Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies: Rich, dense, and incredibly gooey, these fudgy cookie brownies are a chocolate lover’s dream!
Calling all dessert-obsessed, chocolate-loving, sweet-fanatics: this recipe is for you.
If you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of chocolate. Two of the simplest desserts, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate brownies will forever be on my top list of favorite desserts. They’re timeless classics full of comfort and warmth. Don’t believe me? Well, have you ever eaten a brownie or cookie and not felt better?
See. I told you. We may all feel a little guilty after eating them, but that’s beside the point. You know that saying “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips?” Yeah, I changed it to “A moment on the lips, a lifetime of happiness.” It really doesn’t rhyme or anything, but some of the best quotes in life aren’t poetry; instead, they have depth and meaning…
And I don’t know what has more meaning than Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies. 😉
These pieces of joy start with brownie batter. I’ll be real with you, boxed brownie mix works fine here. In fact, I really enjoy boxed brownie mix. When you’re in a pinch, grab the good stuff (Betty Crocker or Ghiradelli are my personal favs) and get to baking (which is what I did here because I needed a quick dessert, but I have a great recipe for delicious homemade fudge brownies, which you should probably make. =) ). But, if you have the time, make it from scratch. It sounds more impressive. And it tastes deliciously extra chocolately. And who doesn’t want extra chocolate?
Seconds. Thirds. I’ll take it all.
Okay, so after the brownie batter, which we will discuss later in the recipe, I use my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, which seriously cannot be beat. I am a fan of all chocolate chip cookies (cookies in general) but I firmly do believe my cookie recipe is the best.
I might be biased, but try it. I challenge you to try it and not fall madly in love with it.
Okay, I’m drooling again and I already stuffed my face with them. In fact, I think I might still have a little chocolate on my face.
Anyway, these cookie brownies, aka crownies, aka brookies are incredible because they combine two of the classic, down-home desserts (we went over their timelessness earlier) into one fantastic dessert. Soft, fudgy brownies with perfectly chewy and slightly crisp chocolate chip cookies.
And, if you’re lucky, you’ll have a little extra cookie dough to turn into cookies.
Okay, to give a quick synopsis of how easy these guys are, basically, you make the brownie batter, cook it for 15 minutes, make the cookie dough, add it to the pre-cooked brownies, and finish their baking together for 15 minutes. Easy peasy, right?
This might just become your next go-to dessert! So, grab a glass of milk, bring out your stash of chocolate, and get to baking these bad boys.
- 1 box brownie mix prepared according to box instructions, or my homemade Double Chocolate Fudge Brownie batter (linked below)
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp espresso powder
- 1/2 cup semi- sweet chocolate chips (I used minis for this recipe but you can use regular sized)
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare brownie mix as directed by the box, pour into a greased 11 x 7 pan, and bake for 15 minutes.
While the brownies are baking, in a mixer, cream butter until it is light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Next, add in sugars and cream together with butter.
Lastly, add in egg, vanilla, and salt. Cream.
In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and espresso powder. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mix into wet mix.
Once combined, add in chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
Pull brownies out of the oven and spread cookie dough over the top of the brownies (I typically take some cookie dough, flatten it slightly in my hand, and place it on top of the brownie batter. I repeat until brownie batter is mostly covered)
Put back in the oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out with a few moist crumbs. If the batter is taking too long to cook, and it looks like the cookies are getting overdone, place foil on top of the pan to protect the cookies and keep baking until brownies are done.
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