Cookie Dough Brownies

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I was catchin up on blogs the other day and visited an old favorite, Noe Place Like Home.  Melanie is gifted with the camera, in the kitchen, with crafts, in parenting, and well, you name it.  She does it well.

When I saw that she had made these amazing looking Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies I was sorta entranced by them.  I kid you not, they sat on my computer for three days before I finally “made” them.

Can you sense the foreshadowing?

When I read the recipe Melanie posted I could NOT figure it out.  Is the cookie dough raw?  I cant make those.  But I must!  Am I dense? (dont answer that) Why cant I figure this out?

Well.  I decided to change things up a bit.

I made cookie dough.

I decided to get crazy and add caramel.  I mean, caramel is always a good addition right?

Then added my brownie mixture and baked away.


I had big hopes I tell you.  Big.

Try googling ‘cookie dough brownies’ sometime and you will see my tragic mistake.

Or I can just tell you.

Every single time someone posts a recipe for this combination, the brownie is on the bottom.  Every.  Single. Time.

Me, in my genius, had decided to venture out on my own.

I dont recommend that.  Ok, I DO recommend that.  But for You.  Not for me.

I did not like how they turned out so I threw them in the freezer and went about my business.

The next day I took them out of the freezer (let them defrost for a bit) and tried one.

Cookie Dough Brownies

It was… good!

The caramel suddenly made sense and I liked the marbling that seemed to have occurred when baked in my horribly backward method.

Cookie Dough Brownies

And when frozen/partly thawed they cut so nicely.

Cookie Dough Brownies

But then I got bored.  And knew I had just purchased some all natural white chocolate chips.  I am such a sucker for anything that says all natural.  Even though 90% of the time there is NOTHING natural about it.

Just sayin.

Here is Melanie’s original recipe.  I highly recommend making these her way first!!

Cookie Dough Brownies


  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
  • 2 cups Butter, Divided
  • ¾ cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2-¾ cups Granulated White Sugar, Divided
  • 1 cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 3-¼ cups All-purpose Flour, Divided
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 4 Tablespoons Milk
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract, Divided
  • 2-½ cups Mini Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips, Divided
  • 1 Tablespoon Shortening, Such As Crisco
  • Brownies
  • 1 c. butter
  • 3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Cookie Dough Filling:
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Chocolate Glaze:
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. Crisco shortening


  1. Prepare 13X13 baking pan by laying a piece of foil in the bottom and up the sides. Spray with cooking spray or butter the foil.
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
  3. Melt 2 sticks of butter in a medium saucepan; add cocoa, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add sugar, salt, eggs, and vanilla; beat with a spoon until combined. Add flour and baking powder; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. (I always remove my brownies from the oven when a toothpick inserted 1 inch from the side of the pan comes out clean or almost clean.) Allow brownies to cool completely before moving on to the next step.
  4. for Cookie Dough Filling
  5. Combine first 5 ingredients in a mixing bowl and cream together. Add flour and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread in an even layer on top of cooled brownies. Chill before adding chocolate glaze.
  6. For Chocolate Glaze
  7. Melt chocolate with shortening and stir until smooth. Spread over chilled cookie dough layer.

I boxed some up and pretended I was going to be generous and give them away.

Cookie Dough Brownies

I am still working on the actual giving them away part.

What about you… do you have a great cookie dough and brownie recipes that I should try? And when I say *try* you know I am going to massacre the recipe.  Its what I do. #badbaker

Just in case you like free stuff and money.

I care about you like that. :)




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  1. Alison says

    I just love your blog, you have such talent and such a great personality! You should be proud of all you accomplish! You’re definitely an inspiration:D Just thought I’d say that, as I’ve been lurking for a while;)

  2. Wendy says

    So would you recomment this path? I have seem similar recipes that say to spread the cookie dough on top of the brownies….but how does one do that without smushing them into the brownies? I think bakerella has a recipe where she drops the dough into the brownie recipe. I like the addition of caramel.

  3. says

    Thanks for mentioning me Amanda and the props:)I have been quite the blog slacker as of late but will have some new posts coming soon:) I like what you did to it…the caramel is brilliant! The cookie dough on the original one has no eggs so you don’t bake it…it is more like an frosting. Also to answer your other question…Yes, we can be “big belly blogger” friends!!!! I am due Dec. 27 with my third..not finding out the sex and am not even close to being ready for him or her to make their arrival! Oh, and you have some mad camera skills yourself:)

  4. says

    You know what, Amanda, I’m going to offer you my assistance. I will volunteer to be the one you send those brownies to. It’s quite a huge sacrafice on my part, but because I like you so very much, I’m willing to do that for you. :)
    I, for one, am glad you mess with recipe’s!

  5. says

    They look beautiful!!! And I’m glad you clarified that those were caramel bits….I thought they were chickpeas!!! 😉
    You really can never go wrong with brownies and cookie dough. I’m so glad you stuck them in the freezer and didn’t give up!

  6. says

    Good Glory – how on earth did I miss THIS post the other day? These look absolutely decadent (that’s my new favorite word relating to yummy sweets).And the caramel….I must admit, I thought you added peanuts, and was SO disappointed, me liking my peanuts plain and not in my baked goods… But caramel! YIKES! This recipe is screaming to be made in our house this CHRISTmas season! Thanks for sharing. =) Happy Weekend!

  7. Taylor says

    Isn’t it great how sometimes mistakes turn into something great?? These look amazing…I love your addition of caramel!

  8. says

    I really need to make cookie dough brownies. They’ve been sitting on my computer asking me to make them for months. I love the colour of your cookie dough brownies, they’re gorgeous.

  9. Melanie Giant says

    This recipe is indeed a sinful one.I can’t say no of trying your recipe this weekend. Thanks for sharing you yummy brownies.

  10. Vandy Girl says

    I’m a little late to the game on this… but I thought I’d share that here at Vanderbilt we call them “BROOKIES.” They’re by far the most popular treat in our cafeterias (which, btw, serve surprisingly good food), and, yes, the brownie part goes on top. I can’t imagine it any other way.

  11. says

    Brownie? Caramel? Cookie Dough? This is like my holy trinity of delicious!!! As much as I bake and give away, I would just take them with a fork and lock myself in a room away from the kids for an hour. Or 20 minutes, I highly doubt it’d take me an hour to work through the pan. YUM!

  12. Milly says

    Hi Amanda! I made Cookies Dough Brownies yesterday. It’s a recipe from Bakerella. Y’know, technically, it’s not exactly a recipe, but it’s where I got my inspiration. Here’s the recipe: :)
    1 box Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix*
    1 box Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie*
    Chocolate ganache
    Make up the Betty Crocker mixes. Put the Brownie Mix in first. Then put huge globs of cookie dough in. Bake for 25-3 minutes and let it cool completely ( 1 hour approx.). Then pour the chocolate ganache on top. Wait for the ganache to set.
    * Alternatively, make your own batters.
    To see more, go to: