Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

When I have a bad, or stressful day, or when I have an especially good day, I like to treat myself.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

In the case of this recipe I was having a bad day.  It was the last day of a rather bad week, actually and I was in need of something really evil to sooth my nerves.  This recipe was inspired by a brownie that I saw in a coffee shop a few months ago.  It was a walnut brownie with a walnut chocolate chip cookie baked in the center and it sort of looked like danish.  As I am not a big fan of walnuts I passed, but the idea of it, the baking of cookies in brownie batter, stuck with me.  I think it is safe to say these little bars made everything all better.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

These bars are sort of a marbled amalgamation of chewy brownies and buttery cookies.  Since these bars are not well structured, I just put scoops of cookie dough into the brownie batter with wild abandon, you tend to get a little of both the brownie and cookie in each bite.  I opted to skip nuts, since I just do not like them in cookies or brownies, but some toasted pecans, walnuts, or almonds can be added if you like it nutty.  Since I like really chewy brownies and cookies I did not cook these until they were firm in the center.  If you are not into really chewy, gooey brownies, or you prefer you brownies more done in general, add 3 to 5 more minutes to the cooking time.  These are over the top when they are still just slightly warn, but I also like them cold.  Served cold these would also make a good summer time treat.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies     Yield 16 bars

For the brownies:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons Nutella
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1 tablespoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the cookies:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg, cold
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Heat the oven to 350F.  Spray an 8×8-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray, line the pan with parchment paper, then spray the paper with non-stick spray.

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In a small bowl combine the butter, chopped chocolate, and Nutella.  Melt in the microwave, or in a double boiler, until smooth.  Set aside to cool.

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In a medium bowl combine the second amount of butter, sugar, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla until smooth.

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Add the melted chocolate mixture and whisk to combine.  Sift in the flour, cardamom, cocoa powder, and salt.  Whisk until no large lumps of flour remain then spread it evenly in the prepared pan.  Set aside.

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In a separate bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until creamy and smooth.  Add the egg and vanilla and mix until blended.  Sift in the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until most of the flour is incorporated.  Add the chips and mix until evenly distributed.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Scoop the cookie dough into the brownie batter then bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the edges are just set and the center does not wobble when the pan is shaken.  Cool in the pan for one hour, then remove from the pan and cool to room temperature before slicing.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies


Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

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Author: Kelly

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  • You are like me, I prefer a chewy brownie and cookie actually. These look like they would certainly cure any bad day and just make a good day, heavenly!

    Do you get this deliciously creative whenever you have those off days or weeks! Just wondering 🙂

  • I am going to make these right now!

  • Brownies and chocolate chip cookies…two of my favorite comfort foods coming together very nicely. The marble effect looks so pretty!

  • Paula – Stress actually helps me be more creative for some sick twisted reason. Not to say I can’t come up with something truly evil when I am chill and happy. Believe me, I can, but stress seems to draw out my most unreasonable cravings! 😀

  • Pure baking beauty! These look scrumptious. I wouldn’t be able to stop with one. Beautiful twist on the “danish” that inspired you. And that top photo. You should frame it. In lick-proof plexiglass.

  • Who wouldn’t love these? Definitely bookmarking.

  • I could definitely use these…any day!!

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  • Yes, evil, indeed! That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the photo 🙂 I hope your weekend will be much better than the days you’ve been having!

  • Oh my gosh, Kelly, I think you have just found heaven. I need these now! 🙂

  • Nutella too!?! Good god, these look like pure evil goodness!

  • What a great idea! You’ve put two of my favorite desserts and made them into 1. Thank you!

  • That might be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

  • the Nutella just adds to the deliciousness. Yum.

  • so what could i substitute for the nutella? 3 extra tablespoons of chocolate? these look amazing…

  • Holy yum! These look awesome

  • Kvossler – You can just omit the Nutella, or sub melted chocolate or even peanut butter!

  • I’m always torn between whether to make cookie nor brownies, but these are the perfect solution. Looks delicious!!! Great recipe!

  • They look just gorgeous 🙂 I really love these pictures

  • Good choice omitting the nuts, they would only distract from all the deliciousness that is happening here. Those last few close-up images are outrageous! This would definitely make a bad day better.

  • Oh Kelly, you hit the nail on the head with these. Great combination and they look absolutely amazing. I just love all of your recipes!

  • Kris

    Cookies and brownies, yummmm! Cookies and brownies AND NUTELLA there aren’t words to describe how excited I am to try these! Shhhh – last night (before I even saw this post) I had a spoonful of Nutella straight from the jar…someone better hide the Nutella, until I’m ready to make these brownies that is!

    Can I increase the recipe and make them in a bigger pan? I’m the Baking Fairy of my friends. I love to bake and then spread the love (can’t keep it in my house or I will eat it allll!).

  • When I have a bad day I make my Triple Chocolate Whoppers. They definitely give me a new perspective on life. These chocolate chip cookie brownies look so delicious. I am going to try them next time I need an attitude adjustment. Thanks for the recipe and for the helpful photos.

  • Just yesterday I was thinking about making some chocolate chip cookie brownies… But, I couldn’t find a recipe that I was confident would work. Now, I have the perfect recipe 🙂

  • Becca

    I don’t need an excuse to indulge in anything that has NUTELLA in the ingredient list…people will just continue to call me a Nutella Ho! However, thank you for giving me the option to use a bad day as a great reason to bake a batch of these.

  • That looks and reads like it is truly delicious. Thank your for sharing it with us.

  • oh, this looks so delicious! I`m absolutely sure that`s really tasty!

    Have a great time,

  • Kris – Yes, you can double the recipe and bake it in a 9″x13″ pan with no problems.

  • Oh my goodness!! You’ve married the two most loved cookies – this is brilliant!

  • These look evil and you know that’s a compliment! I must mention I used to share your preference for nuts. Until I started toasting walnuts. What a difference that makes. I now toast them before putting them into baked goods and I’m sort of changing allegiance but please don’t tell the pecans cause they’re still a favorite, just not currently the MOST favorite!

  • I could definitely go for a couple of these right now. Love that slightly underbaked center. Perfection.

  • is there sugar in the recipe? it looks like there is some added in with the butter, eggs, and vanilla but it doesn’t say in the recipe to add sugar.

  • Ryan – there is sugar … 1 cup. I checked and saw it was not listed … but I fixed it. Thanks.

  • These look amazing! Really, amazing!

  • Ang

    Sometimes you just need to treat yourself and everything seems to feel better:) Wonderful looking cookie brownies:)

  • This looks so beautiful. I love the swirl of colors. Delicious treat. 🙂

  • cookies and brownies are fantastic together!

  • Uh god, these look evil! Have.To.Make.Them.

  • concernedfoodie

    I am a huge fan of both brownies and cookies. And now the two fuse together to create some awesome, delicious looking creation. Wow, definitely making these for my super bowl party next week. Personally for me, a person who loves to cook and bake in my kitchen at home,when using egg-based recipes, I use pasteurized shelled eggs. Especially when you have sunny-side eggs, (fried eggs,) raw cookie dough, anything to that affect which leaves some part of the egg raw. Only reason I say this is because I am concerned with what I eat,(yes I have a huge sweet tooth, but I workout and try to cook healthy,)and also look at those who I’m cooking for. With all these recent egg recalls, you can never be to sure. You should check them out.

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  • Oh my, the best of both worlds!

  • I love the name of your website. The pictures are fantastic. The brownies look yummy. I will have to make soon. Thanks!

  • OMG, I just died and went to heaven – wanna watch me get the Guinness book of world record time for baking these and eating the lot? On your marks, get set, go-ooey yumminess!

  • ::drooling!:: Omg… incredible. This has been bookmarked!!!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

  • These look like the perfect chocolatey treat! I couldn’t decide between making chocolate chip cookies or brownies, so these are awesome. They’re baking in the oven right now and smelling delicious!!

  • What is it about our nature that we sometimes want over the top treats? Not that a brownie, or a chocolate chip cookie, isn’t enough, but then we decide to add them together! (Kinda like the turducken phenomenon, only in cookie form) Not that I’m knocking these – far from it! They speak to every cookie and brownie loving cell in my body, and then appeal to my indecisiveness by giving me it all at once! Woohoo. Now I need some.

  • I love these. My local bakery sells them, it’s the main cause of my flabby arms 🙁

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  • Ann

    This recipe sounded like too much… But I decided to try it anyway. 🙂 These bars are sensational!

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  • Wow, I need to try those! I will probably want to eat the whole pan, though!

  • I’m a fan of all rich, chocolatey desserts. This sounds like a treat I shouldn’t pass up!

  • Casey

    I am not a beginner when it comes to baking. I made these today and followed the recipe exactly. They turned out HORRIBLY. The cookie part was burnt in 25 minutes and the brownie part was completely raw. I could not give these to my friend for his birthday like I had planned. I will not be making these brownies again.

  • Casey – I am so sorry that this recipe did not work out for you! Have you calibrated your oven recently? If the oven is even as much as 25 F to hot it can ruin recipes like this. Sorry again!

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  • omg these look incredible

  • These were great! I loved the fact that you used Nutella – guaranteed to make anything delicious even better.

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  • We featured this recipe in a National Chocolate Chip Day blog post we just wrote up. You can check it our here –


    Thanks for all of the great recipes!

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  • liz

    I tried these out and they were lovely! So fudgey and a great mix of cookie dough and chocolate.


  • Luciana

    OMG! These brownies look soo good! I’m definitely trying this recipe. Thanks for posting it! 😀

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