Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe to Make at Home

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If you can’t decide between a cookie and a brownie, why not try making my cookie dough brownies? This delicious take on a traditional brownie recipe is sure to win your heart. It contains a cooled brownie layer with a cookie dough layer on top. Then, as if that wasn’t already delicious enough, I add an optional layer of melted chocolate on top for a fudgy and delicious finish on an already rich and decadent dessert. So, if you’re ready, let’s dive into the details surrounding how to make yummy cookie dough brownies.

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Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe To Make At Home

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Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe

In this recipe, I’ll make homemade baked brownies and top it with egg free cookie dough, additional chocolate, and chocolate sprinkles. I’ve opted to use brownie batter, edible sugar cookie dough, chocolate sprinkles, and melted chocolate topping. 

  • Author: Anna

Ingredients

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Brownie Layer

  • 2 sticks of butter, melted then cooled
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate sprinkles

Chocolate Topping

  • Chocolate chips
  • Shortening

Instructions

Brownie

  1. Begin by making your fudgy brownies.
  2. Mix your melted and cooled butter with cocoa powder, brown, and granulated sugar.
  3. Stir in your sea salt, baking powder, beaten eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Sift in your all-purpose flour (no need to heat treat).
  5. Gently fold in your white chocolate chips if using.
  6. Put into a 9×13 baking dish and bake for 19-24 minutes.
  7. Allow the brownies to cool completely.
  1. Heat treat your flour before mixing together your cookie dough layer ingredients brownies. Remember that eating raw flour is dangerous, so it should be heat treated first. To do so, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread your flour into an even layer on top of a lined baking sheet. Place it in the oven for 7-10 minutes. Allow the flour to cool completely.
  2. As your flour cools, cream together your butter and sugar using a hand mixer.
  3. Once light and fluffy, add to it your vanilla extract, salt, and milk.
  4. Sift in your cooled and heat treated flour.
  5. Stir in chocolate sprinkles.
  1. Once your brownies have cooled, use an offset spatula (or butterknife) to spread your cookie dough evenly over the cooled brownies.
  2. Place your brownies and cookie dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until your cookie dough is completely firm.
  3. In the meantime, heat your chocolate chips and shortening in a small saucepan and heat until melted. Stir until incorporated.
  4. Remove your brownie with cookie dough batter from the fridge. Evenly spread the melted chocolate over the cookie dough on top of the brownies.
  5. Refrigerate for 20 minutes more until melted chocolate is firm.
  6. Slice and enjoy!

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Making cookie dough brownies comes with a wide variety of ingredients you could use. In this recipe, I’ll make homemade baked brownies and top it with egg free cookie dough, additional chocolate, and chocolate sprinkles.

Here are the ingredients you can expect to find in each layer of these cookie dough brownies:

Fudgy brownie layer

  • Butter
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Sea salt
  • Baking powder
  • Large eggs (Don’t want to have eggs in your brownies? I’ve got a recipe for eggless brownies you can try instead!)
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • All purpose flour
  • White chocolate chips
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Sea salt
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Heat-treated all purpose flour (more about this later!)
  • Chocolate sprinkles

Chocolate topping

  • Chocolate chips
  • Shortening

As I mentioned before, there are a ton of ways you could make cookie dough brownies. To be honest, I had some trouble deciding exactly which ingredients I’d use for this, as there are many renditions of this recipe that are all equally delicious.

For this recipe, I’ve opted to use brownie batter, edible sugar cookie dough, chocolate sprinkles, and melted chocolate topping. In the recipe below, you’ll find the steps to create each layer, so try not to get overwhelmed. As you get started, you’ll see that making these cookie dough brownies isn’t at all difficult, though it requires several steps.

The results will be worth it though…I promise!

Brownie Layer

  • 2 sticks of butter, melted then cooled
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate sprinkles

Chocolate Topping

  • Chocolate chips
  • Shortening

Instructions

Brownie

  1. Begin by making your fudgy brownies.
  2. Mix your melted and cooled butter with cocoa powder, brown, and granulated sugar.
  3. Stir in your sea salt, baking powder, beaten eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Sift in your all-purpose flour (no need to heat treat).
  5. Gently fold in your white chocolate chips if using.
  6. Put into a 9×13 baking dish and bake for 19-24 minutes.
  7. Allow the brownies to cool completely.
  1. Heat treat your flour before mixing together your cookie dough layer ingredients brownies. Remember that eating raw flour is dangerous, so it should be heat treated first. To do so, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread your flour into an even layer on top of a lined baking sheet. Place it in the oven for 7-10 minutes. Allow the flour to cool completely.
  2. As your flour cools, cream together your butter and sugar using a hand mixer.
  3. Once light and fluffy, add to it your vanilla extract, salt, and milk.
  4. Sift in your cooled and heat treated flour.
  5. Stir in chocolate sprinkles.
  1. Once your brownies have cooled, use an offset spatula (or butterknife) to spread your cookie dough evenly over the cooled brownies.
  2. Place your brownies and cookie dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until your cookie dough is completely firm.
  3. In the meantime, heat your chocolate chips and shortening in a small saucepan and heat until melted. Stir until incorporated.
  4. Remove your brownie with cookie dough batter from the fridge. Evenly spread the melted chocolate over the cookie dough on top of the brownies.
  5. Refrigerate for 20 minutes more until melted chocolate is firm.
  6. Slice and enjoy!
cookie dough brownies

Try the following alterations to your cookie dough brownie recipe to make it your own:

  • Use boxed brownie mix instead of homemade brownies
  • Make chocolate chip cookie dough by using semi-sweet chocolate chips in your edible cookie dough layer instead of chocolate sprinkles. You can also substitute these for the chocolate chips in the brownie layer.
  • Instead of adding melted chocolate on top of your cookie dough brownies, you can sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the exposed cookie dough for a sweet and crunchy addition.
  • Lastly, try experimenting with different types of cookie dough on top of the brownies. There are many edible cookie dough types that can be used to top brownies including red velvet cookie dough, snickerdoodle cookie dough, sugar cookie dough, gluten free cookie dough, and chickpea cookie dough.

Storing cookie dough brownies is easily done by wrapping the brownies tightly in plastic wrap and storing them in the fridge for up to three days.

If you’d rather keep the cookie dough brownies longer, you should consider placing them in a freezer-safe airtight container and freezing them for up to 2-3 months at best quality.

Cookie brownies can and should be refrigerated. Note in the instructions that refrigeration is crucial for the setting process, both for the chocolate topping on the brownie and cookie dough layer. Chilling the cookie batter is what causes it to become firm enough for you to spread your melted chocolate over.

In addition, you should refrigerate your cookie dough brownies in order to preserve them. They should not be kept on the counter at room temperature for longer than two hours. Instead, place your cookie dough brownies in the fridge, preferably plastic wrapped or in an airtight container for up to three days. Past this point, the cookie dough brownies should be placed in the freezer, where they will keep for up to 2-3 months.

Remember that cookie dough brownies will last in the fridge no longer than three days. Thus, it’s best to eat them up (which shouldn’t be hard to do) or freeze them to eat later…if you are able to muster up enough self-control.

I would not recommend that you use any cookie dough you come across for cookie dough brownies, however, any cookie dough that is edible is fine.

For this particular recipe, you can substitute premade edible cookie dough for making your own, the same way you can substitute brownie mix for making brownies from scratch. There are some types of cookie dough on the market, such as Pillsbury Ready-to-Eat cookie dough, that are actually edible. It is fine to use this sort of cookie dough to top your brownies. Choose from any flavor and get creative with your mix-ins and pairings. This recipe is very forgiving, so be inspired and come up with something unique!

On the flip side, you’ll want to steer clear of buying cookie dough that isn’t marked as edible and using it to top your brownies. Because these brownies are not cooked again after they are topped with the dough, it is imperative that you only use edible cookie dough as a topper for this recipe.

Also, be sure not to use yesterday’s leftover raw cookie dough to top these brownies. Yes, they were made in the comfort of your own kitchen, but remember that egg and raw flour pose special risks to your health. Both contain dangerous bacterias that can cause you to become ill if you aren’t careful. Skip the hassle and worry by ensuring you are only using an edible cookie dough from the get-go. It isn’t worth a trip to the hospital!

Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe To Make At Home

All in all, though the process for making cookie dough brownies may be slightly more involved with others, it’s nowhere near as intensive as cookie dough cake or similar recipes, and still tastes decadently delicious!

To make cookie dough brownies, you’ll only need basic tools like a 9×13-inch pan, brownie mix, edible cookie dough, and a few other ingredients. Though the brownies have three layers, you’ll get through the process quickly and begin to enjoy the rich and luscious flavors that this unique combination of cookie batter and brownie batter can bring.

Just remember never to use raw cookie dough; doing so could put you in contact with harmful bacteria that could render a negative impact on your health.

I hope you’ve found this helpful. Until next time!

FAQs

What’s the difference between a cookie bar and a brownie?

A cookie bar typically has very little chocolate in it, if any at all, and has a texture more similar to that of a cookie. This is especially true in terms of denseness and chewiness. A brownie, on the other hand, will have a texture a bit closer to cake and will be entirely focused on chocolate.

How do you eat Little Caesars cookie dough brownies?

According to Little Caesars, you should simply unwrap the cookie dough brownies, cut them, and devour them. Done and done!

What mix-ins can I add to cookie dough brownies?

Mix-ins are plenty when it comes to both cookie dough and brownies, so get creative. If you’re looking for a chocolate chip cookie dough, be sure to add chocolate chips instead of chocolate sprinkles. If you’re going for a sugar cookie dough, add rainbow sprinkles instead of chocolate ones. Add nuts to your brownie, toffee bits, chopped chocolate chunks … it’s really up to you! Once you get the hang of how to make cookie dough brownies, you’ll likely become inspired as to how you can make this recipe your own.

Are cookie dough brownies gluten free?

No, but they can be! Grab yourself a bag of a gluten free flour blend and substitute it at a 1:1 ratio for the all-purpose flour. Be sure to heat treat it unless the package explicitly states that it is safe to eat raw. Depending on the flour blend you choose, you may get differing results. Just be sure to steer clear of using plain coconut flour as this flour does not work well when substituted for all purpose flour in a typical recipe.

By Anna

Anna Brooks, the voice behind CooksDream.com, is a seasoned writer and editor with an insatiable love for food. While not a professional chef, her culinary adventures and unique insights have captivated readers for years. Anna believes in the transformative power of food, stating it "feeds the soul." Dive into her writings for a mix of inspiration, entertainment, and culinary wisdom. Author Pinterest Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Tumblr Reddit Quora

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