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


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


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


188 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies”

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  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!


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

    These sound so yummy! Love these!


  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.


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

    I LOVE these!!!


  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!


    • 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!


    • 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!


    • 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!


  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!!


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

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


  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…


  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 :)


  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!


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

    These look good!


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

    Cookie dough anything is always a win!


  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 :)


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



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

    WOW! I need to make these!!


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

    These look delicious!


  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.


  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.)


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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. :)


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

    Oh crap.. there goes my diet :-)


  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.


  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?!


  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!!!!


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

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


  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!!


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

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


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

    Oh my lordy! I am making these tonight!!


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

    YUM! Those look so pretty as well.


  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??? 😉


  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!


  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.


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

    Dear GOD these look AMAZING!!


  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


  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!!


  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!


  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!


  40. Ashli @ 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!


  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!


  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!!


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

    These look fabulous! Brownies and cookie dough? Yum!


  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!


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

    OMG this recipe is so cool.


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

    Oh my, those look absolutely incredible! Yum 😀


  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! 😉


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

    Holy deliciousness, these look awesome!! Thanks!!


  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! :)


    • 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,


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

    Yum!Nice recipe.


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