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
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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.  It’s what I do. #badbaker

Just in case you like free stuff and money.

I care about you like that. 🙂

Cookie dough brownies
5 from 1 vote

Cookie Dough Brownies

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Cookie Dough Brownies are fudgy brownies topped with a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with melted chocolate.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

  • 2 cups Butter Divided
  • ¾ cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 ¾ cups Granulated Sugar Divided
  • 1 cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 ¼ cups All-purpose Flour Divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon kosher 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


  • 1 cup butter
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cookie Dough Filling

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon Crisco shortening


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Melt chocolate with shortening and stir until smooth. Spread over chilled cookie dough layer.

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Reader Comments

  1. 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:)

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. 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.

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