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Brookie Bars (Brownie & Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars)

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

When two popular desserts combine and collide, it makes for a decadent family-friendly dessert. These Brownie Cookie Bars are perfect for those times you can’t decide between brownies and chocolate chip cookies!

Two brookie bars stacked on a white plate

Layered Chocolate Chip Brookies

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 ousted those well-loved Nestle Tollhouse cookies from their number one position 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. So I knew my family would approve of these brookie bars with their chocolate chip cookie layer.

Two brookies stacked on a round white plate with chocolate chips

 Brookies: Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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.

My early blog posts were rather pitiful and my children don’t even remember me making these brookies. It was time for these brownie cookie bars to make another appearance in my kitchen! I packaged a few of these up for a trip to Northern Wisconsin at the end of July. After just one bite, my brother-in-law quickly asked, “Are these on the blog?” I bet you’ll get the same reaction!

How to Make Brookie Bars:

After 5 more years of blogging without making another batch of brookies, I was glad to remedy this egregious omission.

  • I went to work making a one-bowl brownie recipe, then spread it evenly in a prepared 9 x 13 pan. Use an offset spatula to help spread the batter to keep the brownies level.
  • The brownie batter was followed by a layer of that old faithful, chocolate chip cookie dough. Take small handfuls of dough and flatten it between your two palms.
  • Place this dough across the surface of the brownies, trying to cover them completely. You can use your fingers or an offset spatula to gently seal the “joints” between the dough pieces.
  • Bake until the surface of the cookies are lightly browned. The insides remain soft and gooey at 30 minutes. It’s as easy as that!
  • PRO-Tip: Carefully press a few more chocolate chips across the top of the brookies after they come out of the oven. This will give a more professional look if you’re sharing these with friends or serving to company.
  • My kids love to gently warm up slices in the microwave to remelt the chocolate chips.

Bill was so thrilled with this dessert that he got a look of panic when I told our oldest he could take a few brookies 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!

4 photos showing how to layer brookie bars

What Are Brookies?

Brookies, as you’ve probably surmised, is a term combining the words brownie and cookies. This version of brookies is made by layering brownies and cookies, but another version of brookies is cookies which are half chocolate dough and half chocolate chip cookie dough. The exact origin of this dessert cannot be verified.

How Do You Store Brookie Bars?

They can be left at room temperature, covered, for up to 3 days. If you have more than you can eat before they get stale, they freeze well. Just make sure they’re placed in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap, then foil. Brookies can be frozen up to 3 months.

Two Sweetie Pies

This recipe is part of a series where I make a recipe from one of my favorite blogs, Hugs & Cookies XOXO. Danielle chooses a recipe from my blog to recreate, too. You can find her original Brookies post and also check to see which of my recipes she selected to make this month!

More of the Best Brownie Recipes:

This recipe was first shared in July 2015. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

Two brookie bars stacked on a white plate

Brookie Bars

Brownies + Chocolate Chip Cookies = Brookies!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 24 bars

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Cookie Layer

  • 10 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 additional egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1⅔ cups flour
  • ¾ teaspoon. baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, plus a few extra to sprinkle on top

Instructions

Spray a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick baking spray or line the pan with non-stick foil. Preheat the oven to 350º.

Stir together the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

Add flour, cocoa, salt, and mix until combined. Spread in prepared pan.

To make the cookie dough layer, beat butter and sugars.

Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

Add dry ingredients and using a wooden spoon, mix until combined. Fold in chips.

Flatten pieces of dough in hands and lay across the brownie layer to cover.

Sprinkle on a few more chips. Bake 30-35 mins.

Cool on a wire rack before cutting.

Notes

Adapted from Hugs & Cookies XOXO

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 303mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 5g

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37 comments on “Brookie Bars (Brownie & Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars)”

  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 😀

  30. Mmmm, looking yummy!!!! I could go for one now with my coffee! ❌⭕️

  31. Wow, those look incredible and keeping the brownie recipe simple makes it far less daunting than having to make two separate desserts! 

  32. Oh I love when two classic recipes are combined in a ‘collaboration’ for new creations; that’s one of the most exciting parts of cooking to me! I don’t bake cookies often (Christmas is exception), and I must admit I haven’t baked a brownies for a couple of years (Which is strange because we do love them!), so this recipe is a great way to catch up on everything:) Needless to say it looks fantastic!

  33. Two of my favorites in one bar! They look insanely delicious!

  34. These look incredible Liz and I loved the name. Two of my favorite things all in one bar!

  35. Love the name of these! And the whole idea. These look incredibly good. Words I use often when commenting on your recipes. 🙂

  36. I’ve never had a Brookie Bar but boy do I want to try one! I bet it’s utterly fantastic served slightly warm with ice cream on top. Yum!!!

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