Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies: Take Two

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Once upon a time I made a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies recipe.  I loved them, I shared them on my blog, and readers either loved them or not.  

There were a few “observations” made about my version of this totally-awesome-brownie-recipe that were sinking into my soul… which caused me to lose sleep at night (not really, but I added that for dramatic effect…)  I LOVE MY FIRST VERSION THE WAY IT IS… but I decided to listen those observations to see if I could create an even better Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe and make everyone happy!  Here it is!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Observation #1:

The cookie dough is “grainy.”  Well, I’ve got news for y’all.  Cookie dough is grainy. That’s just the way it is.  In this version, I melted the butter and then whisked in the sugars to see if I could make it less grainy and more dissolved… it might be a little better, but it’s still grainy.  If you’re a cookie dough lover then you know what I mean and you don’t care.  Cookie dough is just (by nature) grainy!  Someone had suggested trying powdered sugar to avoid the whole grainy-thing.  I wasn’t into that.  Real chocolate chip cookie dough must have both white granulated sugar and brown sugar or it doesn’t taste like chocolate chip cookie dough.  So there.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Observation #2:

The cookie dough layer isn’t thick enough.  In this version, the brownies are baked in a 9×9- inch pan.  The brownie layer and the cookie dough layer are just about even.  That should satisfy just about everyone, right?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Observation #3:

The brownie layer isn’t fudgy… or it has no flavor (in other words… it’s not good).  This (new and improved) brownie layer is FUDGY.  Though I have to admit, I don’t think anything is wrong with the original chocolate chip cookie dough brownies recipe.  I like both, but I do like this one better.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Observation #4:

The cookie dough layer doesn’t stick to the brownie layer.  I don’t have this problem, so let me share exactly how I construct my brownies so it works per-fec-to:  I bake my brownies in a pan lined with parchment paper, then I put them in the refrigerator until they are all cooled down and pretty firm.  While the brownies are baking, I make the cookie dough and then refrigerate it until the cookie dough is chilled and easy to work with (firm-ish).  Then I take the brownies out of the fridge, wet my hands (or spray them with nonstick spray) and pat the cookie dough on top of the brownies into an even layer.  Then I wrap the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate the brownies until they are firm.  Take the brownies out of the pan and place them on a cutting board.  Because I’m obsessed with neat edges, I use a very sharp, large knife to cut off all of the edges, then I cut the brownies into small, clean pieces.  Clean pieces require that you wipe your knife with a paper towel between cuts.

That’s it!  You’ve learned all of my secrets.  And now you can make my new-and-improved version of this chocolate chip cookie dough brownies recipe.  By all means, let me know what you think of them… and if you have any feedback about these!  Hopefully, they are perfect.  That’s the goal here.  See, I listen to my readers… and keep workin’ it to make you happy and satisfied!  It’s a tough job (you know… re-testing chocolate chip cookie dough brownies over and over again to find the perfect version), but somebody has to do it, right? 🙂

How to make eating raw flour safe:

I know there are concerns about eating flour that hasn’t been cooked.  Here’s the solution, if you are worried about that. Toast your flour in the oven before using in this recipe.  You’ll just put the flour in a pan and toast it at 350 degrees. F. for 5 minutes. That will kill any potential bacteria in the flour, and you can feel safe to use it in an uncooked cookie dough recipe.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

A delicious layer of chocolate chip cookie dough sits on top of a fudgy brownie layer.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 530kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip cookie dough brownies, cookie dough brownies



  • 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


  • 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature or almost melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (see RECIPE NOTES below)
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • additional miniature chocolate chips, if desired (to sprinkle on top)



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x9-inch pan with nonstick spray, then line with a strip of parchment paper so that it covers the bottom and comes up two sides of the pan. Spray the parchment with nonstick spray too.
  • In a microwave safe bowl (or in the top of a double boiler or pan set on top of a pan of simmering water), microwave in 30 second bursts to melt butter and chocolate chips together until all is melted and smooth. Whisk in the sugars, then whisk in the eggs, vanilla and salt. Sift flour into the bowl and stir that in too. Scrape the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the brownie layer is cooked through (toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean). Place the pan of brownies in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process (or cool at room temperature and add the cookie dough layer later).


  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, sugars and salt until soft and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Mix in the milk and vanilla. Sprinkle in the flour and mix in until combined. Stir in the 1 cup of chocolate chips. Scoop the cookie dough onto the top of the brownies and spread onto the brownie layer. I find that it's easiest to do this if the brownie layer is chilled and firm. Wet your hands or spray them with nonstick spray and pat the cookie dough on top in a even layer. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on top to create a nicer, visual appearance. For easy, clean cutting, chill the brownies (wrap the brownies with plastic wrap and chill until firm- 1 to 2 hours or up to 2 days).


  • Run a knife along the sides of the brownie pan and then use the parchment paper to lift the brownies from the pan and onto a cutting board. Slice the brownies with a sharp knife, wiping the knife with a paper towel between cuts. If you'd like all of your slices of brownies to look clean-cut without edges, use the knife to cut the sides of the brownies off before cutting pieces. Keep brownies slices covered and chilled until ready to serve.



  • If you are worried about eating raw flour, you can cook it in the oven before using it in this recipe.  Sprinkle the flour on a cookie sheet and toast it at 350 degrees. F for 5 minutes.  This will kill any potential bacteria in the flour.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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  • Maria Wilson wrote:

    Thank you so much for a delicious recipe that was easy to follow. My family loves it !! Thank you ?

  • Chelsea W wrote:

    I have to stop by to tell you that these are amazing and absolutely the best brownie recipe I’ve tried. People ask me to make these all the time. For the wow factor they provide, they are so easy. Thank you!

  • Catherine wrote:

    What if you only have 13 by 9 pan rectangle do you double the recipe? Please need info making tonight

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yeah, I’d probably double. Will be thick though!

  • Toni wrote:

    This was really amazing! My kids can’t enough of this!

  • Alli wrote:

    These are the best things in the world. Seriously two of my faves in one, they were delicious.

  • Sarah Skaggs wrote:

    This is delicious and for the record I love the first recipe too! Cookie dough is cookie dough, people! haha

  • lauren kelly wrote:

    Holy moly these are amazing! They didn’t last long over here!

  • Billy wrote:

    These are so incredibly delicious! Such a fun twist on my two favorite sweets to eat!

  • Mawy wrote:

    Very easy to make. Very good if you live for brownies and cookie dough!

  • Erica wrote:

    Made these last night! They turned out great! I doubled the recipe in order to make a full brownie pan. I made our traditional brownie recipe though, and used your recipe for the cookie dough topping. I let both chill separately in the fridge before pressing together. Wiping off a sharp knife is key for clean cuts. With regards to the raw flour, I looked up how to make raw flour safe to eat. You just spread the amount on a cookie tray and bake at 350 degrees for 6 mins. You just have to sift it into the cookie dough mixture after toasting because toasting it made some chunks.