Restaurant Copycat: Red Dessert Dive’s Debusker

If you can resist the M&M debusker at Red Dessert Dive, you are a robot. The pairing of two classics—a rich dark chocolate brownie smashed up against a butter brown sugar cookie embedded with a cheery smattering of rainbow M&Ms—in a single dessert is not to be passed up at this ridiculously cute dessert haven.

But like most things, the debusker is cheaper and made more easily accessible at home—and good news: it’s an easy recipe to master and with it, thus impress everyone you know. You can swap in your family’s favorite chocolate chip cookie or brownie recipe below, as long as it’s scaled down to a recipe that will yield approximately a dozen (large) cookies or around 16 brownies (approximately an 8×8” pan).

Red Dessert Dive’s Debusker

Yields: 12-16 debuskers


For the cookie layer:

½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 standard (1.69 oz) size bag M&Ms

For the brownie layer:

½ cup (1 stick) butter
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tin with cooking spray.

To make the cookie dough: Cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and M&Ms. Stir dry ingredients into wet, mixing until just combined.

To make the brownies: In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Whisk in the cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder. To assemble: Add a heaping tablespoon of brownie batter to each well of the muffin tin, smoothing the batter evenly across the bottom. Take a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough, flatten into a flat disc, and place on top of brownie batter, smoothing dough towards the edges if needed. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, checking for doneness at 20 minutes and adding additional time as needed until tops are just set (time may vary based on the recipe used and your oven temperature).

Erika Kwee


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