Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

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There’s something you should know.

I always underbake. On purpose. So today especially as you gaze upon that fudgy underbaked chocolate brownie with a chocolate chip cookie underbaked into the top, I’m hoping no one takes offense to the excessive gooeyness. It’s just how I roll.

There’s something else you should know. I don’t have much time to write this post today because right as soon as I’m done writing this, I am going to go up to the shelter to enjoy my favorite time of day: playtime.

This is an adorable video that Bjork made on his iPhone during a lazy afternoon of play that might help give you an idea of what is currently competing for my time.

I might have teared up watching that again, for the hundredth time. What a place of love.

Okay, let’s talk dessert real quick. This is the dessert that makes me think of my best friend which equals road trips, college, movie nights, and Mexican food. Totally a natural connection there.

Bottom line: we make these all the time.

This is also the dessert that should be really easy to make but somehow took me four tries to get it just right. I kid you not: I made this four times, so yes, everyone within a ten mile radius of our house now knows what chocolate chip cookie brownies are.

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I just want to say a few things about these chocolate chip cookie brownies.

1. You should make them in a square pan if you like your chocolate chip cookie brownies to be super thick. The first picture in the brown rectangle pan? That was attempt number 1. I hadn’t figured it out quite yet.

2. If you bake them for the right amount of time, they do not sink. It took me four times to figure that out, but say hello to the un-sunkenness of these cookie brownies. Even and perfect.

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3. They might need to be covered with foil while you’re baking them. Yes, like a lasagna. The cookies just wanna get brown so fast, you know what I mean? So cover as necessary. I put some notes in the recipe about that, too.

4. For whatever reason, I just could not get this to work with a brownie recipe that was from scratch. Don’t get me wrong – when I did make them from scratch, they were COMPLETELY delicious. I used this recipe and while I totally loved the recipe, I just couldn’t get it to bake up evenly with the cookies on top. After three recipes from scratch and three sunken cookie brownies, I was done. It’s one hundred bajillion degrees and that is the point where melting chocolate in a double boiler becomes not fun anymore. We always use a brownie mix when we’re making these at my friend’s house anyways, so what the heck. Use whatever you want.

5. While I allow brownie mixes, I don’t allow cookie mixes or pre-done cookie dough. You MUST do these cookies from scratch because this dough will change your life. It takes like, 5 minutes. I should know – I’ve done it way more than four times.

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6. MILK. Milk milk milk milk milk.

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I’m out, you guys. It’s playtime.

Have a chocolate chip cookie brownie filled weekend!

4.4 from 21 reviews
Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies
  • 1 stick salted butter (1/2 cup, very soft)
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 18.9 ounce brownie mix - my all-time favorite is Ghirardelli Double Chocolate - this is also a great brownie recipe but I found it more difficult to bake evenly when I made my brownies from scratch
  • (eggs, oil, and water for brownie mix)
  1. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars in a small mixing bowl. Add vanilla and egg; cream again until smooth. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir gently until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare brownie batter as directed. Pour batter into a glass 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish. Scatter pieces of cookie dough over the top of the brownie batter. In my 8x8 square pan, I was able to get about ⅔ of the cookie dough to fit over the brownies and I just saved the rest for regular cookies. Press gently on the dough just until it starts to sink down into the batter a little bit.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes (35 for gooey, 40 or more for fully baked), covering with foil if you need to keep the cookies from getting too brown on top. Let stand for 15-20 minutes and cut into pieces for serving.
Beware of taking these out too early because the cookies look brown - usually when I do that, the brownies are still underdone and they sink down in the middle. I found that it was easiest to alternate baking them covered and uncovered. I did the first 20 minutes uncovered, the next 10 minutes covered, and the last 5 minutes uncovered. This allows the brownies to bake without the cookies getting too brown. I've also taken foil and just made a cover around the edges so the middle can bake without burning the tops of the edges.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies - These easy chocolate chip cookie brownies have my very favorite chocolate chip cookie dough baked into the top layer of decadent, fudgy brownies |
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  1. I always underbake. On purpose. = ME TOO!! Who wants a dry, stale, hard bakery good? Not me! Excessive gooey factor is so welcomed! I do occasionally get comments about it but whatever.

    Two days ago I posted a recipe that’s similar to this with a chocolate base and a cookie crumble top. But I baked in Milky Ways :)

    I love yours! Pinned!

  2. I’m a total fan of the goo.

  3. I love this recipe and it will be perfect to make this weekend! Can’t decide on a chocolate chop cookie or a brownie? Make both! It’s awesome.

  4. I prefer underbaked, but my family likes baked. Sometimes I win, but sometimes they do. I love this combination and I bet it is amazing!

  5. I always, always underbake! Underbaked good are always so yummy!! These look so gooey and delicious!! I love them! Pinned!

    That video is so so sweet!

  6. Pfff well, yeah! Always underbake :) I think that’s a rule or something, right?

    These sound amazing. My aunt makes something like this for parties, but I hadn’t tried making them at home (glad I didnt, since I wouldn’t have thought to start with a boxed brownie!)

  7. As hard as it is to admit, sometimes you just need a box brownie! They are the best.

  8. Brownies and chocolate chips all in one!?! You can’t get better than that!!!! :-)

  9. Putting this on my “must try” recipe list. I’m sure my kids are going to love this! Thanks for the great idea.

  10. I like to underbake too! We call these Brookies in our house! YUM.

  11. That video should have been played at the banquet!!! It’s wonderful. Love the music, too. You guys are needed over there to translate via technology all the beauty of CSC. I’m rating your “recipes” for photography and video 5 stars! :)

    • Bjork recorded it RIGHT after we got done watching the banquet. It was just this idyllic time where we knew people were gathered, giving themselves to help make this ministry possible, and then to be able to see the peace and love all around at the shelter in person right after that.. it was magical. :)

  12. You just combined two things I love, chocolate chip cookies and brownies! :-)

  13. Underbaking is totally the way to go! Yes to the milk, because dipping gooey cookie brownies in milk makes chocolate milk!

  14. These bars look so gooey! The kids and I LOVE gooey. I agree with Janie, the video was excellent! Way to go! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Yep, I always under-bake too :) Enjoy your playtime at the shelter!

  16. Yep, I always under-bake too Enjoy your playtime at the shelter

  17. Um, nothing wrong with this combination!

  18. You’re killing me. I will never be able to control my sweet tooth, not with recipes like this!

  19. Yes, this gooeyness looks amazing.
    But above that… what a beautiful video that also made me tear up! You’re doing such a great thing here, and those children are so lucky for the work you guys do for them. Keep on being awesome! (and underbaking your treats)!

  20. I love under-baked goodies. These sound amazing!

  21. OMG!! This looks soooo good!!

  22. I have a sweet spot for brownies so I perfected my brownie creation Mr.CBB’s Fudgy Brownies and my Pinterest is littered with brownie recipes. I will use my own brownie recipe to test this one. I always under bake squares and cookies as they continue to bake after you take them out and they are never crunchy and over cooked… my little secret as well!! Cheers I”m going to share this with my FB Page!

  23. I love your blogs about the shelter and the pictures you post of your surrounding neighborhood. The video is awesome. There are no words to tell you how much I admire you & Bjork for dedicating a year to the shelter.

    (The food stuff is awesome, too. That goes without saying.)

  24. I always under-bake brownies (and usually cookies) too! If it’s not ooey gooey, just-barely-set, fudgy, soft, and melty, it just isn’t quite as good! I want to lick the chocolate off of my fingers every time. So I definitely approve of your dessert and your photos — and I really wish I lived in that 4-mile radius!!

  25. I’m SO making these but GF!!! They look Ah-Maz-Ing!!!!!

  26. I’ve been meaning to make something like these… I have seen them with Reeses cups in the middle (that might be a little overboard on the sugar). Thanks for the tips!

  27. I’m so glad you tried four times. So, so glad. These look like a perfect weekend treat, or after school treat, or company is coming treat. . . . Brownies and chocolate chip cookies – you just combined my kids’ two favorite sweets into one. And I totally agree about under-baking, AND the fact that sometimes boxed brownie mix is the only way it can be done.

  28. Danielle says:

    Oh my goodness, they look so yummy! I’ve made these, not this recipe, back at Christmas for my family get together. They were a big hit! You can go wrong with brownies and chocolate chip cookies, especially together! Will have to try your recipe out soon!!!

  29. These look fantastic! The perfect treat. Sometimes it’s hard to make brownies from scratch that even taste as good as a mix. Why go to the trouble if it’s not as good right?

  30. Happy Birthday!!! What a great way to celebrate…these are going to get me major wife points!!

  31. Those look amazing. If you want to make it a little more unhealthy but add some extra yumminess, you should try adding a layer of oreos in between! I don’t know if you’ve seen them around the web, they’re called slutty brownies, but they are amazing! Love the blog and the work you’re doing.

  32. Love that video, Lindsay – how absolutely ridiculously cute are “your” kids? I wouldn’t want to be missing playtime either. Actually, I think maybe they should institute playtime at my office….

    MMM, gooey chocolate brownies – love those as well. 😉

  33. These look like the perfect yummy goodness to indulge in after a long day…one of those things that will make you feel so much better, -life’s pleasurable moments!

  34. These look delicious! I can’t wait to bake them for my ladies at the office!

  35. omg, these pictures are to die for. I gotta try this this weekend!

  36. All I want to do is face plant in these!

  37. Underbaking is the only way to go! :)

  38. Gooeyness = love. Underbaking makes the world go round. These look amazing!

  39. Love the photos!
    I can relate about the heat. Its just so hot this summer. (Im in Luzon) I’ve stopped baking for awhile because of it.

  40. Stephanie says:

    I saw this recipe at but there was no directions. I’m glad I found this recipe. My kids is going to love these yummy treats.

  41. underbaking rules! but oh my gee…these brownies are killing me!

  42. I love that yOur food blog has a mission attached to it. Makes it so much more meaningful! Well done with dedicating your life to a bigger purpose.

  43. Underbaking is the key to gooey, dessert success! I think these will get made tomorrow for my son’s football team!

  44. Jennifer says:

    I am making these RIGHT NOW!. I can’t wait to feed my face with them!

  45. Um, OKAY. You convinced me!

    (By the way, when I try to pin from this page, all the image sizes come out super small – like 200ish by 200ish. I haven’t had this problem when pinning other posts from your site, just thought I’d let you know in case you can reproduce the issue yourself and others are having it too. The bigger images look so great on Pinterest!)

  46. These look amazing! I just want to dive face first into a gooey slab of these :)

  47. Michael Parks says:

    Just pulled these out of the oven. They smell AMAZING. Can’t wait to dig in to one with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on top. Just one question. I had a little bit of left over dough as well. How long and at what temperature do I bake the extra cookie dough at?

  48. WOW these are ridiculously incredible! I just made them the other day and am in love :) I had to bake mine for almost an hour to avoid brownie soup, but I just kept them covered with foil and they turned out perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious treat! I wrote about it here:

  49. Imitation is the highest form of a compliment! Here is my blog link making your amazing brownies…

    Thank you!

  50. Hi Lindsey! I made these on Sunday and they were gone on Monday night. My kids loved them and the Hubs really liked the gooey-ness of the brownie. The foil technique worked perfectly and I do love those Ghirardelli brownies, too–They are the best!! Thanks for a great recipe that’s definitely a keeper

  51. I made these and the peanut butter oreo brownies a few weeks ago..

    They were delicious. Only issue I had was converting all the measurements from cups, thank the Lord for google.

    Thank you for such a fab recipe, since finding it I’ve started a blog so I’ve given you a follow and can’t wait to get more yummy ideas.


  52. Have you ever made them as cupcakes? Want to try it, but not sure if I should just put one ball of cookie dough in each brownie cup and tent with foil for doneness?? Just wondering what you thought. Thanks!

  53. I do not have brownie mix at the moment and the recipe to which you referenced said that it is for 2 square pans. You said to use a square pan so does that mean I should cut the brownie recipe in half?

  54. Haha, I am also a secret underbaker! I just love when they are gooey! Especially when they are just out of the oven! Yum!

  55. Joann Palermo says:

    I make these but with a layer of oreos in between the brownie and cookie dough. I’m going to use your cookie recipe though.

    Thanks for all the great recipes! I made the cauliflower sauce and my daughter that hates vegies requests it all the time :)

  56. can i use whole wheat flour? or CAKE AND PASTRY flour?

    • I would stick with the original all-purpose flour if you’re using this recipe. But look for another recipe that uses those flours and you could just drop that dough into the brownies and bake like directed here.

  57. Just wanted to let you know I made these last week and they were a hit with everyone who tried them. I believe one quote was “this is the best thing I’ve ever eaten.” I made mine with mini-chocolate chips and the dark chocolate Ghiradelli mix and they were great. Thanks for the detailed instructions for baking time/strategy.
    p.s. I’m making another batch tonight with the leftover dough. :-)

  58. I might have kind of drooled on my keyboard a little when I saw this. There goes my diet.. lol But seriously I almost did start drooling. So AMAZING!!!

  59. i think this recipe looks good but i cant find the actual recipe. i am a 12 year old girl who is having a cooking party with my best friend faith and i need this recpe. can someone help me find the recipe or show mw how to find it on here?

  60. I baked this yesterday but used the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate brownie recipe mix and put in some walnuts… it was so good and my friends loved it! :) Bookmarked in my favourite recipe list! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  61. I ate so much cookie dough before I baked them, I think I may die haha. Consequently, I don’t think I make the cookies thick enough. I’m sad. =(
    There’s always next time! and there WILL be a next time! Great recipe! =)

  62. Hi, the brownies look yummy. How long can they be kept? And can they be stored in a tin or do I have to keep them refridgerated? Thank you

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  64. I atempted to make these today and it was a disaster! The cookie dough sunk into the brownies and 40 minutes in the oven and it’s not cooked! It looks like jello and it seeping over the top of the glass 8×8 pan I used. Where did I go wrong???

    • Yikes! That’s no good. What kind of brownies did you use? Was the mix a regular sized box mix or did you make them from scratch? It sounds like there’s too much batter in there.

  65. I’d have to agree, the Ghirardelli brownie mixes are the best! I also underbake my cookies so they stay soft and moist longer. The cookies still cook on the hot cookie sheet out of the oven so we have to take that into consideration.

  66. This is a great recipe, I made them for the first time last week and they were eaten up pretty quickly. The only thing is that I underbaked in order to have a chewy brownie, but I found my cookies were still harder than I’d like (even though I covered them), this is something I’ll have to play around wtih. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  67. Hello!

    These look delicious. I was thinking about trying to make this into a cake. Do you think they would bake right in two circle pans or maybe just do a double batch and layer them?


  68. K I really need an answer. I’ve made these twice now and have the same problem. I’m following your recipe to a tee. Using an 8×8 pan, the exact brownie mix you state and your cookie recipe. I did everything exactly. When I take them out to cover them, the brownies grow and puff up so much and the cookie to brownies ratio is so bad. It’s like there’s no cookie even there. Are you sure it’s right to put the whole brownie mix in the pan???? I really think there’s a mess up here. You state in the recipe not to use all the dough for the cookies, so I didn’t. But why is this happening? We cut into them and it’s like so much brownie to no cookie. It doesn’t look anything like yours or the others that linked theirs.

    What is the deal? I hate this about blogs. I’m following so close and it’s still screwed up.

    • Hi Hayley, I did use the whole brownie mix and that’s what I always do. For your situation, I would suggest using a bigger pan (square or even 9×13) and using all or most of the cookie dough. It won’t be the same as what you see here, but the brownies will bake more evenly and the cookie layer will be more even across the top since you have a bigger space to work with. And since you’re getting too much brownie with this method, that will help even out the brownie to cookie ratio. Watch it more closely in the oven because since the brownie layer will be spread thinner, in my experience it will not need as much time to bake (that is, if you still want them a little fudgy and soft). Hope that helps!

      • I’m just trying to understand why this is happening. I’m doing your recipe just like you state. I used a square 8×8 pan just like you say. What’s the deal? Your recipe doesn’t always work is that it??

        • Hi Hayley,

          When I used an 8×8 pan to make these cookie-brownies I eyed the amount of cookie dough I was putting on the brownies…by the time I finished putting on the cookie dough I had a pan that was about half brownie mix and half cookie dough. It worked out fine, so it could be that you just need to but more cookie dough in,

          • My pan was over flowing as it was. Why is this only happening to me? I don’t get it. 8×8 pan… A whole brownie mix and then the cookie dough. My bro owner layer was so thick and the cookie layer was like non existent and the pan was over flowing.

            How does yours look like a thin layer of each all nice and level.

          • Hi Hayley, feel free to send me a picture like I mentioned in email! That might help me understand what’s happening.

  69. Can’t wait to make these tomorrow for the Super Bowl! Has anyone tried them in a 9×13 pan? I was going to use 2 brownie mixes to make them thick like they seem to be here. Thoughts?

    • DEFINITELY do two packages if you want them thick. I always do it that way whether making these or just plain old brownies.

      • Doubled them and made in a deep 9×13 ceramic pan. They were a hit! Next time I’ll bake longer though because the inside ones were pretty gooey.

  70. Hi! What a yummy looking recipe!
    I have a question – which might seem a bit silly, but I am a beginner and baking is not an intuitive thing to me yet, so just to double check that some crazy reaction/overbaked cookie dough or something won’t happen.
    I was thinking of making these upside down – cookie on the bottom, brownie on the top (so I can put some icing on the top later and still have the nice two colors). Do you think this would work too?
    Thank youuu! :)

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  73. I always underbake too! It makes everything better! Thanks for sharing this- looks wonderful :)

  74. I am SO making these for my son’s teacher! She’s coming back to school from maternity leave. He is so excited! Thanks :)

  75. ummmm, baked for over an hour & still super duper gooey. at 35 minutes the inside was still liquid. i think it is the 9×9 pan being filled nearly to the top? also, the cookie recipe is awesome but also very gooey (sticky, heavy)– i’d add more flour next time to get the desired crumble-ability for the top.

    • Hi Trish, I always use a 9×9 pan so maybe the heat just needs to be turned up? did you use all the cookie dough? It should just be about half that gets used in this recipe (half of the batch can be saved for regular cookie baking). Also, it will probably be gooey on the inside when you first take it out – it needs to sit and cool for a while before you cut into it.

      • You always use a 9×9?? Why does your recipe say to use an 8×8 then? This is an important detail that could be causing peoples recipes to screw up. My attempts have always failed at an 8×8 so I don’t get why this recipe fails. How does yours not overflow when you pour a whole mix into an 8×8?? Your pictures look like your brownies don’t even rise? Do they rise?

        • I misspoke – just measured and it’s an 8×8 like the recipe says. Hayley, it sounds like you have too much batter and dough in the pan if it’s overflowing. I don’t know why (maybe the brand of brownies?) but I would suggest just filling your pan half way full or using a larger pan. Like I said in my previous comment, I’m happy to look at a picture of your brownies to try to figure out what’s going wrong if you email me one.

  76. Kate :) says:

    I tried this a couple days ago and it turned out amazing! I’m usually terribly at baking, trust me, but I followed the recipe exactly and it was amazing. I baked it in a round pan because I didn’t have a glass square one so it looked like a cake. I also used parchment paper to avoid sticking to the pan. I baked it for about 38 minutes total and the brownie was a little gooey while the cookie part was crunchy. I have leftover cookie dough that I’m going to try and make chocolate chip cookies with! I love this blog, thanks for the recipe!

  77. I followed the recipe exactly, and was left with raw dough (not goo. raw dough.). After an HOUR AND A HALF in the oven. ??

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  79. I’ll begin with your dish looks yummy! I have three questions. Does it have to be baked in a glass pan and if so why? Have you tried this with a peanut butter cookie, also have you tried making these into actual cookies? When I began looking, I was looking for a brownie peanut butter cookie combination in a cookie form. That is how I ended up at your site and looking at your delicious dish. I thought maybe you’d be able to help me, please and thank you!!

    • I just find that it bakes best and doesn’t get stuck in a glass pan, but I think any kind could work. And peanut butter cookies! yum!

      • Paula Wood says:

        I’ve got a pan of these baking right now! Can’t wait!!! Definitely my family’s favorite two baked goodies. They’re going to gobble them right up!

  80. THANK GOODNESS for this. I don’t make chocolate chip cookies other than homemade, so glad to hear that you do the boxed brownies… This is going to be tested out today! Homemade cookies, boxed brownies and just use the foil as suggested. Hope my co-workers (and ok… kids can be the testers) like them!

  81. Love this recipe! I made it for my family on Super Bowl Sunday and they loved it!

  82. what do u mean by covering and uncovering the brownies. do u mean cover the whole pan with foil or putting the foil underneath the brownies cause I am confused????

    • Hi, Karina. When the recipe says “covered” it means that there is foil placed over the top of the pan. In the notes, it says “I did the first 20 minutes uncovered, the next 10 minutes covered, and the last 5 minutes uncovered.” So basically, put the pan in the oven with NO FOIL for 20 minutes, then put FOIL ON for the next 10 minutes, and then NO FOIL again for the last 5 minutes of baking. Does that help?

  83. I covered these, as the recipe states… did not bake well. I can appreciete gooey as much as the next person…. but the middle was not cooked while the edges were evenly cooking. I had to keep them in, uncovered until the middle reached gooey which resulted in a burned bottom, a browned top, overcooked ends and 2 disappointed mini bakers (my daugher and her friend) we picked this because it sounded good and easy. Be careful covering these.

  84. Made these for the Fourth if Huly and followed the covered/uncovered instructions to the letter! They came out absolutely perfectly with a bit of crunch to the topping ending with the soft brownie. Huge hit with everyone. Confession- 1) hardest part of the recipe was not eating entire hot pan full of brownies with a spoon but couldn’t hide that with guests coming and 2) I might have thrown the remaining chips in the bag into the brownie batter. Please don’t tell anyone. They were sinful. Terrific creative ingenious recipe and Lindsay’s usual clear workable recipe. Love this one! Thanks Lindsay!

  85. made these and everyone loved them (not surprised, the recipe sounded amazing just from reading it). i did find that it took 70 minutes to bake, although i’m fairly certain the oven was a touch too cool AND i used too much cookie (i used about 3/4 of it). i bumped up the temp to 375f and cut it into 16ths for the last 10 minutes, and that really helped.

  86. Annmarie says:

    I know this is a really old post but I found it about two months ago and now this is my go to dessert to take to friends, made it five times already. It has been a hit every time and I am making it this week with some mini-M&M’s in the cookie dough for a friends birthday for a more festive look.

  87. It must have been fate that I found this page. I tried making some the other day with Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate brownies and I was so worried because they take so long to cook. They came out edible but not very good so I’m glad that this was here. As soon as I saw you used Ghirardelli I got so happy. Can’t wait to try this out.

  88. These look amazing and yay for under-baking! I always do that too :-) I will for sure have to try these!

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