It's impossible to resist this homemade treat, half brownies and half cookie layer, the brookies recipe is very easy to make and its incredibly fudgey texture will satisfy all the sweet tooths.
This is the ultimate dessert for all cookie and brownie lovers at the same time, with this brookie recipe you will be sure to satisfy them completely.
Half Brownies Half Cookies
But be careful not to get confused with the recipe for cookie bars which are simply cookies made like a brownie or the brownie cookie which are the opposite, a brownie batter baked like a cookie.
This combination is an explosion of flavor in your mouth, everything you love in one bite, a delicious fudgy brownie and the softness and chewiness of a homemade chocolate chip cookies dough.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Effortless Baking: Combining the simplicity of cookie dough with the decadence of a brownie mix, this recipe offers a straightforward process even for novice bakers.
- Texture Heaven: The brookie delivers a delightful contrast with the chewy, chocolatey richness of brownies and the soft, buttery crumble of cookies in every bite.
- Versatile Flavors: This dessert mingles the deep cocoa essence with the sweet, vanilla notes of classic cookies, making it a hit for all tastes and occasions.
- Ideal Anytime Indulgence: Whether you’re topping it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a sumptuous dessert, or enjoying a square with your afternoon coffee, brookies are perfect for any moment you need a sweet escape.
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*You will find the complete recipe with quantity and instructions below in the recipe card at the end of this page.
- Butter: Opt for melted unsalted butter, providing a rich foundation to your brookies; if you choose salted butter, remember to omit the additional salt in the recipe.
- Sugar: Blend white sugar with aromatic sugars such as brown or light brown sugar to add depth and a caramel-like undertone to your treat.
- Cocoa Powder: Use unsweetened cocoa powder to infuse the brownie layer with a deep, chocolatey richness.
- Eggs: Make sure to use large eggs, ideally at room temperature, for the best consistency.
- Vanilla and Salt: These are vital not just for flavor, but to enhance and intensify the other ingredients' tastes.
- Flour: Stick to all-purpose flour to achieve that classic brownie texture.
- Chocolate chips: Incorporate semi-sweet chocolate chips or coarsely chopped chocolate for added bite and flavor. If you're feeling indulgent, melt dark chocolate with butter, either in the microwave or using a bain-marie, for an even richer chocolate experience
Chocolate chip Cookie dough
- Butter: Opt for unsalted butter and ensure it's melted to facilitate the spreading of the cookie dough over the brownie layer for that perfect brookie fusion.
- Sugar: A combination of fine white granulated sugar for sweetness and dark brown sugar (or light brown for a milder molasses flavor) for added moisture and chewiness.
- Egg: Key for binding, it should be at room temperature for even incorporation. For an egg-free version, substitute with two tablespoons of your preferred plant-based milk.
- Vanilla and Salt: Pure liquid vanilla extract enriches the flavor profile, while a pinch of sea salt counterbalances the sweetness and accentuates the chocolate notes.
- Flour: Standard white all-purpose flour serves as the base, though you can swap it out for whole wheat for a heartier texture, or a gluten-free blend for those with dietary restrictions.
- Leavening Agents: A dual-action rise is achieved with both baking soda and baking powder; if baking soda is unavailable, you can double up on the baking powder.
- Chocolate Chips: Incorporate semi-sweet chocolate chips for a balanced sweetness or chop up a bar of high-quality baking chocolate for indulgent bursts of cocoa in every bite.
How to Make Homemade Brookie Recipe
- Place the melted butter, cocoa powder, white granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix with an electric mixer or an hand whisk for a few moments to obtain a smooth texture.
- Then add eggs and vanilla extract into the chocolate mixture and beat until well combined.
- Finish by adding the dry ingredients, flour, salt and chocolate chips.
- Mix gently with a spatula until you have a smooth brownie batter.
- Pour brownie batter into a square pan with parchment paper.
- Smooth the surface of the brownie with a tablespoon or an angled spatula until the brownie pan is half full.
- Set aside while preparing the chocolate chip cookie dough.
- Place the melted and cooled butter and sugars, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer or hand whisk until smooth.
- Then add egg and vanilla extract and mix again for a few moments to incorporate them.
- Add the flour, baking soda and baking powder and also add the chocolate chips.
- Using a spatula, gently mix to incorporate them until you have a soft cookie dough.
- Then add the cookie dough to the pan just above the brownie layer.
- Gently spread it with the back of a tablespoon or an angled spatula until it completely covers the top of the brownie layer.
- Finish by sprinkling a few chocolate chips on top of the brookies.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (180°C) and bake the brookies halfway through for about 30 - 35 min until the cookie on top is golden.
- Check the baking with a toothpick inserted into the center of the brookies, it should come out with a few crumbs and not liquid batter.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let the brookies cool completely in the pan before carefully removing from the pan.
- When completely cooled, cut the brookies into 16 small equal pieces with a large knife and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
Serving a brookie is as delightful as it is versatile. Here are some suggestions to elevate the experience.
- Classic: Serve your brookies warm with a scoop of classic vanilla ice cream on top.
- Coffee Pairing: Enjoy your brookie with a hot cup of coffee.
- With Whipped Cream: A dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings can add a touch of elegance to this hearty dessert.
- Berry Accompaniment: Fresh berries, such as strawberries or raspberries.
- Nutty Crunch: A handful of chopped nuts, like walnuts or pecans, can be sprinkled over the brookie for added texture and flavor.
- Caramel Drizzle: A light drizzle of caramel butter sauce can enhance the flavors and make for a decadent presentation.
Storage and freezing
At room temperature: Store brookies at room temperature placed in an airtight container with a lid for approximately 5 days.
You can also keep it longer in the fridge, you will just have to warm it up slightly in the microwave to give it a melting texture.
In the freezer: Cut into small pieces and placed in conservation bags, you can keep your brookies up to 3 months in the freezer.
Defrosting: Gently bring brookies back to room temperature or use the defrost function on your microwave.
- Quality Chocolate: Use good-quality chocolate chips or chunks for both the brownie and cookie layers. The better the chocolate, the better the flavor of your brookies
- Proper Mixing: For the brownie layer, mix just until the ingredients are combined to avoid introducing too much air into the batter, which can affect the dense, fudgy texture. For the cookie layer, cream the butter and sugars well to create a light and fluffy texture.
- Layering: Carefully layer the cookie dough on top of the brownie batter. It can be easier to drop spoonfuls of cookie dough across the surface and then gently spread them together rather than trying to spread one large piece of dough.
- Don’t Overbake: Brookies should be removed from the oven when they are just set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. The residual heat will continue to cook them slightly, ensuring a gooey middle.
- Cooling Time: Allow the brookies to cool in the pan. This step is crucial as it lets them set up properly and makes for easier cutting without crumbling.
- Cutting: For clean cuts, use a sharp knife and wipe it clean between cuts. Chill the brookies before slicing if you want extra neat edges.
Blondie Brookies: Swap the brownie layer for a blondie base like my white chocolate brownies recipe.
Peanut Butter Swirl Brookies: Add a peanut butter swirl to your brownie layer like my delicious peanut butter chocolate brownies.
Salted Caramel Brookies: Drizzle caramel sauce over the brownie layer before adding the cookie dough. Sprinkle with a little sea salt for a sweet and salty contrast.
Mocha Brookies: Infuse the brownie batter with a shot of espresso or a tablespoon of instant coffee granules to create a mocha flavor.
Nutty Brookies: Stir chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds into either the brownie or cookie layers (or both!) for added texture and nutty flavor.
Triple Chocolate Brookies: Use chocolate cookie dough for the top layer and mix white, milk, and dark chocolate chunks into the brownie layer for a triple chocolate experience.
S'mores Brookies: Press graham cracker pieces into the brownie layer, then top with the cookie dough and marshmallows for a s'mores-inspired treat.
Cheesecake Brookies: Add a cheesecake swirl to the brownie layer like my favorite oreo cheesecake brownies.
Oreo Brookies: Chop Oreo cookies and fold them into the brownie batter or place a layer of whole Oreos between the brownie and cookie dough layers like my fudgy Oreo brownies.
Cinnamon Spice Brookies: Add cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg to the cookie dough for a warm, spiced version that's perfect for autumn.
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