These brownies have a special place in my heart. The first time I tried making these, I was trying to impress a guy. It was the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college. My life long friend had roomed with “this guy” for the past year. Since we were all at the same school and hung out all the time, we had sort of ended the year with the possibility of getting to know each other more… whatever that meant! Anyway, classes were out for the summer and “this guy” was in town for a visit. The plan was for the two boys (my friend and “this guy”) to come over to my parents house to hang out before we met others to play frisbee golf. (Side note: I used to love playing frisbee golf but I was terrible at it!).
Of course I needed to make a snack. I started searching all over the internet for ideas. Mind you, this was before Pinterest. Not much before, but all the same, no Pinterest. I don’t even know how to do anything without Pinterest anymore! But, I was in luck that day because I stumbled upon these doozies. Brownies, cookie dough, and chocolate. Um… yes? I also happened to know that cookie dough was an absolute favorite treat for one particular guy. Winning.
I made these brownies, served them, and loved them. Both boys asked for seconds. I was successful in my attempt to impress! In fact, fast forward three years and I married “this guy”. (Another side note: that friend ended up marrying MY college roommate. Isn’t it funny how life works out?) So ladies, try making these for that special someone in your life! Who knows what will happen!
Before getting on with the recipe, I must warn you: these brownies will kill any sort of diet you may be on! They are not meant to be healthy, but they are meant to be delicious. I typically make these as a special treat for get togethers or a special event.. Not just when they are going to sit around the house, because I would eat them all. The. Entire. Pan.
These start with your favorite brownie recipe. I start with a brownie mix (why go through the effort of brownies from scratch when I actually REALLY enjoy brownies from boxed mixes), but you can definitely make them from scratch if that is how you roll. Prepare these according to the directions and allow to cool to room temperature.
While you are waiting, you start the cookie dough. Mix the flour, butter, sugars, milk and vanilla together until smooth. Notice there are no eggs in here, so no worries about getting sick. Once the brownies are cooled, use a spatula to smooth the cookie dough over the brownies.
Finally, you melt the chocolate chips and oil. I usually use the microwave and stop every 20-30 seconds to stir. Once all the chips are melted, pour the chocolate over the cookie dough layer and smooth with a spatula. Place the brownies in the refrigerator to chill.
Before serving, let the brownies sit out for 5-10 minutes so the chocolate isn’t rock hard, however they should be stored in the refrigerator.
This recipe is for an 8×8 batch of brownies. If you would like a 9×13, just double the cookie dough and chocolate ingredients!
Cookie Dough Brownies
1 box brownie mix (8×8 or 9×9 pan size)**
**If you want to do a 9×13 size, you can double the cookie dough and chocolate layer recipes!)
For Cookie Dough Layer:
½ Cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
For chocolate topping:
1 cup chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Bake the brownies as directed on the box. Allow them to cool.
Cream butter and sugars together with a mixer. Add in the milk and vanilla.
Add the flour a little bit at a time and mix until well blended.
Spread the mixture over the cooled brownies
Mix the chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a microwavable bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds at a time, mixing in between until the chocolate is melted.
Spread the melted chocolate over the cookie dough layer. Let the layer cool and harden.
Store in the refrigerator.