Brookies

I don’t know the origins of the brookie (brownie + cookie) but after one of you emailed recently saying you used some of our recipes for brookies, it made me realize we’ve never actually shared a recipe here on Our Best Bites.  My quick and easy brookie recipe is a combination of homemade, plus a shortcut.  Because while I’m picky about chocolate chip cookies being homemade, I don’t balk at a boxed brownie mix.  I’ve had lots of fantastic brownies out of a box and I think in a recipe like this, the box does the trick for me.

So to make this recipe amazingly delicious, but still quick and easy, I use a boxed brownie mix and then top it with a one-bowl easy chocolate chip cookie dough. 

If you have a favorite basic brownie recipe, you can certainly sub homemade here.  You a 9 x 13 pan full of soft and fudgy brownies layered with buttery chewy chocolate chip cookie.  Perfection!

Make your Brookie Brownie Layer

Make your brownies according to the package instructions.  I use Ghirardelli brand, and if you look on the back of the box, some brownies have instructions for a 9×13 pan, and some say the largest pan option is 8×8 or 9×9.  Either of those is just fine.  with the 9×13 you will have a thicker layer of brownie.  In these photos I’m using a box that makes the latter, smaller batch, and I still baked in a 9×13 and I feel like it’s a good size brownie layer.

Make your Brookie Cookie Layer

For the cookie portion of this recipe, I use my Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe because it uses melted butter, so you can mix the dough with a spoon right in that empty brownie batter bowl.  Also 1 batch is the perfect amount for my 9×13 pan.

Bake Your Brookies

It bakes for about 30 minutes and that cookie gets all soft and chewy and the brownie nice and gooey.

You can eat these warm with ice cream on top, but personally I like them cooled if I’m just picking them up to eat.

Layers of flavor give you the best of both worlds!

Pair them with a cold glass of milk and you’ll keep going back for more and more.  This recipe is easy and definitely a family favorite at our house.  Let me know how you like them!

 

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Brookies

  • Author: Sara Wells

Description

Two beloved desserts come together in one perfect bar cookie.


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Ingredients

Brownie Layer:
1 box brownie mix, prepared according to package instructions
(feel free to sub homemade brownie if you prefer!)

Cookie Layer:
12 tablespoon butter (1 1/2 sticks) melted and cooled until warm
1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips


Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line a 9×13 pan with foil for easy clean-up and spray with non-stick spray.

Prepare brownie mix according to package instructions and pour into prepared pan.  Do not bake yet.

In your empty brownie bowl, add melted butter, brown sugar, egg and yolk, and vanilla an stir to combine.  Add flour, soda, and salt and stir.  Finally fold in chocolate chips until just mixed.

Use your hands to drop dough onto the top of the brownie batter, it’s okay if some brownie batter shows through.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until cookie part looks set, but not crunchy and brown.  You can poke with a skewer or tooth pick to see if the brownie layer is done.  You really need to eyeball since all brownie mixes are a little different!  I’m using one that is meant to be baked in a slightly smaller pan so if you use a mix meant for a 9×13 it might need a little longer.   Cool, cut, and serve.


Notes

If you look on the back of the box, some brownies have instructions for a 9×13 pan, and some say the largest pan option is 8×8 or 9×9.  Either of those is just fine.  with the 9×13 you will have a thicker layer of brownie.  In these photos I’m using a box that makes the latter, smaller batch, and I still baked in a 9×13 and I feel like it’s a good size brownie layer.

 

5 comments

  1. Yum this looks delicious!! Our brownie box says to bake the brownies for 50 minutes. In this recipe, bake time is only 30. Will my brownies bake before my cookie layer burns? Or should I bake them a little beforehand?

    1. Is it 50 minutes for a 9×13 or an 8×8? Usually that bake time is for an 8×8 so in a 9×13 it’s about half that time. You’ll honestly have to experiment, mine have always turned out great!

  2. I cannot *wait* to make this for our next potluck!!! Thank you for sharing. I do have a favorite brownie recipe, but I think I’ll use a box this time, as it would be that much easier 🙂

  3. I love that you give recipes with shortcuts like this! Still tastes homemade, but the brownie mix makes it so much easier to whip these out. I made these with the Betty Crocker Fudge brownie mix (recommended for 9×13 pan) cause that’s what I had on hand. I cooked it for 33 minutes and the cookie top and corner piece I sampled were perfect. Took them to a church barbecue, and they were the first dessert to go! I tried a center piece at the party, and the brownie bottom was a little on the gooey side, so next time I will bake a few minutes more.

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