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Cookie Dough Brownies

When I take these rich brownies to any get-together, I carry the recipe, too, because it always gets requested. Children of all ages love the tempting "cookie dough" filling. This special treat is typically the first to be gone from the buffet table—even before the entrees! —Wendy Bailey, Elida, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Combine flour, cocoa and salt; gradually beat into egg mixture. Stir in walnuts if desired.
  • Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick insert in center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  • For filling, in a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Spread over brownies; chill until firm.
  • For glaze, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Spread over filling. Immediately sprinkle with nuts, pressing down slightly. Let stand until set.
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  • Stacy
    Feb 24, 2021

    I've been making these for 25 years and they are ALWAYS a hit! My husband requests them for his birthday every year.

  • Water4Chocolate
    Jul 9, 2020

    I am in disbelief that TOH staff would still support a recipe that uses Unbaked Flour! It's been in the news for a number of years that it can harbor dangerous bacteria and/or toxins! Please find a way to pre-bake the flour prior to adding to recipe. Thank you.

  • justmbeth
    May 28, 2018

    This was an ok brownie recipe. I doubled the cookie dough layer as some suggested but I thought it was too much. Maybe 1 1/2 recipes would work?

  • sgronholz
    Apr 4, 2018

    This is one of my very favorite dessert recipes! I've been making these brownies ever since they first appeared in TOH in 1995. They always bring rave reviews and a pan of them never lasts very long!

  • sparkplug9902
    Jul 13, 2017

    These brownies are delicious. After reading the other reviews, I used boxed brownie mix (9x13 size), doubled the filling, and added mini chocolate chips. I will make these again.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 18, 2017

    These definitely satisfy our sweet tooth. They're yummy!

  • spiceygas
    Oct 27, 2015

    You need to double the cookie dough portion. Otherwise there isn't enough.Great brownies. Cookie dough is amazing. They are much richer than I expected.

  • mom2lauren
    Sep 12, 2015

    No comment left

  • jdrose2020
    Aug 31, 2015

    These were AMAZING! I will definitely make these again! Loved the taste of the brown sugar combined with the chocolate and brownie!

  • timmel
    Jul 21, 2015

    Really, really rich! Great to take to a bake sale or potluck because they cut into squares easily.