Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

*If you are visiting this post for the first time, you may wish to visit my “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies Take Two” post- a more recent post where I share (what I think is) a better version of these brownies! ┬áThese are good too- but I took the comments suggested in this post and created a new recipe based on feedback.

Okay, Cookie Dough Lovers. I gave you those Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles a few weeks ago, and now I’m giving you Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies! The raw dough is egg-free, of course. Cookie dough is definitely my nemesis. I love the stuff. I try not to love it, but I love it anyways. Whatever the cookie, whatever the dough… it’s usually some pretty good stuff to nibble. Yeah, I know it has raw egg in it. Yeah, I know that some people are grossed out by it and all. But my Momma raised me right- to sample raw cookie dough (and I continue to live to tell about it). Good thing I’m a runner.

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I first saw these in a bakery in Maine a few years back. They were a fudgy brownie with a thick layer of cookie dough stacked on top. I inquired about the egg thing, and the baker informed me that they just make the cookie dough without any egg in it. Then it’s completely safe for weary-raw-dough-eaters to eat. I’ve had these in my head for three years now, and I’ve finally decided to give them a go.

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I’d say I had some major success with this recipe. The brownie part is extra fudgy, and I used mini- chocolate chips so as not to overwhelm the dough. And I kicked it all up a notch by adding a chocolate drizzle on top. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’m a drizzler.

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These chocolate chip cookie dough brownies are easiest to eat when placed in little cupcake wrappers. Just stick a fork in them and they’re a take-and-go dessert. Keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them. I brought them to my son’s school for a teacher appreciation luncheon last week, and the platter was completely clear when I returned to pick up. I think they liked them :)

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Yield: 32 brownies

Prep Time: 30 min + cooling time

Cook Time: 25 min

*If you are visiting this post for the first time, you may wish to visit my "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies Take Two" post- a more recent post where I share (what I think is) a better version of these brownies!

Ingredients:

BROWNIE:
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup salted butter, melted
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup mini- chocolate chips

COOKIE DOUGH (EGG FREE!):
**See Tips Below...**
3/4 cup salted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup semisweet chips + 1 teaspoon shortening for drizzle, optional

Directions:

1. Prepare the brownies: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick spray. In a medium glass bowl, melt chocolate in the microwave in short bursts of 30 seconds; stir after each burst and remove from microwave when melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk those in too. Mix in melted chocolate. Whisk in the flour and mix just until combined (don't over-mix). Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 25 to 35 minutes. Watch closely and remove from oven when toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.

2. Prepare the cookie dough: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Mix in milk and vanilla. Mix in flour just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Spread cookie dough over the cooled brownies. Refrigerate until the dough is quite firm. It's okay to speed up the process and place it in the freezer too. The firmer the dough, the easier it will be to cut into neat squares. Use a sharp knife to cut the brownies. You may need to wipe the knife off with a paper towel in between cuts since the fudgy brownies and cookie dough will tend to stick to the knife a bit. These brownies are best to serve placed inside cupcake papers and served with a fork.

4. If you'd like to add chocolate drizzle on top, melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 1 teaspoon of shortening in the microwave; stir until smooth. Scoop the melted chocolate into a zip baggie and snip off the corner. Squeeze the bag to drizzle the chocolate on top of each brownie. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top, if desired.

Tips:

*You'll find that the cookie dough layer is quite sweet. If you'd like a thin layer of cookie dough, prepare the recipe as directed above. If you'd like a thicker layer of dough as pictured, use these ingredients for the dough instead of what is listed above:
1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups miniature chocolate chips

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