Is it a cookie? A brownie? These giant Brookies are both! This recipe takes gooey chocolate chip cookies and marries them to fudgy brownies for the ultimate treat!
We’re all about dessert mashups over here! From sugar brookies to Brookie Cookies, combining two treats in one is always a delicious idea.
What are Brookies?
I have a favorite brownie recipe. And a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Then one day, they met, and it was love at first bite.
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 cookies.
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
- Kosher Salt
- Chocolate Chips
Now let’s put them together, shall we?
How to Make Brookies
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.
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.
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.
Tips and Tricks
- 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.
- 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.
- You could even go the extra mile and turn them into brookie sundaes with whipped cream, sprinkles, the works. It would be the perfect birthday treat for someone who loves brownies and cookies!
- 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.
- 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.
Brookie 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!
Brookies freeze well when sliced into bars first! Freeze them in a single layer or with parchment 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!
Using butter flavored shortening (Crisco) gives the cookie layer a buttery flavor with the chewy fudgy texture of cookies. 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!
More Easy Dessert Recipes
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Sugar Cookie Bars
- Chocolate Cheesecake
- Cake Mix Brownies
- Bread Pudding
Part brownie, part cookie, and entirely delicious, Giant Brookies are guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth!
I’m experiencing this same problem right now. They’ve been in for 35 minutes and still raw underneath. I’m afraid I’m going to burn the bottom just to get the top to cook through.
Mine didn’t bake either – I’m so disappointed. The cookie dough was delicious, and I had high hopes. I may try again with different temps/cook times, but it was a lot of work for nothing. Maybe even leaving the chocolate chips out of the brownie portion would help? I’d love updates if anyone figured it out.
I did everything according to the directions. The cookies were getting very brown after 25 minutes but the brownie layer was raw. I out them back in for another 10 and the brownies still weren’t done. I bake all the time so I’m not sure what went wrong.
This was delicious. We had it for our Valentines dessert. I especially loved the addition of cinnamon to the cookies! And it baked up beautifully in about 30 min. I started checking on it at the 20 min mark. My 4 yr old loved using cutters to shape them like Dinosaurs hearts once they cooled. Thank you for sharing!
SO glad you enjoyed the recipe!
This wasn’t the easiest dessert to make. We don’t have Crisco where I live so I looked it up and substituted it for butter, I think that’s where I went wrong. It looks nothing like the pictures, almost as if the two layers merged, it’s also super greasy. That being said, THEY ARE SO DELICIOUS!!!
I have boxes of Brownie Mix and packages of cookie mix. Someone suggested using these instead of scratch. I’m have a baking day. On to cake mix banana muffins.
I baked mine at 375 for the 25 minutes and they were still very undercooked inside but the outside was getting quite brown. I had to put these back now in the oven at 350 and will try 10 minutes at 350 to see if the inside bakes more. Did you find 375 for the 25 minutes worked for you?
I was really surprised to find that my brookies were cooked all the way through after just 25 min. Most recipes take way more time to bake than the amount of time listed.
My cousin made your delicious maple bacon cookies for thanksgiving this year and I really wanted to try it last night. I went with this Brookie recipe instead since maple extract is so elusive! I selected this recipe because I had everything in my pantry. I don’t know if it was because I used a stone 13×9, the silicone baking mat or it’s simply the awesomeness of your recipe but … Thank you 🙂 I’m going to have another piece now.
the flour mentioned in the brownie layer is it self rising or just plain flour
All-purpose flour 🙂 ENJOY!
I went ahead and used plain flour and they turned out great. I was told to save recipe for the future.
Can I use butter instead of Butter flavored Crisco? I don’t think I can get this product in Australia.
Yes you can. It just may change the texture.
Gonna have to try these! My daughter and I love Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked Flavor ice cream~it has brownies and choc chip cookie dough in it. Yum!
Can I use butter instead. I don’t usually buy Crisco. Want to make this for next weekend. Thanks.