It’s funny how American expats get really excited about the World Cup – by funny, I more mean irony, considering the general American attitude towards soccer. With a few notable exceptions, the US tends to realise shortly before the World Cup that, “that’s right! We do have a soccer team and they’re actually not bad at all!” And yet excitement regarding the World Cup seems to be something that expats really buy into. Perhaps because it’s a way of feeling connected to the larger world, in that people from your home country are actually participating in part of a large community, maybe that you can feel a sense of interconnectedness with the world. Maybe it’s just that enthusiasm (and here in England, they’re not short of enthusiasm) is contagious and while we can’t vote in foreign elections, this is one way in which you can feel the adrenaline and scream yourself hoarse at the telly.
With that in mind, I am definitely an exception to that rule. Perhaps it’s because Beardy Fiance is Irish (it tells you everything you need to know that it’s soccer, rather than football, in Ireland) and they’ve never quite forgiven the “Hand of Frog” goal in 2009, but in our household, we’re a bit of conscientious objectors to World Cup fever. So instead of going out to the pub or attending World Cup parties or staying up to crazy hours in the British summer, I was in the kitchen baking these. And I have to say, I’m fairly convinced it was the better choice.
I loved the idea of this Chips Ahoy line based on ice cream flavours, so I picked up a bunch of flavours (there will be more cleverly stuffed goods to come), but with these mint chip cookies, I opted to keep it simple: brownies with mint chips stuffed with the cookies. Think making such a quintessentially American recipe is wishing the US team good luck? You decide.
Stuffed Mint Chip Brownies (adapted from Allrecipes)
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon mint extract
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 bag of Chips Ahoy Mint Chip Cookies
Put half of the brownie batter on a lined brownie sheet – cover with a layer of cookies.
Bake for about an hour at 350F (until you can put a knife in and it comes out clean.) Be careful, as it is very easy to undercook these brownies!