Brookies, I don’t know who came up with the idea but it’s a really good one. Best of both worlds. You don’t have to pick one as you get both baked into one. When I baked these, the daffodils and muscaris were in bloom, and my kids were dividing the chicken duties and making lists. So you will see the blooms and the chore list as props in the pictures along with a batch of Brookies.
My younger daughter loves animals, I know, don’t all the kids love animals and reading about them?…yes they do. From when she was very young, I could tell that her love runs a little deeper than the other kids of her age. She wanted to have a cat or a dog but due to my allergies and my fear of living with indoor pets, my kids never got to have a cat or dog.
It was mid of February 2020, we brought home four chicks, we got them right before the Covid-19 madness, and during the end of bitter cold winter. So we put them in a box in our dining room and later build a bigger box and there they stayed for the next 6 weeks! Do not ask me how and why I do not want to revisit that time. But my little one was adamant about keeping them indoors until the weather was perfect for them. She can be very persuasive when she comes in loaded with chicken facts. Read more about the chicks who are now a few months old, healthy and beautiful egg-laying chickens click here
Once the chicks were home we talked about how they were going to grow and how they would need more care from us. that’s when my kids sat down together to make a list of everything that the chickens need and started dividing the chores between the two of them.
I knew they could manage and come to a happy solution I decided to bake a batch of fudge brownies as a reward, knowing how they love baked desserts especially brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Ask I was mixing the brownie batter I remembered I have cookie batter in the fridge. That’s when I thought of baking both the chocolate chip cookie dough and the fudge brownie batter in the same pan. I have had brookies before, so I knew it would taste good and why won’t they?
I’ll be honest, I haven’t always made these from scratch, sometime we have a box mix of brownies. so I just use one of those and bake the cookies from scratch. Hey, we all live busy lives so if you do have a a box of brownie mix use that. I absolutely love the ghirardelli brownie mix, so thats the one I use.
Brookie—the half brownie & half cookie
It can be a little tricky to whip up both, the dough and batter. Here is what you can do, gather all the ingredients for brownie mixture and cookie dough keep them sperate. Prepare the pan by laying parchment paper in a 13 x 9 pan, leave a couple of inches overhang. Preheat the oven. First, mix the brownie batter by following the instructions above and pour the batter into the prepared pan. Then mix the ingredients for the cookie dough.
For the brownie layer, I followed the trusty brownie recipe that I posted earlier here. It is the best one I have tried bakes into a perfect brownie with a crackly top and the tastes like pure fudge.
[recipe title=”Brownies” servings=”16″ time=”1hr” difficulty=”easy”]
– 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, unsalted
– 8 ounces plus 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
– 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
– 3 extra-large eggs
– 1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee, such as Nescafe
– 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
– 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
– 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
– 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Melt the butter, 8 ounces of the chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate together in a medium bowl set over simmering water. Allow cooling for 15 minutes.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, coffee, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the cooled melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture.
3. In a medium bowl, sift together 1/2 cup of the flour, the baking powder, and salt and add to the chocolate mixture. Toss the remaining 6 ounces of chocolate chips and the remaining 2 tablespoons of flour in a medium bowl and add them to the chocolate mixture.
For the cookie part, I followed the following recipe that’s a bit chewy and soft. This is my go-to recipe, it’s quick and easy and never fails to deliver what one needs in a perfect chocolate chip cookie.
[recipe title=”Classic chocolate chip cookies” servings=”50 cookies” time=”35 minutes” difficulty=”easy”]
* 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
* 3/4 cup granulated sugar
* 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 eggs
* 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups Milk Chocolate Chips 1 cup
1. Cream butter, both sugars, and vanilla in the mixer until creamy.
2. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well.
3. Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt; I usually use a whisk to mix the dry ingredients.
4. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until well blended.
5. Stir in chocolate chips. The dough is ready to be layered.
Drop small spoonfuls of the cookie dough evenly over the brownie batter, the dough will spread once it starts baking. Bake for about 40 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool completely. To cut, lift the brookies out of the pan using the parchment overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Pull the parchment away from the edges. Using a sharp knife, cut the brookies into squares directly on the parchment.
Once you have whipped the batter for brownies and the dough for the cookies, you just need to layer everything in the prepared pan.
[recipe title=”Brookies” servings=”26 inch squares” time=”1hr 15mins” difficulty=”Easy”]
– Brownie batter
– Cookie dough
– 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
– 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1. Set the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°F.
2. Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper. Grease with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
3. First, pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Then drop spoonfuls of cookie dough.
4. Press in chocolate chips and sprinkle sea salt.
5. Bake at 350ºF for about 34 – 38 minutes. Cut into when completely cooled.
[recipe-notes] Tips & Tricks:
Serve with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of the whipped cream. Do not over bake, the brookies are done when a toothpick comes out almost clean just not wet.
Also, feel free to used box mix for the brownie layer, chocolate chip cookies however are best when homemade.