Ooey Gooey

Recipe time!

Ever have one of those days where you want to plunge your entire face into a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, chocolate chip cookies or just eating frosting out of the container with a spoon?

Jason had one of those days yesterday (he didn’t tell me this, I only gathered from the events of the day and the level of “grunts” that came out of his mouth instead of words when he called me).

So I took it upon my wifely self to make our favorite dessert. OOEY GOOEY, or as the foodie elites like to call it…Brownie Pudding. Thanks to Barefoot Contessa, I make this concoction once every few months when we just need a pick me up. It’s divine. It’s part brownie, part underbaked cookie, whole amazing. Sometimes I think it’s one of the main reasons Jason married me….it’s THAT good.


  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering the dish
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup good cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean (I use 1 splash of Vanilla extract)
  • 1 tablespoon framboise liqueur, optional (I’ve never used this)
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly butter a 2-quart (9 by 12 by 2-inch) oval baking dish. Melt the 1/2 pound of butter and set aside to cool.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for 5 to 10 minutes, until very thick and light yellow. Meanwhile, sift the cocoa powder and flour together and set aside.

When the egg and sugar mixture is ready, reduce the speed to low and add the vanilla seeds, framboise, if using, and the cocoa powder and flour mixture. Mix only until combined. With mixer still on low, slowly pour in the cooled butter and mix again just until combined.

Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared dish and place it in a larger baking pan. Add enough of the hottest tap water to the pan to come halfway up the side of the dish and bake for exactly 1 hour. A cake tester inserted 2 inches from the side will come out 3/4 clean. The center will appear very under-baked; this dessert is between a brownie and a pudding.

Allow to cool and serve with vanilla ice cream.