool completely before cutting. What happens if you cut them while they’re still warm? A hot praline lava, that’s what. It’s both delicious and painful.

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Tell someone you care. Or better yet, make them some dessert and really show them.

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