Do you want to treat your family to a delicious sweet treat? Why not try making cookie dough brownies? This amazing dessert is exactly what it sounds like: a combination of two of the most popular treats, cookie dough and brownies.
This recipe for cookie dough brownies is so rich and decadent that it’s almost sinfully bad. But unless you devour the whole pan, you’ll be ok. 😉 Fair warning: you may be tempted to!
This dessert is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that your kids (and you!) will absolutely love. In this post, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to make cookie dough brownies at home.
Brownies + cookie dough = Dessert match made in heaven
I’ve been making this recipe for years. And I’ve got to say, this is my absolute favorite brownie recipe.
There are three layers in this dessert:
- cookie dough (egg-free, so you can taste the batter ;))
- melted chocolate
Chocolate, cookie dough, and more chocolate? What more could one want?
Whenever I take these to a potluck or friend’s house, I get many compliments and recipe requests. You will too, so keep the recipe handy!
Thankfully, the ingredient list is fairly simple. Here’s what you’ll need for each layer:
- vegetable oil (canola will work fine too)
- vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
- baking cocoa powder
- walnuts (optional, but yummy)
Tip: If I’m in a hurry, I use a box mix of brownies to speed the process along. No shame there!
Cookie dough layer
- butter (you’ll need it to be softened, so leave it out on the counter for an hour or two)
- brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- chopped walnuts (again, optional but oh-so-good!)
Let’s get down to how to make these delicious layered cookie dough brownies.
Step 1: Make the brownie batter
The first step in making your cookie dough brownies is to prepare the brownie batter. To do so, beat together eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla. I usually do this in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, but you can also just use a whisk.
Then, in a different bowl, combine the flour with cocoa and salt and gradually beat it into the egg mixture. Stir in the walnuts if you are using them.
Pour into a greased pan and bake until done.
To know when it’s ready, a toothpick pierced in the center of the brownies should come out clean.
Remember, you can also use a box mix brownie if you’re short on time. Just prepare the brownies as directed and set them aside to cool.
Step 2: Make the cookie dough
While your brownies are baking, it’s time to prepare the cookie dough!
In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Then beat in the vanilla and milk. Lastly, beat in the flour, and set the cookie dough batter aside.
Step 3: Assemble the brownies
Once your brownies have cooled, spread the cookie dough on top of the brownie layer. Be sure to spread the dough evenly over the entire surface.
Place the cookie dough brownies in the fridge and chill until firm.
Step 4: Add the chocolate glaze
Last but certainly not least, grab a microwave-safe bowl and add the chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave for short intervals, stirring in between each (about 15 seconds).
Once the chocolate chips are melted and the glaze is smooth, spread it over the top.
If you are using nuts, immediately sprinkle them on top, and use a fork or spatula to press them down a bit. Let the brownies stand until the glaze has set.
Step 5: Serve and enjoy
Once your cookie dough brownies have set, it’s time to cut them into pieces and serve. The combination of gooey chocolate brownies and sweet cookie dough is hard to resist!
If you want to take it over the top (why not!), serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!
Over the years of making this yummy dessert, I’ve fielded plenty of questions. Here are some of the most common ones! If you have one, feel free to leave it in the comments below.
How do I store cookie dough brownies?
If you have leftovers, it’s easy to keep them fresh! Place them in an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
You can also freeze them for up to three months. To do this, wrap the brownies in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then place them in an airtight container that’s freezer safe.
To dethaw, allow the brownies to thaw at room temperature for several hours before serving.
Can I use a different type of chocolate?
Yes! You can definitely use other types of chocolate for the glaze. Milk or white chocolate are also delicious options for the chocolate ganache.
I hope you enjoy making these delicious cookie dough brownies as much as I do! Enjoy!
More delicious dessert recipes to try
- Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
- 7 Layer Magic Cookie Bars
- Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes
- Easy Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten Free)
Cookie Dough Brownies
- Yield: 3 dozen 1x
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1–1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1–2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1.5 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoon shortening
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs, oil, sugar,and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, and salt; gradually beat into egg mixture. Stir in walnuts if desired.
- Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until brownies test done. Cool completely.
- For filling, in a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Spread over the brownies; chill until firm.
- For glaze, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Spread over filling. Immediately sprinkle with nuts, pressing down slightly. Let stand until set.
YUM! Love brownies (and cookies) – I definitely think I’d enjoy these.
Ronni Keller says
I’m reading this right before dinner time and… I am starving!
Those look WAY good, too. I’m thinking they are even easy enough for
me to make and have them turn out right! I’m not so good at cookie making, I’m trying these…
Those look amazingly pretty!
Awesome pictures, made me want to lick the screen! LOL!
Melanie H. says
You make the most amazing looking goodies!.. I want to try so many of them but I’m on insulin and have to really watch my sugar intake..how do you think your recipes would hold up with a sugar substitute?
I’d say it’s worth a try ,Melanie. I’ve never done it, but I’m sure you could look it up to see if there’s any tips or recommendations for substituting sugar.
And thank you!
Kimberly Davis says
These look soooo good.
Lisa Brown says
Yummy recipe. I love the filling!
Thomas Murphy says
looks good, thanks for the recipe
Deborah Wallin says
Kate F. says
Those sound good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
bill elliott says
These look so good, now I have to beg my wife to bake them for me lol
Those look delicious. I just pinned them!
Found your recipe on Pinterest, these sound awesome! =)
These look and sound delish! I love the cookie dough in the brownies. I bet you do get rave reviews on this one!