I DID get to experiment, and I even took pictures! (Go me!) Okay, so first up we've got gorp cookies. I used a cookie recipe in one of my cookbooks for the base, but altered a bit. It called for fancy, high-quality chocolate chunks and pecans or walnuts or something (no thank you). So I switched those out for regular M&M's, peanuts and raisins. I did take the meat mallet to the M&M's and peanuts to break them up a bit. Here's the final product:
These turned out soft-baked also, so bonus. It's a great combo of sweet, salty, and the texture is fantastic!
Now on to the brownies. Which are probably one of the best idea's I've ever had. I used the standard brownie recipe that I always use. Except this time I made a graham cracker crust first (used the meat mallet again--great stress-relief) and mixed semi-sweet chocolate chips and mini marshmallows into the batter.