Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Brownies are sort of like cheesecake, aren’t they? There’s nothing better than the perfect dense, fudgy brownie, just like not much can beat a classic piece of creamy cheesecake. Yet with both of these desserts we’re always fiddling around with different versions, swirling things in and layering things on the top and the bottom (incidentally, peanut butter goes well with both!). It’s an endless merry go round of dessert experimentation, where there really can never be a bad result. Feel free to check out all of my brownie recipes and cheesecake recipes to see how many times I have spun around this little kitchen carousel. But like a little kid at the amusement park, you never want the ride to stop, so we keep going… which is where these amazing brownies come in.

When I first saw these over on RecipeGirl I stopped in my tracks. Aside from looking amazing, they were pure genius. I’ve done the whole chocolate chip cookie/brownie combo, but chocolate chip cookie dough?! SO much better! The topping for these brownies is very similar to the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip that a friend passed along to me years and years ago, which is always a huge hit. Both the dip and the topping for these brownies are egg-free, so no raw egg consumption. (Your mom just breathed a sigh of relief.)

You know how milk and cookies go well together? And how it’s great to wash down a rich brownie with a glass of milk? Yeah, you’re going to need at least one glass of milk after one of these babies – they are sweet and rich, and everything that is right with the world.

Back to the merry-go-round to do more kitchen experiments!

One year ago: Homemade Pop-Tarts
Two years ago: Chunky Pecan Pie Bars
Three years ago: Pasta Fagioli

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies

Yield: 32 brownies

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Brownie:
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour

For the Cookie Dough:
¾ cup unsalted butter
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons whole milk
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Prepare the Brownies: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch pan with foil, with enough to hang over all four sides. Butter the foil. In a medium glass bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract, scraping the bowl as needed. Mix in the melted chocolate until combined. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour and mix just until combined (don't over-mix). Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.

2. Prepare the Cookie Dough: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer on medium speed to combine the butter and both sugars. Add the milk and vanilla and mix until combined. Reduce the speed to low and mix in the flour just until combined. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chips.

3. Spread the cookie dough over the cooled brownies. Refrigerate until the dough is firm, about an hour. Use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter (my favorite way to slice brownies!) to cut the brownies. Store the brownies in an airtight container at cool room temperature or in the refrigerator.

(Recipe adapted from RecipeGirl.com)

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188 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies”

  1. Jen of My Tiny Oven on July 21, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Seriously! Your recipes just keep getting more and more amazing. I can’t wait to try this one! You rock!

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  2. Katrina on July 21, 2011 at 12:43 am

    These sound so yummy! Love these!

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  3. Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) on July 21, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Well, if they are everything that is right with the world, then I had better make them and try them for myself! They look incredibly mouth watering.

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  4. Kathleen on July 21, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I LOVE these!!!

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  5. Maggie on July 21, 2011 at 1:16 am

    These look so good! Weird question, but something I’ve had issues with before when making layered brownies…did you have any problems with the layers separating once you cut them into bars? I made s’mores brownies from another site recently and the top layer just wouldn’t adhere to the cooked brownie portion. Total disaster. I only ask because I really want to make these, but I think I’m scarred from the s’mores brownies mess still!

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    • Michelle on July 21st, 2011 at 11:16 am

      Hi Maggie, I know what you mean, but these layers stuck together beautifully – no separation at all!

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    • Sara on October 28th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I am trying this. It looks good!!! Maggie, I made a smore bars as well. First time it was a disaster, but when I made it second time, The top layers were divided in squares. It was easy that way. Michelle, hank you for sharing!

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    • Maegan on May 11th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      I actually had that happen to me on these brownies when I made them. I will fully admit that I am an inexperienced baker so I may not have made them correctly, but when I cut them up the cookie dough seperated from the brownies. The cookie dough tasted fine but not good enough to eat on it’s own. The brownies however were amazing. I am actually making just the brownie part right now!

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  6. Jaclyn@todayslady on July 21, 2011 at 2:59 am

    If these taste as amazing as they look then they must be delicious! They look perfect!!

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  7. Ruth on July 21, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Cookie dough? Brownies? I’m in! Bring on the glasses of milk!!

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  8. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 21, 2011 at 5:34 am

    I’m pretty confident that you just made my wildest dreams come true…

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  9. Sasha (The Procrastobaker) on July 21, 2011 at 5:40 am

    uhm…wow…! I definitely wouldnt be able to resist these, it would be far too dangerous to have a batch of them living in my fridge tempting me! Gorgeous recipe as always, and your photos are lovelllyy :)

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  10. Blog is the New Black on July 21, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I can’t wait to make these! They look gorgeous, too!

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  11. Kelly @ Kell's Kitchen on July 21, 2011 at 6:07 am

    These look good!

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  12. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on July 21, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Cookie dough anything is always a win!

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  13. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on July 21, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Wow, amazing! I would like one of these for my breakfast right now :)

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  14. Heather (Heather's Dish) on July 21, 2011 at 7:46 am

    oh.
    my.
    gosh.

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  15. Sweettwist_Meg on July 21, 2011 at 8:28 am

    WOW! I need to make these!!

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  16. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie on July 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

    These look delicious!

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  17. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking on July 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

    These have been added to the list! My kids will go nuts for these, especially since cookie dough ice cream is their favorite.

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  18. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray on July 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Speechless! These are a thing of beauty.

    (I have been known to make cookie dough solely for the purpose of eating–not baking–it.)

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  19. Jessica @ Bake a Little on July 21, 2011 at 9:49 am

    These look delicious! What a great idea! I made something similar called a Snickerdoodle Chocolate Chip Blondie with Brownie Bottom! I love bars with layers.

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  20. Georgia on July 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I love how you always tell how to “store” a recipe once it’s cooked.

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  21. Erin on July 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I was sitting here this morning juggling different recipes, trying to decide what to make. Recipe Girl’s recipe for these was one of them and I think you may have just tipped the scales.

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  22. Sara on July 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Wow. This look so good. I prefer cookies over brownies and my hubby is the opposite, so, this might just be the perfect treat for my house. :)

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  23. Susan Ayers on July 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Oh crap.. there goes my diet :-)

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  24. Tara on July 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Oh, man. Your picture. I made these a few years ago (from Lovin’ from the Oven’s site) and they were KILLER. I cut them into teeny squares and served them during break time in a college class, and I was instantly popular. Seriously people, this recipe could help someone win the presidential election or something. Insane.

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  25. shelly (cookies and cups) on July 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

    These look great! I did some similar a while back too and they are every bit as delicious as they look. How can you go wrong with brownies and cookie dough?!
    :)

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  26. Joan on July 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Oh my…I want to take a bite out of my computer monitor. Great recipe!!!!

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  27. Mykie on July 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

    There is something about layers of delicious…more things should be layered. 😉

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  28. Natalie on July 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I have bin making brownies almost just like this for about 3 years or so……. So good!!

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  29. Jamie on July 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I cannot wait to try these.

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  30. Steph@stephsbitebybite on July 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Oh my lordy! I am making these tonight!!

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  31. The Chocolate Priestess on July 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    YUM! Those look so pretty as well.

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  32. Dani Katarina on July 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    My oh My oh My!!!!! that has got to be the best thing I have ever seen in my life!!

    Can anyone guess what I’ll be baking this weekend??? 😉

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  33. CouponClippingCook on July 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I love that the cookie dough doesn’t have raw eggs. What an amazing combination of flavors too!

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  34. Lacy DeVeney on July 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Wow this sounds and looks delicious! Brownies & cookie dough all in one, I love it.

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  35. Leanna @ Raptortoe on July 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Dear GOD these look AMAZING!!

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  36. Sandra on July 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I want to go make these right this moment. However all we have is 1% milk. I guess I’ll have to wait, or run to the store. :p

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  37. Becki's Whole Life on July 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    These look wonderful. I love that the cookie dough on top is not cooked. Yum!!

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  38. Anise on July 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    With that much butter, I’m pretty sure I will end up in the heaven I feel when eating these! O.o

    I’m going to make them this weekend! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  39. Jess on July 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    These look good enough to make me want to fire up the oven and bake them right away, even in this heat…and that’s saying something!

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  40. Ashli @ http://talesofaculinaryfoodie.wordpress.com/ on July 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    These look beyond delicious! I can’t really resist brownies or cookies… not to mention the two put together in one dessert!

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  41. Tykisha Pulliam on July 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Delaware is in the middle of a wicked heat wave and the news has been advising people to only go outside if absolutely necessary…But after seeing these, I will most certainly be making a quick trip to the supermarket tomorrow. These are the most beautiful brownies that I’ve ever laid eyes on!

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  42. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! on July 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I haven’t been this excited to bake since…4th of July! 😛 Can’t wait to taste them!!

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  43. Happy When Not Hungry on July 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    These look fabulous! Brownies and cookie dough? Yum!

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  44. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on July 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    These are so good! I tried them when Recipegirl posted them! Yours look gorgeous!

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  45. Joy on July 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    OMG this recipe is so cool.

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  46. Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Oh my, those look absolutely incredible! Yum 😀

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  47. Jessica on July 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Oooohhh girl you gotta stop doing this to me. My will power can only stand so much! 😉

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  48. Kristen on July 22, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Holy deliciousness, these look awesome!! Thanks!!

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  49. Rachel@TimeforGoodFood on July 22, 2011 at 8:25 am

    This is genius — so trying these! For the brownie part, can I sub cocoa powder? I wonder what the proper proportions would be. Just curious because I don’t have any baking chocolate and I want to make this RIGHT NOW! :)

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    • Barbara Skinner on August 5th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Generally you can sudbstitue 3 Tbsp of cooca powder + 1 Tbsp of butter (or oil) for each 1 oz of unsweetened chocolate,

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  50. paul li on July 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Yum!Nice recipe.

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  51. Allie on July 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Do you have to use whole milk or will half-and-half or anything but skim milk do?

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    • Michelle on July 25th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      Whole milk is ideal, but you could use 1% or 2% as well. I don’t think I’d go the half-and-half route, as it may be too thick.

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  52. Stefanie on July 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Mmmm, these sound amazing! Love cookie dough, and love brownies, so of course they would be awesome together!

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  53. Nici on July 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I’m SO glad I have parties this weekend. I’ll be making these first thing tomorrow morning. I hope they last til the Sunday night party.

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  54. Diana on July 22, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    What a great idea!! Can’t wait to try these!! Two of my favorite things, brownies and cookie dough, together at last. :-)

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  55. Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) on July 23, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I just made these, and they are AMAZING! Thank you!

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  56. FreeSpiritEater on July 23, 2011 at 4:06 am

    These look and sound AMAZING! Genius! It’s no surprise as to why you’re always on the Top 9, Congrats! I’m bookmarking these so that when my oven is working again I can give these a try, can’t wait! Thanks so much for sharing! =]

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  57. Rachna on July 23, 2011 at 7:25 am

    wow…I wanna make it, but i hv a question that there is no need to bake the cookie dough [upper layer] as it includes flour, I mean is it raw? Confussssed….

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    • Michelle on July 25th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      No, no need to bake the layer. Yes, the flour is raw, but it is incorporated into the other ingredients, so you don’t even taste it.

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  58. Frankie on July 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

    It might be an overstatement, but I think you’re my hero.
    These look awesome!

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  59. Ann on July 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Congratulations on making Food Buzz’s Top 9!!

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  60. Tiffany on July 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Just the TITLE of these brownies made me all giddy inside! The SIGHT of them… left me breathless!

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  61. Barefoot Pregnant And In The Kitchen on July 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I think my husband and kids will love these! They look amazing…. This pregnant mommy has a bit of a brownie obsession…. Can’t wait to try them!!

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  62. Paula Jo @ Outdoor Garden Decor on July 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    These brownies look delicious!! You are always posting great looking desserts that I just have to try. My neighbor is loving all the baking I’m doing because he gets a few of them. Thats me though, I love to share.

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  63. Liz on July 25, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Oh, boy, do these look outstanding! Copied to try ASAP!!!!

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  64. Sarah on July 25, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I’m definitely making these this week. They look awesome!

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  65. Angela on July 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Made these today and overall they were pretty good. Although I found that the cookie dough seemed to over power the brownie taste a tad too much. But hey, if you love cookie dough go for it! I would recommend cooking the brownie for the 25 minutes and not any longer because they were a bit dry.

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  66. Amanda on July 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    But… What SHOULD I use? Salted or unsalted butter? Which would you recommend?

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    • Michelle on July 27th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      I would go the unsalted route. I will amend the recipe to reflect that.

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  67. Alyce on July 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

    These look delish!

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  68. stephanie on July 30, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I think will freeze okay…right?

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  69. Gwyn on July 31, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I made these up & the cookie dough tasted a little bland. I realized there is no salt in the brownie recipe or the cookie dough & so I added a bit of salt to the cookie dough recipe & I think that helped (for my tastes). I definitely preferred them served fresh from the refrigerator, as they warmed up, they just weren’t as yummy. I am curious as to why there isn’t any salt in either recipe. Wondering if that was an oversight?

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    • Kristi Goldsberry on January 22nd, 2013 at 12:26 am

      I noticed the same thing tonight when I made these! I ended up sprinkling them with kosher salt because the flavor seemed flat. I put in a note to add salt to each layer next time. Glad I wasn’t the only one!

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  70. emily on August 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    just made these and they were sooooo easy!! i ate about 1/2 of the cookie dough batter….ummm, divine. now waiting for them to cool in the fridge — can’t wait to see how they turn out!! :) THANK YOU!

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  71. Caitlin on August 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    These look amazing!! Can’t wait to try this recipe later!! =)

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  72. Vanessa K on August 2, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Oh my gosh, these look divine! Would lovee to try these!

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  73. Deborah P on August 2, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I made this recipe on Sunday, and it was almost too rich! I added some salt per a reviewer’s suggestion which i thought was a great idea. This recipe was very easy and good, but the dough was so sweet, a lot of people in my office couldn’t handle it. That being said, they were still good, but they definitely need to be served in small portions and with some milk!

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  74. Flur on August 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I made these yesterday (August 2, 2011) exactly as the recipe states. I have to be honest, I really disliked them. I couldn’t even eat a small piece. The unsweetened chocolate for the brownies just really made the brownies lack that rich smooth sweetness that you come to expect from brownies. Also, the flavors just didn’t blend together in the right way. Using unsalted butter for both the brownies and the cookie dough left it with a really flat taste; nothing to balance out the sweetness.

    I made them for my niece’s 16th birthday and decided not to even serve them. Huge disappointment.

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  75. Tykisha Pulliam on August 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I finally got around to making these today and I think that they were ok…I did follow the advice about the salt and I added about a 1/4 tsp to the cookie dough mixture. I did deviate from the brownie recipe by adding a 1/4 cup of cocoa powder in with flour, a tablespoon of granulated sugar in with the chocolate and I also added 2 tablespoons of sour cream into the batter. A small piece with a glass of milk was more than enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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  76. Barbara Skinner on August 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Stop! – you had me at ‘chocolate’!

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  77. Maggie Rutter on August 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Sugar will take away the potential salmonella from the egg. So never fear adding eggs to any recipe that also has sugar in it!

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_sugar_cook_an_egg#ixzz1UOX4oCCI

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  78. Erin on August 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I made these and my husband and I thought they were good but not the best brownie variation we’ve had. I cut back on the amount of cookie dough layer by reducing all the measurements by 1/3. I’m glad I did this since the amount of sugar in the dough can be overpowering and create a grainy texture. I also added a little salt to both layers. If I make these again I’ll probably further reduce the chocolate chips- it was a bit much for my preference.

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  79. Cathy Oost on August 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Well I guess I don’t like cookie dough as much as I remember. The picture made them look delicious and mine turned out very nice. However they have an amazing amount of butter and sugar and were just too sweet and rich for us.

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  80. Solly on August 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I followed this recipe to the T and it did not come out looking this way with this recipe make out. They were dry and did not taste right. We were so excited to make these too. :-( Later looked at some other recipes and this one is omitting some key ingredients to keep things tasty.

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    • Solly on August 11th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      oh to double up on more information. The cookie dough itself was WAAAAAAAYY to sweet and grainy.

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  81. Tricia on August 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I made these for snack time at work last week– they were a big hit! Thanks for a great recipe!

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  82. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. on August 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    omg these look beyond amazing

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  83. Martha on August 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Ok, made these today, and its another winner! Since I’ve found this site I’ve been baking non-stop every weekend, (Mikey’s Peanut Butter Pie, Hershey’s perfect cake, etc) and every one has been a winner. Thanks for such great recipes with really clear instructions and helpful tips.

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  84. sandi on August 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Wow! these brownies were incredible and i never cheat on brownies.
    (only cheesecake!) like ever! the brownie base was fudgy and dense, like a brownie should be and then the cookie dough topping was soft, yummy and delicious. it was such a genius idea to avoid baking the topping since the cookie dough has a shorter baking time than the brownies. i cant wait to serve these to more people because they are such a crowd pleaser! thanks for the recipe but no thanks for the extra pounds you caused me to gain!
    btw i love your blog and always recommend it to other people who are obsessed with cooking & baking like i am!

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  85. Pete on September 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Just Stumbled this post. These look awesome. Will have to give them a try.

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  86. Claire on September 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I’m not much of a baker, but these might make me try

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  87. SY on September 24, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Hi I made these and the brownie turned out like cake! And it’s a cake that’s not nice too :( may i know what went wrong?? I followed exactly except I halved the recipe.

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    • Michelle on September 26th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Well, I haven’t tested this recipe by halving it. Some recipes can scale with no problems, while others can have issues with the leavening, eggs, etc. Usually though brownies turning cake-like is due to over-mixing of the batter or baking for too long.

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  88. Lenna on September 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I made these brownies last weekend after anticipating them all week. However, I also found them very bland (lack of salt?), and very “fatty” tasting. The 4 eggs made the brownies too fluffy for my liking. I had a big lunch party, and no one went for seconds – even the kids left the brownies untouched after the first bite. I wonder what it would be like to use a denser brownie base and salted butter for the whole recipe. Overall, it was an expensive recipe to waste. I’m not discouraged, though. Some of your other recipes look amazing! And at the end of the day, not everthing will be for everybody.

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  89. Raejean on October 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I made these for my Cub Scout leaders and they loved them – so did my family! I included your link in my Friday Favorites.

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  90. Heather on November 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I just made these and there is something wrong with the quantities in the cookie dough part. I measure everything very precisely when I bake because I don’t want any surprises, but after mixing up the cookie dough, it was so dry it was basically just crumbs – nothing like cookie dough at all. I re-checked the recipe and quantities to make sure I hadn’t left anything out – I hadn’t. I wound up adding 6 Tbspn oil to get it to cookie dough consistency. I think when the eggs were left out of the recipe, nothing was substituted for them, as 3 Tbspn milk and 1.5 tsp of vanilla just aren’t enough liquid to bind that quantity of flour and sugar…..

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    • Heather on November 13th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      Even with the butter….

      However they do get the taste approval of the whole family.

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    • Michelle on November 15th, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Hi Heather, I’m so sorry your cookie dough didn’t turn out well. Mine was definitely creamy, not like crumbs at all. I’m wondering if you’re in particularly dry climate, and that could be part of a problem?

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  91. mariss on November 18, 2011 at 1:19 am

    In reference to the question back in July, about separating layers from brownie and topping- Just a thought; perhaps if you do not wait until the brownie (or bottom of any other like recipe) is not completely cooled before you put the top layer the warmth will act as a “glue”. Of course not warm enough that the top layer would slide off.. lol.

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  92. Claire @couponclippingclaire on November 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    These look great! I am wondering if I could use boxed brownies? I have a bunch I got a good deal on & it would be a $$ saver for me? Just curious, thank you! I found this on Pinterest

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    • Michelle on November 20th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      Hi Claire, Sure, I don’t see why not! Just make sure the box mix makes enough for a 9×13 pan.

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  93. Christine on November 26, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    These were a BIG! BIG! HIT!
    Delicious, light, and not too sweet, Just right!
    A handful of people mentioned the only thing they were disappointed by was that it didn’t have the actual texture of a brownie, other than that no one spoke a word besides mmmm… and I’ll have another piece.

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  94. Danielle on December 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I tried this recipe and it was a hit!!!!! omg so yummy! :) thank you!

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  95. Melanee on December 19, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I have this cookie recipe that I am including and it is really smooth — like a shortbread almost. I’m thinking that people aren’t beating the butter and sugars and milk together long enough to reduce the granulation of the sugar. It needs to be creamed more and the top will stick more and be smoother. I’m including my recipe so people can compare. This recipe below is quite similar and has no eggs. We love eating this dough with it’s smoothness. We’ve been making this for over 25 years and I think that is the trick for you all.
    Choco Chip Pan Cookies(Van Ee)
    Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
    ——– ———— ——————————–
    1 c. butter
    2 c flour
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 c walnuts
    1 c. br sugar
    1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
    Cream butter, vanilla, and brown sugar. Add flour and mix well. Stir in nuts. Pat into ungreased, small cookie sheet (jelly roll pan). Push into top chocolate chips. Bake 20 minutes @ 350 degrees or until lightly browned. Cut while hot. Shortbread like taste.

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  96. dory on October 21, 2012 at 3:51 am

    I just want to ask if the recipe for cookie dough, is all purpose flour really raw. no need to bake it. thanks

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    • Melanee on November 5th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Yes. You are correct – no need to bake. Flour does not need to be cooked. No different than eating oats in granola, etc. Flour is just ground up very fine. I hope that comparison makes sense for you. Enjoy — these are awesome. My 21 year old son even makes these!!

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  97. Jen on November 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Raw flour may actually not be entirely safe, one example here: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/09/news/la-heb-cookie-dough-e-coli-20111209

    However, I will probably be making these anyway!

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  98. Hannah Davidson on November 21, 2012 at 2:06 am

    i think i just had an orgasm in my mouth… these are a m a z i n g. <3

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  99. Mallory on November 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    These are absolutely finominal. The brownie is so moist and soft, the base is very thick, topped with perfectly rich cookie dough. These blew me away!! Probably best brownies I’ll ever make.

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  100. kaydee on November 26, 2012 at 12:37 am

    i was wondering why mine always stick does anyone know how to avoid that?

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  101. Heather on December 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I made these today and they are cooling in the fridge so I haven’t “officially” eaten one yet. I did taste the layers separately and both are fantastic, so it can only get better, right?

    The only problem I ran into is that I did not have enough cookie down to even cover 3/4 of the pan of brownie with a scant 1/2″ layer of dough, never mind the thick layer pictured. I’m not sure why this is (I used all the correct quantities and the correct pan size), but next time I make them I will simply double the quantities in the cookie dough part.

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    • Heather on December 2nd, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Oops, I meant scant 1/4″ layer.

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    • Heather on December 2nd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      My bad. lol Now that I’ve cut the squares, I see the layer of cookie dough is quite thick. I didn’t realize the brownie part was “compressing” so much while I was putting the dough topping on.

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  102. Rachael on December 7, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Holy awesome! These look SUBLIME. Do they have all of the required nutrients and minerals a growing girl needs because I’m about to live on these and nothing else!

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  103. Nadine on December 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

    My son is a raw cookie dough kind of guy. So when he turned 17, I made this for his birthday cake. SCORE!!! He proclaimed it to be THE best birthday cake he’s ever had!!! Thanks for making me look good! :)

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  104. Heather on December 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Is the batter for the brownie suppose to be the consistency of mousse? I have it in the oven with fingers crossed..

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    • Michelle on December 20th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Heather, From what I remember (I haven’t made these in a little while) the batter isn’t too light, but it will probably still be delicious!

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  105. theultimatefoodaddict on December 24, 2012 at 6:12 am

    these look perfect! so yummy and pretty at the same time!

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  106. Linda on December 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    One of my favorite recipes and is fun to make something different than just brownies or chocolate chip cookies. Many positive comments from friends and family.

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  107. StacyB on December 31, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I knew these would be a hit with my 12-year-old daughter and her friends, but I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed when I first made them. However, I discovered, they are MUCH better when thoroughly chilled and served the next day! In fact, I just ate two for breakfast. :) A fun, unique take on a traditional brownie.

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  108. allison on January 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Needs salt – for sure!!

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  109. Pari on January 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    These bars combine two of my favorite things! Can’t wait to make some!

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  110. Michelle on January 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    These are like CRACK!! So yummy, I used a boxed brownie mix for the bottom layer and they were delicious :)

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  111. John Swanson on January 28, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Wow these are totes amaze, I will actually make these for real xox

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  112. Cherry on January 29, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I LOVE YOUR SITEEE!! very well organized and great recipes! xx

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  113. Lauren on January 29, 2013 at 5:54 am

    My brownie mix was very light – almost like a mousse – and baked to a cake-like consistency instead of the dense fudgy brownie that I was hoping for. The finished product still tastes good, but the texture just isn’t right. Any idea’s on what I could have done wrong?

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    • Michelle on January 29th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Lauren, The batter may have been whipped too much in the mixture; that would cause a more mousse-like texture, specifically when the eggs are beat in.

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  114. LizP on February 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Your recipies do dreadful things to my waistline, and that’s just looking at them! I had to make this first, it looks so amazing. The only glitch was that the dough was quite firm and hard to spread, but maybe that’s because it’s quite cold in my kitchen. I’ll try warming it ever so slightly next time. And there will be a next time because I’ve just tasted it and it’s FAB!

    (took me ages to translate the measures to UK weights!)

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  115. Samantha on February 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Would it be possible to make this recipe using unsweetened coco powder instead of the melting chocolate?

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    • Michelle on February 11th, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Hi Samantha, I would recommend making the recipe as written to ensure it comes out correctly, but if you must substitute, there are instructions for cocoa powder and unsweetened chocolate substitutions here: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/substitutions/

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  116. Maya on February 11, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Woops!!! My fav recipe is the cookie dough Brownies! I was looking at your cheesecake recipes before I commented. Lol. 😉

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  117. Kim on February 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Made this same recipe from a WQED cook book and they are fabulous! Cut them in small squares, for they are very rich! And they weigh a ton – a ton of deliciousness!

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  118. Anna on February 20, 2013 at 6:01 am

    I just made these ! AMAZING. AMAZING.

    I did a few things like using salted butter for the cookie dough part – because i was running out of unsalted, but it turned out great, and my mum really liked it because it wasn’t too sweet because of the amendment I made ! GREAT RECIPE. So impressive as well !

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  119. Britney on March 4, 2013 at 4:11 am

    My boyfriend is in the Navy and packages take about four days to deliver, these egg-less cookie dough brownies are the perfect thing to send my sweet toothed fella! Thank you

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  120. Ashley on March 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    These turned out horrible. They were dry and tasted like flour. Followed the recipe exactly. And the “cookie dough” was the farthest thing from cookie dough.

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    • tony on October 1st, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Maybe its you sya it turned out horrible but brownie mix turned out excleent for me but cookie dough part taste like sugar all around and brownie mix sank in middle after cool down phase I use correct size pan that was called in recipie

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      • tony on October 1st, 2013 at 3:23 pm

        Typo maybe its us

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  121. Tarush on March 18, 2013 at 5:55 am

    LOVED IT! Used the cookie dough with vanilla ice cream as well!
    Have a tip too – between the brownie and the dough, you can spread a thin layer of nutella, makes it a tad bit more delicious!

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  122. Tiffany on March 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I made these yesterday and they turned out great! I try not to bake as often anymore and stick to a healthier diet. I finally broke down and made these. Glad I did. Now I need to get them out of the house, LOL. I know my little brothers will love these.

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  123. katie on March 29, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Oh I’m weak in the knees whenever I see Chocolate Chip Cookie dough… these look divine!

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  124. Cookie Q on April 1, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    This is good but the cookie dough is very sweet, too sweet. Very sugary tasting. But good. I reduced the amount of butter in the brownies also because all together this recipe has lots of butter. But the brownies still came out great! Next time I will cut back on the sugar in the cookie dough. This is a good brownie though.

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  125. Leah on April 20, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I’m sad to say that I wasn’t really a fan of these. They weren’t bad per se, I just didn’t think that either layer was all that good. The cookie dough was simultaneously too buttery and too sugary. The brownies were fine, but I’ve had better brownies from mixes. We covered ours with vanilla ice cream, and they were certainly edible, but I won’t be making this recipe again.

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  126. Molly on April 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I have never been much of a cooker/baker, let alone doing anything from-scratch. But all my co-workers say “thank you” – I’ve been on a baking spree for the past couple months since coming across your site and recipes and using my co-workers as food-testing guinea pigs. :) No complaints on anything so far … actually, I take that back, I get complaints from those who didn’t work that day and so missed out on tasting because everyone else keeps saying how yummy it is! These were as big a hit as the St Patty’s cupcakes I made and I’m on my way to make a second batch now.
    I’m looking forward to trying out your Cheddar Bay Biscuits and comparing them to another recipe for the same – apparently (I wanna say) TopChef has a recipe book and that’s one of the recipes in it, too. Always looking forward to the next recipe to make from your site!

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  127. Traci on April 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Can you use boxed brownie’s and then use this cookie dough recipe??

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    • Michelle on April 24th, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Hi Traci, Yes you could do that if you wanted.

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  128. Julie on May 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I made these and they were not what I expected. My kids did not like them at all, and they normally eat everything. I went by the recipe and even though they looked appealing to the eye, they sure weren’t to the taste!

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  129. mel on May 27, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Hi I feel really stupid but how do you define a cup measurement?? My cup/mug cupboard ranges from pint mugs to little kiddy size mugs and all sizes in between!! HELP I’m desperate to make these please please please x

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  130. Peggy on June 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    My daughter just made these today and they are very good! I like both layers. So far, every recipe we’ve made from your site has been great!

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  131. Jenna on June 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you so much for your amazing recipes and I absolutely adore your blog!

    I made these and was a little frightened after reading through many of the comments but despite forgetting to add the chocolate the first time and coming out with a tasty caramel cake. I had no trouble the second time round with the dough remaining attached to the delicious brownie.

    Although mine don’t look anywhere near as picture perfect as yours they are still very, very tasty.

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  132. Jill on June 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I was soooo excited to make these but was very disappointed. The brownie itself was not fudgey and had a weird taste. The cookie dough was good but tasted like flour. I won’t be making these again.

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    • Jill on July 1st, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      **Update**. These are 100 times better the next day AND cold (straight from the fridge). I mean seriously, it’s like night & day.

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  133. Meg on July 21, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Made these today following thie recipe. As a fellow pastry chef, the brownies were more like cake, as the directions followed the cake mixing method. The top cookie dough part is great. Perhaps a denser brownie batter, instead of light and fluffy would pair better. Also there wasn’t enough chocolate for the brownie, very light almost milk chocolate look and taste.

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  134. Lydia Bannister on August 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I made these today and I wouldn’t recommend anyone to make them and I certainly won’t be making these again. They are nice but the cookie dough overpowers the brownie and they just weren’t very nice. Too sickly, I felt literally sick after eating a small one. I’d just stick to normal brownies.

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  135. Paulina on August 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    These look fantastic! I’m making them this weekend and bringing them to my friend when I visit her at school! Would it be okay to let it sit in the fridge overnight before cutting?

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    • Michelle on August 19th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Paulina, I think that would be fine, just make sure they are covered.

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  136. Emma on September 6, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Mother of Desserts!!!

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  137. ta on September 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I followed recipie exacxtly brownie after cooked and cooled down sank down in middle, and cookie dough taste sugary will find out how they taste when brownies are done in hour 1 hour in fridge maybe taste will be differnet.

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  138. t a on September 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Good brownie recipie cookidough recipie is sugary taste like sugar

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  139. The Cake Lovers (@thecakelovers75) on October 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    These chocolate chip cookie dough reminds of Blizzards at Dairy Queen. Damn their closed right now. .lol

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  140. Chloe on October 25, 2013 at 2:16 am

    They look so delicious!

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  141. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate on October 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Are you even allowed to do this? Either way, I don’t care, I just am!

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  142. Marzia B on October 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I wanted to know whether you use flour in the cookie dough because you haven’t mentioned it in the method?

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    • Michelle on October 29th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Marzia, Yes, you use the flour – it is included in step #2.

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  143. Lynne on November 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I made these to bring to a 50th birthday party. I made them exactly per the recipe. I started checking the brownies at 25 minutes because I’m always cautious about over baking. When I checked them, the tester came out clean, but the batter in the pan was still jiggling if you moved the pan. I think that there is so much butter in the recipe, that when you sue a toothpick, it comes out with no batter on it – not exactly dry, but not wet either, so I couldn’t use that as a way to test doneness. I ended up cooking them for an additional 10 minutes (checking after 5), and hoping that they were done. I didn’t end up having any, but my son did, and he liked them. I thought that they came together pretty easily, and the flavors seemed good. The only thing I might change is to add some chopped walnuts in the cookie dough layer because when I make my toll house cookies, I include nuts.

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  144. Clarina on November 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve just made these for my school fair tomorrow. They’re not very good but at least I still have something to bring tomorrow since my Oreo cheesecake cookies didn’t turn out well at all. I think I added a bit too much flour in the brownie batter and cookie dough as well (did that with my cheesecake cookies). The brownies were a bit dry and the cookie dough tasted a bit flour-y. The chocolate chips sort of covered up the taste though. What’s with me and too much flour?… Anyway, it wasn’t bad but wasn’t very good either. I just hope it sells!

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  145. Nicole on January 31, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Oh God! These look mouth watering. I HAVE to make them! will it still be good if i dont use an electric mixer? :/

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    • Michelle on January 31st, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Hi Nicole, Yes, you can make these without an electric mixer. Enjoy!

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  146. Laurie@FoodisLove on March 20, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Hi, Love Love Love these Brownies!
    I Featured them and You on our #ThursdayTweetTreats Feature today on http://foodisloverecipes.com Fantastic Recipe! Love your blog!

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  147. Sarah on May 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    MAde these as an experiment..the kiddo LOVED them! He now requests them constantly..unfortunantly, the batch is to big for just him, so I sent some to work with my husband..the reception was mixed..but I think it comes down to personal preference. seems alot of folks felt the cookie dough should be “baked”..(what the heck is wrong with them!!!!??) and others felt they were devine.

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  148. Daria on June 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I made these today. I followed the brownie base recipe to a T. There is something missing, or the proportions are wrong. It did not cook.

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  149. Jim Cutler on August 25, 2014 at 7:35 am

    This is my go to brownie recipe, minus the cookie dough. Last night I made a batch and I made a mistake. I melted the butter beforehand, rather than cream it with the brown sugar. I didn’t have enough butter to start over so I just continued. The brownies were a little more ‘cakey’ than usual, though they were still delicious. Can you please explain the effect of melting the butter to me? Did it cause more glutens to form, making it more ‘cakey’?

    I’ve been a big fan of yours for a long time, and you inspired me to start my own food blog.

    Jim

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    • Michelle on August 25th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Jim, That’s actually really curious, as usually creaming together butter and sugar is what would give brownies a bit of a lift and make them cakier.

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      • Jim Cutler on August 29th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

        Well then I guess I’ll have to make them again. :)

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  150. rebecca nisbet on September 16, 2014 at 6:58 am

    these look yummy, great recipe!

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  151. plasterer bristol on November 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    This sounds amazing, thank you for posting up this recipe.

    Simon

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  152. leia on December 19, 2014 at 2:13 am

    These look incredible! just one thought, in the vein of cheesecake and brownies, instead of using this cookie dough recipe, i think you published a cream cheese based cookie dough dip that i imagine would work really well too.

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  153. Rzh on January 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I made this entire recipe without realizing that there is no salt in it–erg. To my taste, it really needs salt, especially the cookie layer.

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  154. Amelia Navarre on March 8, 2015 at 5:01 am

    OMG!!! How can this be possible?!?! I am in heaven while eating these!

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  155. Karen Wood on May 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Wow! Those look awesome!!!

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  156. Heidelind on July 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Very fun recipe:) Brought some to the office and received many compliments. I love cookie dough!

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  157. anja on February 6, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    made these tonight – amazing! my boyfriend loves them. made a few changes: only 1 cup of brown sugar and added some salt! always love your recipes. thanks for sharing!

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