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Easy Chocolate Chip Brookies

If you love brownies but you’re equally as fond of chocolate chip cookies, this is the perfect recipe for you! These Brookies have a lush brownie bottom and a tender chocolate chip cookie on top. Best of all, they start with a box mix.

Are they Cookies or are they Brownies?

The answer is both. . .and neither! These are cookie bars with fudgy brownies on bottom. They’re the ideal marriage of two sweet treats and they’re easy to serve with no plate or fork necessary. Just cut into squares and serve. Talk about satisfying the sweet tooth!

These Brookies are perfect for every family, but they’re particularly ideal for mine. You see, I have a granddaughter named Brooke and we often call her “Brookie-Cookie.”

Brookie-Cookie!

When I first starting noticing recipes for Brookies they sounded too good to be true. Unfortunately, most of the recipes I stumbled across also sounded complicated, starting with baker’s chocolate, cream, and lots of other ingredients.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know that I’m all about ease of use. I also love to start with a boxed mix whenever possible. And I happened to have a box of fudge brownie mix in the pantry.

With that in mind, I did the obvious! I used what I had on hand. And the result? Well, let’s just say my granddaughter was tickled pink to discover such a tasty treat named after her!

Chocolate Chip Brookies Ingredients

There is a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you’ll need to make these delectable Brookies. These are simple ingredients you might have on hand in your cupboard.

For the Brownie Layer:

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  • boxed brownie mix
  • large eggs
  • room temperature butter

For the Cookie Layer:

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  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • room temperature butter
  • large egg
  • vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips
  • all purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt

How to Make Chocolate Chip Brookies

These came together so easily! I’m so glad I decided to start with that box of brownie mix!

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

It’s time to make the brownies. I mixed mine by hand in a large bowl.

Soften butter and place in a large mixing bowl. Add brownie mix and two large eggs. Using a wooden spoon or blending fork, mix together the batter.

This will be a thick batter. That’s what you want. You might be tempted to add water (like the instructions on the box say) but avoid that temptation. What you’re looking for here is a cookie-like dough.

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Now it’s time to make your cookie dough.

Start by softening your butter. You can use salted or unsalted butter. . .your choice.

Mix in the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment or in a large bowl with electric mixer. Add vanilla extract, sugars, and egg. Continue to mix until fully incorporated.

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Combine the salt, baking soda, and flour and mix with a fork.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix on low speed until dough comes together.

Add chocolate chips.

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Spray the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray and spread the brownie batter in the prepared pan. (Some recipes call for foil or parchment paper in the bottom of the pan for easier lifting when the Brookies are done.) You can do this with an offset spatula or by buttering your hands and pressing the batter into place.

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It’s time to add the layer of cookie dough to the top of the brownie batter.

I actually used my fingers for this process. I pinched off a little at a time and spread it out with my fingers then plopped it down on top of the uncooked brownie layer.

Continue to add cookie dough until it has fully covered the brownie batter.

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Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until the top of the cookie dough is golden brown. (My Brookies cooked for 32 minutes exactly.) Baking time will vary, depending on your oven.

Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

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Once cool, cut these delicious chocolate chip cookie brownie bars into squares and serve. These are perfect all along but you can always add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top. Yum!

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Store in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap. There is no need to refrigerate. Cookie bars will stay fresh for 3 – 5 days. You can freeze them for up to two months.

What to Expect from these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

This is one of those delicious recipes I plan to make again and again!

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First of all, where have these been all of my life? My granddaughter informed me that she’s known about Brookies for years but I have never had one before. At least, not that I can remember! These Brookies reminded me al little bit of my Blondie recipe but with a stronger chocolate flavor.

The bottom layer of chocolate is just perfection! These are moist brownies you’re sure to love.

Without the addition of the water to the brownie mix it baked to a chocolate cookie-like texture. And that amazing chocolate chip cookie on top? Well, it’s almost as good as my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. (Almost! That recipe has brown butter in it, which makes everything better.)

I am tickled to pass these off to my granddaughter. She’ll be by in a couple of hours to pick them up and she plans to take them to her Bible study group. I hope they enjoy them. (I’m sure they will!) This is a delicious treat, after all.

You’re going to love this recipe, too! It’s easy-breezy, has the perfect textures, and really hits the spot for chocolate lovers! And can I just say, those chewy chocolate chip cookies on top? They’re divine!

Variations on this recipe

Now that I understand the concept, my mind is reeling. I want to try this with different cookie flavors on top. The sky’s the limit with this easy recipe. Here are a few possibilities:

Oatmeal: I would love to make oatmeal cookies to go on top of the chocolate base. Yum!

Ranger Cookies: Ranger Cookies are similar to oatmeal but contain coconut and chocolate chips. They would be a perfect complement to the chocolate base.

Peanut Butter: For pity’s sake, I’m already swooning just thinking of this combination! Peanut butter and chocolate are meant to go together! (Don’t believe me? Check out my JKLJJ recipe.)

Mint Chocolate Chip: Have you tried my Double Mint Chocolate Cookies? I think that dough would be out of this world on top of the brownie batter.

White Chocolate Candy Cane: My white chocolate candy cane dough would be perfect on top of the brownie base. Perfect for a holiday cookie tray!

Banana Chocolate Chip: I mean. . .chocolate and bananas? Yes, please! My Banana Chocolate Chip cookies are soft and fluffy, the ideal complement to the rich brownie layer!

To make things even easier, you can always use a chocolate chip cookie mix from your local grocery store on top of the brownie batter.

Other Cookie Bars from Out of the Box Baking

If you love this easy Brookie recipe you’re bound to love the rest of the cookie bars you’ll find on this site. Here are some of my personal favorites:

Pecan Pie Blondies: If a pecan pie and a cookie had a baby it would look and taste like this!

Ooey-Gooey Chocolate Chip Blondies: This is where my journey began, with these luscious cookie bars!

German Chocolate Bars from Scratch: If you love German Chocolate Cake but prefer the ease of a cookie, this is the perfect recipe for you!

Luscious Lemon Bars: They’re tart, sweet, crisp and creamy. These luscious lemon bars are all of the above. . .and then some!

Homemade Brownies: I know you’re asking, “Can I use a homemade brownie recipe?” and the answer is yes! You might give thought to my Perfect Easy Brownies.

No matter how you mix them up, chocolate chip cookie brownies are the best!

Follow this link for a comprehensive post listing more of my fall cookies and bars, perfect for autumn!


That’s it for this post, folks! Let me know your thoughts after trying these amazing Chocolate Chip Brookies!

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About the Author

Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.

Easy Chocolate Chip Brookies

Easy Chocolate Chip Brookies

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

If you love brownies but you're equally as fond of chocolate chip cookies, this is the perfect recipe for you! These Brookies have a lush brownie bottom and a tender chocolate chip cookie on top. Best of all, they start with a box mix.

Ingredients

  • For the Brownie Layer:
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter
  • For the Cookie Layer:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

How to Make Chocolate Chip Brookies

These came together so easily! I'm so glad I decided to start with that box of brownie mix!

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

It's time to make the brownies. I mixed mine by hand in a large bowl.

Soften butter and place in bowl. Add brownie mix and two large eggs. Using a wooden spoon or blending fork, mix together the batter.

This will be a thick batter. That's what you want. You might be tempted to add water (like the instructions on the box say) but avoid that temptation. What you're looking for here is a cookie-like dough.

Spray the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray and spread the brownie batter in the bottom of the dish.

Now it's time to make your cookie dough.

Start by softening your butter. Mix in a stand mixer with paddle attachment or in a large bowl with electric mixer. Add vanilla extract, sugars, and egg. Continue to mix until fully incorporated.

Combine the salt, baking soda, and flour and mix with a fork.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix on low speed until dough comes together.

Add chocolate chips.

It's time to add the layer of cookie dough to the top of the brownie batter.

I actually used my fingers for this process. I pinched off a little at a time and spread it out with my fingers then plopped it down on top of the uncooked brownie layer.

Continue to add cookie dough until it has fully covered the brownie batter.

Place in preheated oven and bake for 28 - 35 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.

Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

Once cool, cut into squares and serve.

Store in an airtight container. There is no need to refrigerate. Cookie bars will stay fresh for 3 - 5 days. You can freeze them for up to two months.

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Tamara

Thursday 27th of October 2022

The printed recipe doesn’t actually list the measured amount of chocolate chips that are supposed to go in the top layer. Can you advise, please?

booksbyjanice

Thursday 27th of October 2022

Tamara, I'm so glad you caught this mistake! I think I must've been typing in a hurry when I put this recipe up. Add 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips. (I've made the correction, thanks to you!)

Megan Kimbrough

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

Those were delicious!!! My family devoured them!??

booksbyjanice

Tuesday 25th of October 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

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