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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 those fudgy underbaked chocolate chip cookie brownies, 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.

These easy chocolate chip cookie brownies have my very favorite chocolate chip cookie dough baked into the top layer of decadent, fudgy brownies. | pinchofyum.com

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.

These easy chocolate chip cookie brownies have my very favorite chocolate chip cookie dough baked into the top layer of decadent, fudgy brownies. | pinchofyum.com

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.

These easy chocolate chip cookie brownies have my very favorite chocolate chip cookie dough baked into the top layer of decadent, fudgy brownies. | pinchofyum.com

6. MILK. Milk milk milk milk milk.

These easy chocolate chip cookie brownies have my very favorite chocolate chip cookie dough baked into the top layer of decadent, fudgy brownies. | pinchofyum.com

I’m out, you guys. It’s playtime.

Have a chocolate chip cookie brownie filled weekend!

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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 stick salted butter (1/2 cup, very soft)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 18.9 ounce brownie mix – my all-time favorite is Ghirardelli Double Chocolate


  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 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 2/3 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.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate chip cookie brownies, cookie brownies, brownie recipe

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!

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      Reyna Brown

      I’m so sad. These were so underdone. Even after 45 min. We cut, cried, then put them back in the oven with foil again. The edges are super crispy. The prognosis isn’t good. But I’m hopeful!

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        Lindsey Jones

        Same! The outside cooked but the middle didn’t. I believe because the recipe says baking soda when it should have been baking powder. Next time try powder.

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!)

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

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

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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! 🙂

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      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. 🙂

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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)!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!

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      same here I perfected my mom’s brownie recipe but it uses cocoa powder not melted chocolate chips maybe that’s why this recipe came out fine for me. also the cookie dough with walnuts as a regular cookie is absolutely amazing

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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.)

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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!!