Cookie Dough Brownies

filed under: Brownies on November 9, 2010
5 from 1 vote
Cookie dough brownies
Cookie Dough Brownies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookie Dough Brownies
Servings: 24 brownies
Author: Amanda Rettke
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
  • 2 c Butter Divided
  • ¾ cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 -¾ cups Granulated White Sugar Divided
  • 1 c Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 -¼ cups All-purpose Flour Divided
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 4 tbsp. Milk
  • 3 tsp. Vanilla Extract Divided
  • 2 -½ cups Mini Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips Divided
  • 1 tbsp. Shortening Such As Crisco
  • 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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie
  1. 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.

Cookie Dough Filling
  1. 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.

Chocolate Glaze
  1. Melt chocolate with shortening and stir until smooth. Spread over chilled cookie dough layer.

I was catching 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!!

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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  • 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;)

  • 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.

  • Renee says:

    Those look SO GOOD! Since they are all boxed up, want me to send you my address so you can send them to me? 🙂 Have a great day!

  • linda s says:

    Caramel and chocolate are the best and I love the raspberry garnish!

  • Esi says:

    All your desserts sound amazing. These would be dangerous around me.

  • Melanie 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:)

  • Kristen says:

    Those look truly sinful!

  • Michelle 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!

  • bridget {bake at 350} 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!

  • Sally 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!

  • Sally says:

    p.s. Since this is such an interesting concoction of ingredients…Can you share baking temperature & timing? =)

  • Taylor says:

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

  • Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes says:

    oh my goodness. tall thick delicious…

  • grace says:

    well, you’ve taken the first step by actually boxing them up–i never even get that far in my intentions to give away my goodies. 🙂

  • Lexi 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.

  • Rose Forever says:

    This looks great especially when you add strawberry on your brownie. I think I should make some of this to share with my best friends.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christi 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!

  • 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:

  • ashley says:

    is it really 13×13 baking pan that I will use? what pan can I use? Please reply. I will do this recipe next week.

  • Jeska says:

    Amanda, this blog post was awesome! Haha. I’d say you baking them was a home run. They look delicious!!