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.
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.
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.
6. MILK. Milk milk milk milk milk.
I’m out, you guys. It’s playtime.
Have a chocolate chip cookie brownie filled weekend!
- 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)
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare brownie batter as directed. Pour batter into a glass 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish. Scatter pieces of cookie dough over the top of the brownie batter. In my 8×8 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.
- 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.