Tim Tam Brownies: extra chocolatey brownies with an unexpected crunch, mixed by hand in one bowl. Australia’s Favorite Biscuit, now stateside for all your baking needs!
Once in a while, BzzAgent sends me free items or coupons for things, in exchange for my honest review. I generally keep these off the blog – I’m not here to shill products, and this is a food blog so reviewing shampoo would be kind of pointless, right? But this time around, I was sent cookies to review… more specifically, Tim Tams, deemed “Australia’s most beloved biscuits.” I received one package for free, which we just ate plain. In fact, my husband packed it in his “snack bag” when we went into the hospital for my induction. For the rest of my life, I will associate Tim Tams with the birth of my little boy. Is it weird to have an emotional connection like that to a cookie?
But you know me – I obviously needed to bake something with the Tim Tams. To create a recipe, though, you have to taste a product first to decide how to use it. And, as one might expect… “tasting” turned into eating the entire package over a few days. I think the best way I can describe them is like an oreo-meets-kit kat. It’s a cookie, but it’s also very candy-like. It’s crunchy but crumbles like a cookie, and then dipped in chocolate.
So. While I did receive a box for free in exchange for my opinion, I went back out and purchased 5 more boxes with my own money so I could do a little baking. I did receive several coupons for $0.75 off each package, but Target wouldn’t let me use all the coupons I had at once, so most of the cookies were purchased at full price, out of my own pocket. (Just clarifying this to state that all opinions really are my own, and obviously I liked these because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have gone out and bought them with my own money.)
Since these reminded me a little bit of a crunchy version of an Oreo, I thought they would be a good substitute for oreos in a baking project. I had a lot of ideas (tarts! cheesecakes! mousse! chocolate cream pies!) but, since I’m a mere two-weeks post-partum and have had nothing but complications, I went with easy-peasy, one bowl, mix by hand Tim Tam brownies. My triumphant return to the kitchen was not so triumphant, but who doesn’t like brownies? And even more, who doesn’t like brownies with cookies baked right into them?
I really enjoyed the unexpected crunch the Tim Tams gave to the brownies. It’s like a cookie sandwich except instead of bread, we have brownies, and instead of lunch meat, a Tim Tam. I don’t add any baking soda or baking powder to the brownies, so they don’t have much rise. Instead, the brownie hugs the cookies in a thin layer. Basically – the best sandwich ever. I’ll take a Tim Tam brownie sandwich for lunch today, please!
If you love really soft, thick, fudgy brownies with no extra fuss, I could see how these may not be your cup of tea (or bite of brownie, as the case may be). But if you love a little extra texture and crunch, make some Tim Tam brownies ASAP! While the brownies were definitely delicious, I hope I’ll be feeling up to trying something els with the remaining boxes today or tomorrow. I have a sneaking suspicion there may be even more delicious uses when it comes to Tim Tams!
Tim Tam Brownies: extra chocolatey with an unexpected crunch. Australia’s Favorite Biscuit, now stateside for all your baking needs!
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