Cookie Dough Brownies

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Cookie Dough Brownies are best part of cookies and brownies all in one!

Cookie Dough Brownies made with a rich dark chocolate brownie base and an eggless cookie dough layer. The best part of cookies and brownies all in one!Cookie Dough Brownies are a way to enjoy your brownies frosted with just about the best frosting I can think of… eggless raw cookie dough. Plus with the cookie dough on top your brownies have a room temperature frosting that won’t get too soft to cut.

Cookie Dough Brownies seem like a natural progression for my dessert section given the recipes I’ve had in the past including these Easy Dark Chocolate Chunk Brownies, the Cookie Dough Stuffed Salted Dark Chocolate Cupcakes and my recipe for Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough that we keep in our freezer for all occasions. But wait there’s more… How about my Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes? Or when we took cookie dough on a trip to S’moresville with the S’mores Cookie Dough and Graham Cracker Cupcakes stuff with S’mores Cookie Dough? Yep, we’re a cookie dough loving bunch around here. We even stuff it into Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Cookie Dough Brownies made with a rich dark chocolate brownie base and an eggless cookie dough layer. The best part of cookies and brownies all in one!These Cookie Dough Brownies are really pretty easy to make. You could definitely make it without a stand mixer for your base but I recommend using some kind of mixer, even a handheld one, for the cookie dough layer. The butter and sugar will originally start as one color but as you whisk them more and more you will see that color lighten up. That is when you’re ready to move on to adding the rest of the ingredients. I have done the cookie dough topping with just a whisk, but I did end up with a pretty tired arm, you’ll want to give it at least three minutes of hand whisking before the color really lightens.

Cookie Dough Brownies made with a rich dark chocolate brownie base and an eggless cookie dough layer. The best part of cookies and brownies all in one!

Tools used in this Cookie Dough Brownies recipe:
9×13 Baking Pan – The straight edges and even cooking of this pan is ideal for bars and brownies.
Stand Mixer – The classic stand mixer, it’s always a huge help to get things mixed a heck of a lot faster. Plus, that blue! <3
Hand Mixer – For smaller jobs you don’t want to pull the large mixture out for this hand mixer is a breeze
Dark Chocolate Chips – My favorite dark chocolate chips, I keep them on hand in volume! More and more stores carry the brand now too, so when mine has a sale I buy 3 or 4 bags of every flavor. (Sometimes I can even get them for LESS than Nestle)
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – This cocoa powder gives an amazing, dark, rich chocolate flavor. I also highly recommend the Trader Joe’s Brand of cocoa powder.

Recipe

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Cookie Dough Brownies

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  • Yield: 32 brownies
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
Cookie Dough Brownies made with a rich dark chocolate brownie base and an eggless cookie dough layer. They're the best part of cookies and brownies all in one!

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 3/4 cup butter , melted
  • 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (You can use any type of chocolate chips you'd like)
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water [you can use milk if you want , but I like leaving these out at room temperature]
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mini semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Brownie Layer:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour or use baking spray a 13x9 pan.
  2. In a large bowl, add the butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs.
  3. Add in the cocoa powder, chocolate chips and salt and whisk until well combined.
  4. Add in the flour and whisk until just combined (don't overwhisk)
  5. Bake about 25-28 minutes or just until done in the center.
  6. Remove and cool on a rack until no longer hot.

Cookie Dough Layer:

  1. In a bowl with a mixer or a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars until they are noticeably lighter in color and very fluffy.
  2. This usually takes a couple of minutes.
  3. Add in water and vanilla and mix for a couple of seconds.
  4. Add in flour, salt and one cup of the chocolate chips and mix until all combined.
  5. The chips are so small they won't break apart in there.
  6. If you are worried or use an alternate type of mix in that is more fragile, use a spatula or whisk to incorporate the mix-ins.
  7. Spread the cookie dough onto the cooled brownies and sprinkle on the remaining half cup of mini chocolate chips.
  8. Press them into the top very lightly so they "stick."

Nutrition Information

Yield: 32 brownies, Amount per serving: calories

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Cookie Dough Brownies made with a rich dark chocolate brownie base and an eggless cookie dough layer. The best part of cookies and brownies all in one!

Cookie Dough Brownies made with a rich dark chocolate brownie base and an eggless cookie dough layer. The best part of cookies and brownies all in one!
Cookie Dough Brownies made with a rich dark chocolate brownie base and an eggless cookie dough layer. The best part of cookies and brownies all in one!

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  1. Just made these. The brownie could easily stand on its own but the cookie dough topping takes it to another level. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. These are amazing! They’re easy to make and combine everything I could want in the middle of the night! Thank you so much

  3. Good idea in theory. In practise, not so much. The cookie dough texture was not how it looks in the photos, and the consistency was not conducive for nice, neatly cut brownie. The cookie dough tasted awful.
    Was hoping I could save the brownies by frosting them, instead of using the horrendous cookie dough. But the 13×9 pan left the brownies too thin to be presentable. I really wanted to love this recipe but am disappointed.

    1. So the consistency was off and there wasn’t a similar amount of brownies for the pan? Would love to troubleshoot with you, are you certain anything wasn’t left out? This is a brownie I make fairly regularly. Also if you want the perfect slice it always helps to refrigerate frosting/cookie dough prior to slicing. If you’d like to email directly I’m happy to go over the recipe with you, contact @ dinnerthendessert.com

    1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! I don’t use the premade cookie dough because it has raw eggs in it. Since I cook for clients and am serve safe certified I tend to stick to all the rules (even though I know people have eaten raw cookie dough with no issues for years!).

  4. Well, if you like runny salty cookie dough, then okay. But I had to add another cup of flour to get it spreadable instead of pourable. My suggestion would be to eliminate the water and 1 tsp of vanilla. Then add extra flour till you get the texture you want. Still going to eat them!

    1. I’m glad you still ate them, lol! No sense it going to waste! But I’m not sure how it became salty with only 1/4 teaspoon salt in that quantity of cookie dough (the amount of salt added is the same as if you use salted butter with no additional salt added before all the sweetness. If you have an aversion to the taste of salt please feel free to leave it out entirely), but if you find the frosting thin then feel free to add more flour to achieve the right thickness. The recipe has been tested to achieve the right thickness with the amount of water listed and hasn’t even been pourable. Please don’t eliminate the vanilla as it adds a lot of the cookie dough flavor.

  5. I just made these, and since I couldn’t wait for the brownies to cool, I just topped individual servings with a dollop of cookie dough.
    This is a PERFECT brownie recipe– moist, delicious, crinkly-topped…yummm! The cookie dough is delicious as well. A perfect combo!

  6. So I tried making this. In the directions it asks for salt and flour in the brownie mix except there’s no salt or flour in the ingredient list… so I ignored the salt and flour part in the brownie mix until I kept reading and it was under the cookie dough section.. confusing instructions and I almost made it wrong 🙁

    1. Sorry about that! I must have gotten confused with the duplicate ingredients and not copied everything into both lists of ingredients. I apologize for the oversight and the recipe has been fixed. I hope if you attempt this again it turns out better!

  7. I noticed that in the recipe part of the cookie dough you there are 2 different volumes of flour and salt. First it says 3/4 teaspoon salt and in the end only 1/4 and for the flour amounts first you say 1 1/4 cup and in the end 3/4 cup. Which is the right one? I would love to make these!

    1. I’m so sorry but your comment must have gotten snared in a spam file. There was a glitch in the ingredient list and I have since edited it to reflect the correct amounts. I hope you enjoy them!

  8. Just made these and I wondered why there were two different places under the cookie dough recipe for salt and flour…. reading through the comments I now see those belonged to the brownie recipe. I read that you fixed it but it’s still not showing up correctly ? Bummer

    1. So sorry, your comment was caught in my spam folder 🙁 I just edited it yet again so I’m hoping it sticks this time.

  9. Hello, Sabrina!

    I am very confused! At the top of the list of the cookie dough ingredients, it says,

    -3/4 teaspoon salt
    -1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

    Then at the bottom of the list of the cookie dough ingredients, it says,

    -3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    -¼ teaspoon kosher salt

    Do you add both of these flour amounts and both of these salt amounts, or is only one correct?

    Thanks for your help!!

  10. Can I ask why the cookie dough has two different flour measurements? I’m making them soon. They look amazing!!!!

    1. I’m so sorry Shannon. It looks like there was a glitch in my recipe plug in. I edited it to show the correct amounts. They really are so good!!

  11. How far ahead if time can these be made? Thinking about making the brownies and freezing them and then continuing???

    1. I think the texture might be compromised if frozen and then thawed. I wouldn’t recommend it but if you do decide to try, I’d love to hear how it turned out. Good luck!

  12. Hello, I just made these brownies today with gf flour, and they are delicious!! I noticed that the cookie dough topping wasn’t quite as stiff as I expected, and seems to taste a bit more like butter cream frosting than cookie dough, but maybe next time I will try more flour. All in all, they are still amazing! I have to hold myself back from devouring the whole pan. Gotta be strong:)

    Rating: 5
    1. I admire your strength but sometimes you have to just go for it, haha! You only live once, right?!? So glad you enjoyed them!

  13. These were so amazing. Made them twice for my son’s lacrosse team and the boys loved them. One bo (who had 3) said, “ Who’s the genius that came up with this idea?!” Thanks for combining two of my favorite things in one great dessert! 

    Rating: 5
    1. Sorry I don’t have the nutritional facts for recipes on the site but I know there are a lot of free resources on the internet from when I’ve cooked for clients with low calorie diets.

  14. This recipe is really great and I’m in the middle of making it now but I see a crucial step missing, as we are using raw cookie dough you need to paturize the flour! Flour has an E-Coli risk. It’s very easy to paturize you just spread flour out on a baking sheet and leave it in an oven set to 350 degrees for 5 minutes! I’m not trying to mean I just don’t want anyone to get sick!

  15. I made this tonight. Flavor of the brownie was good but it was no where near done after baking 25-28 minutes in the oven, middle was so so underdone.

  16. I’ve just finished the brownies and waiting for them to cool. The cookie dough does seem a little thin even though I added some additional flour. I worry about adding too much flour and it not sticking to the brownies. Do you chill them before cutting to help them setup?