Cookie Batter Brownies

Cookie Batter Brownies by Galilea Morales

Videography and Production by Galilea Morales

St. Mary’s Student Galilea Morales bakes a batch of cookie batter brownies. She also discusses what it is like to live off campus and the challenges that come with that responsibility. She explains her love for food and baking.

1. Cookie brownie mix (Betty Crocker)
2. 1/2 cup of butter
3.  1/2 cup of chopped pecans
4. 1/2 cup of water
5. 1 egg
Baking Instructions
Initial Action= Pre-heat oven to 325 F
1. Pour both batters into separate mixing bowls and add ingredients to each. Then mix
* 3tbs of water, 1/4 cup of butter to cookie batter
* 4 tbs of water, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of butter to brownie batter
2. Layer brownie mix in pan first
3. Scoop round spoonfuls of cookie batter and place them on top of brownie batter.
4. Cook brownies for 30-35 minutes or until done.
*to check if they are done use a toothpick or fork to poke batter see if it is solid or gooey.
If gooey leave in oven for additional 6 minutes

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Brownies

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Brownies
Story and Photos by Nicolas Campana

Cooking in the kitchen with one’s parents is an experience some enjoyed as children; this is the inspiration for Brittany Horak, as she chooses to prepare peanut butter and chocolate chip brownies.

Horak, a junior marketing major from Harlingen, Texas, was attracted to St Mary’s because of the smaller classes.

“I feel as though I have a closer relationship with my professors, rather than having them lecture, and me sit there like a zombie,” she says.

She also notes that the smaller class sizes and student population, gives the campus an overall, friendlier feel.

When not baking, Horak enjoys a variety of foods. One day, she hopes to work for a company in Asia, since she enjoys Asian cuisine such as dim sum, teriyaki chicken and mochi ice cream.

Some of her true favorites though, are BBQ style ribs, fried okra, and squash.

This recipe was chosen out of a reoccurring problem Horak faces–she often has hiccup attacks.

“They last forever, occasionally hurt, and do get annoying,” Horak explains.

Therefore, she always has a jar of peanut butter on hand to combat the hiccups.

Because of this, as well as her love for peanut butter and cooking with her mother, she decided to make a peanut butter brownie that reflects the fun of being in the kitchen with her parents.

“It’s fun learning from my mom, how she learned from her mom, how we continue to bond through our food, and our experiences together.”

Horak advises to add 1/2 c brown sugar if a sweeter brownie is desired.

“Also, if they wanted, they could double the peanut butter added to increase the peanut butter taste,” she says.


  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1/3 c butter, softened
  • 2/3 c white sugar
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Preheat the oven to 350° F. Using cooking spray or vegetable oil, grease a 9 x 9 pan. In a medium bowl, combine and mix softened butter and peanut butter. Gradually add and mix in chocolate chips sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl, and then stir into the rest of the mixture until well blended. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the sides are golden brown. Let cool then cut into 16 pieces.

Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Chocolate Fudge Brownies by Daniel Villarreal
Videography and Production by Emily Scruggs

Daniel Villarreal, a sophomore psychology major, makes his favorite dish: chocolate fudge brownies. An avid baker, Villarreal shares his coveted tip for making the best brownies.


  • 1 pkg. Betty Crocker Classic Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • 1 pkg. Hershey’s syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 9″ x 9″ pan


Pour Betty Crocker mix into a large mixing bowl. Add vegetable oil and water, stirring frequently. Next, add the egg. When mixture is mostly blended, add the Hershey’s syrup and stir until completely blended and smooth. Pour mixture into ungreased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. When a toothpick can be inserted and pulled out clean, the brownies are done. Let cool before serving. Serves nine.