Patriotic Cookie and Brownie Crunch

Patriotic Cookie and Brownie Crunch

Adapted from King Arthur
Makes 24 triangles or small rectangles
Author Wendy Sondov themondaybox.com

Ingredients

  • FOR COOKIE CRUNCH:
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon powdered milk
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • FOR BROWNIE CRUNCH:
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon powdered milk
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 3-4 tablespoons sprinkles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites until foamy.
  4. Mix in sugar, cocoa powder (if using), espresso powder (if using), oil, vanilla, and powdered milk.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture and mix until combined. (The batter will resemble cake batter in consistency.)
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the batter onto the prepared baking sheet and use a spatula to spread at thin as possible.
  8. Add sprinkles. (Optional, but who doesn’t love sprinkles?)
  9. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cut into desired shapes but do NOT separate. (For mailing, rectangles travel intact more successfully than triangles.)
  10. Return to oven and bake an additional 5 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before separating cookie pieces. The Crunch crisps as it is cooling. If for any reason the cookies aren’t completely crisp once cool, return them to the oven for a few minutes of extra crisping time.
  12. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for at least 2-3 weeks.

Packing Tips

Rectangle shapes travel better than triangles. Double wrap short stacks of 4 or 5 pieces of Crunch in plastic wrap before placing in airtight containers. Make sure to pack without wiggle room using tissue paper is necessary. Plastic storage containers offer more protection than ziplock bags against breakage.