Brookies (Brownie + Cookie)

Have a sweet craving but can’t decide whether to go for chocolate chip cookies or decadent brownies? Meet the brookie. If you haven’t met her yet, she’s sure to change your life. Super cute. Super delicious. Super unique. Super angelic and naughty all at the same time.

Brookies (Brownie + Cookie)

The concept of the brookie is brilliant. But brilliance wouldn’t matter one little lick if the finished cookie wasn’t edible or if the batters didn’t have the same consistency while baking or if they looked a mess. These brookies have looks and taste and foolproof factor going for them.

I wish you could have seen the expressions on the faces of my children when they came home to these beauties. My 10-year old was sure they came from the store (I tried not to be offended) and when they realized they were homemade, there was nothing to do but make another batch the next day so they could get in on the smushing-together-to-create-the-brookie-effect action (see below the recipe for a quick little tutorial on that – thanks to my son, Jackson, for taking the pictures while I did the handiwork).

Brookies (Brownie + Cookie)

Not only are these cookies sure to earn you very high rock star points, but their appeal is instantaneous. An ideal dessert for indecisive souls, one glance and anyone can see that this is the perfect marriage between two of the most classic sweets of all time.

I have a couple bags of these sitting in my freezer as we speak. And if you want to know something truly naughty…these brookies are fantastic straight from the freezer. I apologize in advance for what the combo of that knowledge and this recipe may mean for you and your loved ones.

Brookies (Brownie + Cookie)

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Brookies {Brownie + Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Yield: Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Brookies {Brownie + Chocolate Chip Cookies}

As mentioned in the post above, I have completely revamped this recipe to make it foolproof thanks to many of you leaving feedback that the cookies weren't turning out right. I have also added weight measurements for those that like to be ultra-precise (let's start a support group together, shall we?). The cookies are still soft, chewy and completely delicious and dare I say even better than the first iteration of the recipe. Thanks for your patience and for all your comments to help me troubleshoot the recipe.

A note about measuring the dry ingredients - if you aren't using a scale to weigh the ingredients, measure with a light hand. I fluff the flour before scooping and leveling the cup but you may want to spoon in the flour/cocoa powder and leveling off that way. It doesn't take much flour to get five ounces in a cup which is what I use as my general standard and what I go by when developing a recipe.

And last thing, if you generally end up with flat cookies (more flat than you want), it may be due to how you measure the flour (see the note above), overly soft butter (make sure it is just at room temperature) and/or high altitude (consider adding a tablespoon or two extra flour to the cookie doughs as that sometimes help high altitude cookie making). These cookies aren't overly thick but they shouldn't be super flat either - nice, soft and chewy, that's what you are after.

Ingredients

    Brownie Cookie Batter:
  • 10 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar (5 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar (5 ounces)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons flour (7.25 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (1.5 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter:
  • 10 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar (5 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar (5 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (about 10.75 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips (mini size preferred)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silpat liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. For the brownie cookie batter, in a medium bowl with a handheld electric mixer (or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer), beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together until smooth and creamy, 1-2 minutes. Add the egg, yolk and vanilla and beat the mixture for 2-3 minutes until light in color.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until combined. Cover and refrigerate while making the chocolate chip cookie batter.
  4. For the chocolate chip cookie batter, in the bowl of an electric stand mixer or with a handheld electric mixer, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  5. Blend in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla, mixing for 2-3 minutes until the batter is very light in color. In a separate small bowl (you can use the same one as the brownie batter dry ingredients), whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the batter with the chocolate chips and mix until no dry streaks remain and the chocolate chips are evenly distributed.
  6. Portion both sets of dough into about 4 dozen equal pieces; they will be small teaspoon or so sized balls (if you want to be super precise, I weigh about .5 ounce balls for the brownie batter and .65 ounce balls for the chocolate chip cookie batter).
  7. Grabbing one chocolate chip cookie ball and one brownie batter ball, press them together and use your hands to gently form into a cookie shape, flattening and turning to smooth the edges and form a flattish but still thick cookie shape; they'll spread out while baking. See the simple picture tutorial below the recipe, if needed.
  8. Bake the cookies on the prepared baking sheets for 8-10 minutes. Don't overbake or they will be dry and crunchy - underbake just slightly for a soft, chewy texture. It's ok if the chocolate side crackles just a bit. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before scooping onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/brookies/

Recipe Source: inspired by this recipe from this recipe at Urban Bakes 

Brookies (Brownie + Cookie)

158 Responses to Brookies {Brownie + Chocolate Chip Cookies}

  1. maria says:

    made the other night but the batter came out to running in a way but I do contribute that to the butter being to softened due to the hot weather ..will try again and add more flour and make sure the butter is a little more cold..other then that they were yummy everyone loved them!!!!

  2. Mel, I have a funny story about my brookies. Just added to my own little blog. http://love2cooksweets.blogspot.com/2015/02/brookies-are-cookie-that-you-love.html Thank you for the recipes.

    • Mel says:

      That was so cute, Virginia! My 2 1/2 year old loves Pocoyo although I’m not sure she would have identified the cookies as brookies. :)

  3. Lexy says:

    I just made 3 dozen 8 Brookies and they are super good with a very cool appearance. Can’t wait to share them with a gathering Thursday night…they will be gone in a minute.

    I must thank you for writing an explicit set of directions. So often bloggers leave out little
    facts that make me go boggers…you were totally complete with extra direction to boot.
    So I just wanted to say how delicious and impressed I am with this recipe. Only downer for me was the mess of bowls and measuring twice for everything. I did use my scale which I never use and it turned me into a follower of scale measuring for sure….easier than cups etc and faster too. So thanks for it all and I’ll be checking out other recipes on your blog.

  4. lexy says:

    delicious

  5. Shae says:

    Trying to make these and unsure if it calls for two eggs per batter, add egg, yolk…….is this one egg or 1 egg + yolk of another egg? Confused, not really a baker but they look so good had to try…lol

  6. Jenn says:

    I love this Brookie recipe only problem was my cookies came out really big and super thin (still amazing taste) but how can i get them to look thick and chewy like yours?

  7. Maureen says:

    Can dough be frozen in cookie form after joining the separate doughs? Excited to try this!

    • Mel says:

      Haven’t tried that, Maureen, but you could definitely experiment.

    • Stefanie says:

      Maureen –
      Cookies can absolutely be frozen after forming. As a matter of fact, this might help with the cookies that are too thin. Shape them and place them side by side on a tray (don’t worry if they are touching) and put in the freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, pop them off the tray and into a zip-top bag. They can stay this way for weeks and allows you to make fresh cookies anytime. To bake, place frozen cookies on a tray and into the oven, no need to thaw.

      Enjoy, Stefanie

  8. Rebecca says:

    Can’t wait to make these but don’t need the temptation of having 48 cookies in the house!
    At what point is it okay to freeze them? Before mixing the batters? Before or after baking?

  9. ana bejman says:

    Se ven deliciosas, gracias.

  10. Kate says:

    Hi Mel! First of all, let me say I love your blog!
    This cookie batter had a sticky consistency…and from other comments I think people are having the same problems. I added a little more flour, but after it didn’t “unstick” I just worked with it. AND…they were AMAZING! So I don’t really worry about the consistency of these anymore. Thanks again!

  11. Ife A, says:

    Hi Mel. This is the first recipe I’ve tried from pinterest. They were so good and turned out perfect the first time. I love to bake so I will definitely visit this blog again. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Erin says:

    I received so many complements on these cookies! You make me look good Mel… Thank you!

  13. Kristin says:

    This afternoon I finally got around to preparing the doughs for this cookie after having the recipe sit in my “to try” list for months and months and months. Once I got to the portion of combining the two doughs, I logged on for the visual reminder of what it should look like – only to discover that the recipe had been totally revamped and that the cookies I had prepared pretty much weren’t going to turn out. Bummer! Of course they turned out comically bad. They could go straight to a “Pinterest Fail” photo spread. Haha! Not sure if I’ll be trying them again, though, with the new recipe … but I HAVE learned now to always double check your website for tips and changes to recipes!!

  14. Shamey says:

    the brownie side of these cookies were pretty flavorless… Did I maybe make an error or?

    • Mei Freeman says:

      I too felt the the cookies were flavorless – brownie & choco chip wise. They looked pretty (someone even asked me where I bought them) but flavor wise not certain they were worth the effort of making two doughs to marry together into one mediocre cookie. Even threw some away after they sat around for a couple of days.

  15. Hannah says:

    Are these peanut free?:)

  16. LOVE this recipe. I live in Denmark and made them for my boyfriend’s coworkers on his birthday. They were a huge hit and I wrote about it on my blog here: http://www.juliasconfectioncollection.com :)

    Julia

  17. Joyce says:

    I used a brownie box mix and shaped it into a log. Then bought the premade cookie dough log. I squeeze both logs together and cut into cookies. It turned out great. Thanks for the great brookie idea!

  18. Gisela says:

    What wonderful cookies, and so attractive. I had no problem making these and took the recipe one step further and made ice cream sandwiches, with vanilla ice cream sandwiched between 2 cookies. They were delicious. Thank you for this recipe.

  19. Jocy says:

    This looks delicious, i was wondering if ithe brookirs Could be made into a bar? What size pan and how long would you bake? Thanks

    • Mel says:

      I haven’t tried that, Jocy – but you might try googling a brookie bar recipe online to see how you might adapt this one. Good luck!

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