You can enjoy a fudgy brownie and a chewy chocolate chip cookie with each bite of these awesome, scrumptious Brookies!

three brookies stacked on top of each other

 

Homemade Brookies Recipe

Hey peeps! It’s Melanie here from Garnish & Glaze to once again share an awesome recipe with you — Brookies! My go-to treat is usually brownies or cookie bars because they both are quick and easy to throw together and well loved by all. Sometimes I have a hard time deciding which one I want to eat more. Solution? Brookies! AKA cookie brownie bars. 

This Brookie recipe features a rich chocolate fudge brownie base and soft chewy cookie on top. You can’t go wrong with these babies! Plus, making Brookies as bars is way easier than forming them into cookies and cooking in batches.

Yes, you have to dirty two bowls and spend the time making both the batter and dough, but that means you get to lick two bowls clean! Brownie batter is my weakness! I purposefully fail to scrape the bowl clean so I have more to lick. And cookie dough? I’m pretty sure I eat at least a whole cookie’s (maybe two) worth of cookie dough each time I make cookies. Man, pregnancy was hard! What I do for my children.

brookies laying on striped blue and white towel

 Brookies Ingredients

Like I’ve already mentioned, there are two key parts of this Brookie recipe: the brownie base and the cookie topping. For the brownies, you’ll need sugar, cocoa powder, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, and salt. 

And for the chocolate chip cookie layer, you’ll need butter, brown and white sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips. 

Since you do have to dirty a few extra dishes to make the two layers of deliciousness, I wanted to keep the ingredients list as simple as possible. Brookies are a fun treat all on their own, so I didn’t see the need to go crazy with the individual layers. 

pan of brookies with glass of milk

How to Make Brookies

The beauty of these cookie brownie bars is that both layers are baked at the same time, meaning once you’ve prepped the brownie batter and cookie dough, all you have to do is throw it all into the oven and be patient! Here’s the basic rundown of how to make brookies from scratch: 

  1. Mix together the brownie batter and spread it into a greased 9×13-inch pan. 
  2. Make the chocolate chip cookie dough and gently drop spoonfuls of it onto the brownie batter layer. 
  3. Flatten the cookie dough carefully over the brownie batter. 
  4. Bake for around 35 minutes, or until the chocolate chip cookie layer is golden. 

How to Tell When Brookies Are Done

Insert a toothpick in the center of the brookies. For fudgy brookies, you should see a few crumbs stuck to the toothpick. For cakey brookies, the toothpick should come out clean.

cookie brownie bars on striped towel next to glass of milk

Can I Add Mix-Ins to the Cookie Dough? 

I’ve never made brookies with mix-ins besides chocolate chips, but I don’t see why you couldn’t add more in! Chopped nuts would be a great addition to these cookie brownie bars, as would crushed candy bars, Reese’s Pieces, crushed Oreos, M&M’s, and butterscotch chips. 

Can I Freeze Brookies? 

Yes, but to make your life easier you should slice the brookies and freeze them individually. To do so, place the sliced brookies on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Place it in the freezer, and once the brookies are frozen you can remove them from the pan and seal them in a freezer bag.

Tips for Making Brookies

When assembling the brookies, it’s important that you don’t accidentally push the cookie dough down into the brownie batter. You want to create two distinct layers in this dessert. If you’re struggling to spread the cookie dough with your fingers, you can also put all the dough between two layers of plastic wrap, roll it out, and then place it over the batter. 

Before baking the brookies, you may want to sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top, just because. And if you love sweet and salty desserts, you could even sprinkle some coarse sea salt on top to complement all the chocolate in this treat. 

Lastly, some readers have reported that their brookies needed more time in the oven when they used glass baking dishes. If you’re using a glass baking dish to make brookies, you may need to tent the top of the dish loosely with foil near the end of the bake time. This will prevent the top of the brookies from becoming too brown and will allow you to safely bake them for longer to allow the center to set fully. 

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Brookie Bars

3.78 from 70 votes
Servings: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Description

You can enjoy a fudgy brownie and a chewy chocolate chip cookie with each bite of these awesome, scrumptious Brookie Bars!

Ingredients 

For the Brownie

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Cookie

  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • cups brown sugar
  • cup white sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1⅔ cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

For the Brownie

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9x13 pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix sugar and cocoa powder together.
  • Mix in the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add the flour and salt and mix until just combined.
  • Spread into the greased pan.

For the Cookie

  • Cream the butter and sugars together for 2 minutes and then mix in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Use a wooden spoon to mix in chocolate chips.
  • Scoop out spoonfuls of dough, flatten with your hands and piece together over the brownie batter (or you can put all the dough between two layers of plastic wrap, roll out, and then place over batter).
  • Sprinkle more chocolate chips on top if desired.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until cookie is golden, tenting with foil if the top is getting too brown.

  • Let the brookies cool completely before cutting.

Notes

Brookie bars will keep for 3 days in an airtight container, or can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 345kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 4gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 270mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 437IUCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 100 Best Brownies and Bars Recipes

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