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Brookies | An outrageously rich cookie bar with chocolate chip cookie dough baked over brownie batter!

Brookies, Two Desserts in One

Early in my blogging days, I came across a new cookie bar craze. Brookies were created by layering chocolate chip cookie dough over brownie batter for a sure to please dessert!

Brookies - An outrageously rich cookie bar with chocolate chip cookie dough baked over brownie batter!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Fans

By now, my loyal fans know that my family loves chocolate chip cookies. If there is one dessert I’ve made more than any other, it’s those chewy classic cookies packed with chocolate chips, chunks or discs. I had the recipe on the back of Nestle’s chocolate chips memorized within a few months of being married, but I still test nearly all the new chocolate chip cookie recipes I come across.

The Jacques Torres’ recipe that appeared in the New York Times usurped those well loved Nestle Tollhouse cookies and are the recipe I make for special occasions. But that old memorized favorite still comes in handy when I need to whip up a quick batch.

Brookies - An outrageously rich cookie bar with chocolate chip cookie dough baked over brownie batter!

 Brookies: A Double Decker Winner

For ordinary occasions, a batch of brownies or chocolate chip cookie bars will always do. But when trying to come up with a weekday dessert last week, I thought back to those Brookies, the decadent double decker dessert bars, and thought they needed to be revived. In 2010, my blog posts were rather pitiful and my children don’t even remember me making these bars.

That had to be remedied immediately. So I went to work making a one bowl brownie recipe, spread it evenly in a prepared 9 x 13 pan, followed by a layer of that old faithful, Nestles’ Tollhouse cookie dough. Baked until browned, the insides remained soft and gooey at 30 minutes. Bill was so thrilled he got a look of panic in his eyes when I told our oldest he could take a few home with him. If you’d like your bars fully set, go ahead and bake for another 5 minutes. But coming from a gal who would rather eat cookie dough than cookies, I love mine slightly under baked!

For another dessert mashup, check out these Cheesecake Swirl Brownies!

Brookies - An outrageously rich cookie bar with chocolate chip cookie dough baked over brownie batter!

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Brookies - An outrageously rich cookie bar with chocolate chip cookie dough baked over brownie batter!

Brookies, Two Desserts in One

Brownies + Chocolate Chip Cookies = Brookies!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Bar Cookies

Ingredients

For Brownies:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 leggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For chocolate chip dough:

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Spoon onto top of brownie batter. Spread carefully to cover batter.

Instructions

  1. Spray 9 x 13 pan with Pam. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Sift together flour, salt, and cocoa powder; set aside.
  3. Gently melt chocolate and butter in microwave. Mix both sugars into chocolate mixture. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Add eggs to chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined. Add vanilla and stir just to combine. Add flour mixture over chocolate mixture and gently fold flour mixture into chocolate mixture till just combined.
  5. Spread evenly in bottom of prepared pan.
  6. Make chocolate chip cookie dough. With a wooden spoon, mix together butter and sugars till creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla and mix till incorporated. Stir in baking soda, salt then flour. Mix in chocolate chips.
  7. Drop spoonfuls over brownie batter and spread carefully with offset spatula. Smooth surface, then bake for 30-35 minutes.
  8. Cool on rack, then cut into bars to serve.
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29 comments on “Brookies, Two Desserts in One”

  1. Your title is calling me : Double dessert ! And I think, double plaisir!! I’m a cookie fan as your family and this sounds délicieux !!

  2. I really need to make more bar cookies and think these would be a big hit here too:@)

  3. Oh what a great treat! I would like at least one..

  4. First off, we love the name…Secondly, the bars are just so tempting inside and out. Drools everywhere, lol!!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  5. Goodness those look delicious. I think we made something like that in the first round of TWD and they were a hit, I should make these soon as yesterday after the Indians game I sent the boys home with brownies I had made…these would have been a more exciting finish to their day. Next time. Thanks. Oh, and they are always delighted with brownies in any event! 🙂

  6. Such a fun name! I would love to give it a try too.

  7. Oh my goodness – those look delicious Liz!!! I love having these kinds of bars on hand during the summer months for those camping weekends and picnics!

  8. Look delicious Lizzy!! Hugs!!

  9. I love brookies, and I love that yours look so outrageously gooey! Gotta love that 🙂

  10. What a cool idea. I’ve never heard of brookies and I love both chocolate chip cookies and brownies, so I’m sure these will be a hit!. And like you, I prefer my brownies gooey in the center. Can’t wait to make a batch. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I love these! I don’t want to have to choose between a cookie or a brownie, so the brookie is brilliant!

  12. I have never heard of these two-in-one desserts. What a fabulous idea. And like you, I like mine slightly under-done – so much better than dry! I have noticed you are a big fan of both brownies and chocolate chip cookies xx

  13. I’ll never say no to 2 desserts in one 😉

  14. Lizzie,
    Your brookies look fantastic. We are chocolate lovers too. My hubby gets that same look. 😉
    Annamaria

  15. Oh my gosh! Why have I not heard of this before?! I have to make this for all of the chocoholic, brownie loving, chocolate chip cookie lovers in my life. Pinning.

  16. Looks delicious. Pinned!
    Amalia
    xo

  17. I love cookies and I love brownies so this one must be double the pleasure!

  18. These look absolutely perfect, Liz! Love that I can have two desserts in one!

  19. I love the sound of these, does it get much better?!

  20. Brookies!!!! they look so good!!! I can bake again in two days!!!

  21. love the name:) love the idea! Love everything about this dessert. It looks amazing and so darn rich and delicious. Perfect combo of flavor and texture

  22. Never made them but ordered a Brookie once in a chocolate place and what a disappointment. I am sure it was a bad recipe because yours look awesome and I agree just under baked is best.

  23. How delicious these look!! I always the same mistake – visiting your blog after midnight and it’s difficult with all these amazing sweets

  24. Happy news! You won’t approve but I’ve got some free gluten-free products which I can whip up using your recipe. Thank you for the intro to a Brookie, Liz =) You are a terrific teacher of tips and all things yummy!

  25. Yum! I think that these brookies could be my new favorite dessert.

  26. I’ve seen brookie pans but never knew that it could be made in bar form — now I must make them immediately! 🙂

  27. Liz! Thanks for stopping by my blog – I’ve missed you! Wanna know a secret? I don’t like coffee at all but this cake was for John. I’m sure anyone you made it for would love it. I just ate the cake without the frosting & it was delicious. (of course, I love your kahlua bundt cake & have made it several times.)

    This is a winning combination. The Gentleman Bakers call their “Brooksters” and we made them in muffin tins. This method is certainly easier.

    Have a great weekend! xoxo

  28. This is like my most perfect dessert! I adore cookies and brownies and couldn’t imagine anything better! Yours looks absolutely wonderful Liz!

  29. I have never heard of these before what a great idea, the best of both worlds 😀

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