Is it a cookie? A brownie? Giant Brookies are both! This recipe takes gooey chocolate chip cookies and marries them to fudge brownies for the ultimate treat!
What are Brookies?
Corny? Yeah. But you’ll forgive me when you taste these cookie brownies. Or are they brownie cookies? Both work, but I like to respect the equality of a cookie – brownie marriage and call these Brookies.
Brookies are dessert bars with one layer of brownies and one layer of chocolate chip cookies. They’re just a little bit more “extra” than your average cookie or brownie, making them a festive option for parties or special occasions.
Or, you know, a regular Wednesday night.
The first time I made Brookies, they disappeared so fast I only got to eat one for myself. I’d had the idea to serve some of them with a big scoop of ice cream for an after dinner indulgence so, naturally, I had to go make a second batch.
That second time, I got a few for myself before my family suddenly appeared to claim their share. I can’t blame them–these brookies are seriously delicious!
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To make Brookies, you start by making a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough and a batch of brownie batter, from scratch.
For the brownie batter you need:
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Melted butter
- Chocolate chips
We could stop right there and make some pretty wonderful brownies. But we’re here for some decadence!
For the chocolate chip cookie layer you need:
- Crisco – Butter flavored is best!
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla Extract– be sure to try our Instant Pot Vanilla Extract recipe!
- Baking soda
- Chocolate Chips
Now let’s put them together, shall we?
How to Make Brookies
STEP 1. Make the brownie layer
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together until just combined. Pour into a 13×9 pan that is lined with parchment paper.
STEP 2. Make the cookie layer
Beat the Crisco with brown sugar. Add in vanilla, milk and egg. Slowly beat in flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix in chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls onto the brownie layer.
STEP 3. Bake!
Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely. To speed up the process (because who has the patience to wait to dig into these brownie cookies bars?), pop the pan in the fridge.
PRO TIP: Use a serrated plastic knife to cut brookies. (or any brownies). Works like a charm without shredding the bars.
I like to cut these into BIG sqaures. Mostly to ensure that I can get my fill of the Brookies before my family eats them all! You can cut them into whatever size you like.
If you want to stretch them to feed a big crowd, go ahead and turn them into Brookie bites–cut into 1 to 2 inch squares.
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If chocolate chip cookies baked on top of double chocolate brownies weren’t enough decadence for you, go ahead and do what I did and serve them in bowls with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Tips and Tricks
- Cutting the brookies: Lining the baking pan with parchment paper makes cutting into these bars a breeze. Once cooled, lift the parchment paper from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Use a cold sharp (not serrated) slice the brookies into bars.
- Butter flavored Crisco: Using butter flavored shortening gives the cookie layer a buttery flavor with the chewy fudgy texture of cookies made from Crisco. If you don’t have crisco or prefer not to use it, you can use butter in the cookie dough layer but the finished texture maybe a bit crumblier and not as chewy. They’ll still taste great!
- How to store brookies: Bars keep well at room temperature for about a week as long as they’re stored in an airtight container. Everyone finds them so difficult to stop eating, though, that they rarely last even a couple of days!
Can you freeze brookies?
Brookies freeze well when sliced into bars first! Freeze them in a single layer or with wax paper between the layers to keep them from freezing. This is a great make ahead option–or if you wind up with more brookies than you want to eat all at once!
One more tip: If you’re making these when other people are home, don’t forget to set aside one or two for yourself as you cut them up! That way, when the entire batch inevitably gets gobbled up by your family, you’ll have your own secret stash to enjoy. Trust me on this.
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Part brownie, part cookie, and entirely delicious, Giant Brookies are guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth!