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Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe

Cookie Dough Brownies Recipe

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 YIELD:36 servings


  • 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 (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 221 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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sparkplug9902 User ID: 1269769 269434
Reviewed 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 User ID: 845443 268089
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2017

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

spiceygas User ID: 3317044 235717
Reviewed 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."

jdrose2020 User ID: 8516730 232079
Reviewed 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 User ID: 759358 229928
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2015

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

berg1444 User ID: 8028415 227593
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2015

"I made 2 pans last week, 1 for a function and another for myself. The whole pan was gone quickly at the function. I also have very strict dietary restrictions due to allergies and I was able to make this without dairy, eggs and soy which was a definite plus for me. We just subbed apple sauce for eggs, and used soy free dairy free butter, almond milk and dairy free chocolate chips. I was a bit skeptical of how they would turn out but boy was I surprised how great they were. Wonderful dessert and we will be making these again soon!"

redcow User ID: 47124 227531
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"I baked the brownies only 20 minutes so would not be dry. Still the brownie was nothing special. I doubled the filling like many other posters had stated and divided the filling adding mini chocolate chips to half and mint chips to the other half before spreading it over the brownies. It was too much filling for the amount of brownie, my fault. I did like the filling that had the mint chips in it. The glaze was too hard, thus making it hard to cut. Glaze broke up in chunks, I do not plan on making them again."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 225350
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2015

"We omitted the nuts, but followed the rest of the recipe. We had to double the ingredients for the cookie dough mixture. It was absolutely amazing!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 223349
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"I recall making these back in the late 90's and I made them again this afternoon! I've omitted the nuts but added 1/2 to 3/4 cup mixed peanut butter/chocolate chips mixed with 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour to the batter. For filling, I'd blended in a cup of mixed milk chocolate/peanut butter chocolate chips along with the cookie dough mixture. For glaze, I'd used the mixture of 1 cup mixed peanut butter & chocolate chips along with the shortening. I allowed brownies to cool quite a while, and while brownies had baked, I'd made the filling and placed it in a container. Once the brownies cooled off, I'd spread over the brownies, then made the glaze and just spread that over the cookie dough filling and chilled the whole pan of brownies. I did bake 30 minutes and brownies tested done. I purposely did not sprinkle with walnuts.

This recipe is from my Crate 0' Recipes-TOH 3rd Edition!
Having the Crate 0' Recipes has been very handy for me as I can see the product I'm preparing! I greased and floured my baking pan! This works best for me and allows me to remove the brownies/bars much more easily from the pan! I used a double boiler to make the glaze. This has worked well for me, too!
This way, the mixture stays at a warm temperature and I think it keeps its liquid consistency until ready to spread! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I plan to take it and present these brownies to
people connected with the hospital where I volunteer!

sarastangledweb User ID: 8272821 221448
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"I have made this recipe many times over the last 15ish years, and every time I try to make it, the brownies are hard and dry. I have switched to a Ghiradelli boxed brownie mix and it comes out much better. I double the filling and ganache amounts, stir mini chocolate chips into the filling (for chocolate chip cookie dough, of course, how could you not?), and then serve them in small pieces, much like fudge. Also, I make the glaze in a double boiler rather than a microwave--easier to avoid burning the chocolate that way. Naturally, I only make this rich recipe when I'm going to a large gathering! But it's always loved."

jenilovesdaisies User ID: 532785 213862
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"I add mini chocolate chips to the cookie dough, omit the nuts and halve the chocolate topping. I just drizzle melted chocolate over the top. These are rich and delicious!"

puzzlemad User ID: 3329799 6240
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"Very good! I doubled the cookie dough part like many suggested. I also made brownies as directed and thy were moist & good. Perhaps due to different oven temps some had problems or maybe they left them in too long."

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 4620
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"Very deep rich chocolate flavor. I also added a few tablespoons of mini chocolate chips to the cookie dough batter. I did not add any nuts to these brownies. I did cut the recipe in half and use a 8 by 8 dish to bake them for 25 minutes and the recipe turned out well."

cindyb8992 User ID: 4635001 11542
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"Very rich! Big glass of milk it's required :-)"

liliesandroses User ID: 6687262 11063
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"Loved it! Awesome, delicious! Did take a long time to make, though."

[email protected] User ID: 3102613 9324
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"Brownies were a bit dry for our taste. I may have over cooked them slightly though. The filling and glaze were delicious. The Five Star Brownie recipe on this site is my all time favorite brownie for texture. I will try these again."

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 3040
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"This is the richest brownie I have ever eaten! And that's saying something for me! of course, we do double the filling and glaze. We can't help ourselves!! My children ask for it often!"

vsambob User ID: 7257917 9079
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"Great combination. My daughter eats raw cookie dough, so I appreciate the egg-free dough.

The ganache makes it extra special, and I will make a little extra next time.
I also have used crushed peppermint chocolate, instead of the chips."

wendykins User ID: 5990220 7812
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"brownies were dry...will use different brownie recipe next time"

SKTerpstra User ID: 4231446 6855
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Pound-cake like texture to the brownies. The cookie dough layer is less than 1/4" thick. I would increase the dough recipe by at least 50%."

mareb51 User ID: 818092 9322
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"This was awesome. If you love cookie dough and brownies you can't miss with this recipe."

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 8711
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"I doubled the cookie dough filling. These are good, but I agree with other comments about the brownie portion being drier than I would normally like"

Joanzy User ID: 5014709 8708
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"This is a great recipe..even the big kids liked this one! Making for super bowl party. I added 1 tbsp of cocoa to the cookie dough portion. Using just 1 or 2 tsps of cocoa would be enough..more like a candy bar flavor! Super recipe! A keeper!"

LucyNC2012 User ID: 6715257 200239
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"I made these for dinner with my neighbors, and everybody loved them! The recipe is very easy and quick to make, and could be made with ingredients that I had on hand. If I make it again, I will likely double the cookie dough portion of the recipe, but that is a personal preference-it is delicious as it is written."

Jandy60 User ID: 1503441 8707
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"With flour in the cookie dough part, don't you have to bake it?"

Mom Kat User ID: 2116065 6239
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"I used my favorite boxed brownie mix and for a shiny, silky glaze, try melting a can of your favorite frosting on low heat, whisking to help keep smooth. When done, pour over filling and cool. A lot easier than making all from scratch and less time consuming, too!"

NHagen9723 User ID: 6937261 9320
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"My sister-in-law brought these bars to a girls family mini-vacation. Between 6 of us, we finished off the whole pan in 3 days. Every time I walked by the pan I had to take a small piece. They are irresistible. I am now making them for the co-workers. We'll see if they feel the same way as I do about them."

baristababe User ID: 6052912 200238
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

"Love these! The brownie part is moist and soft, just don't overbake! If you do the toothpick test, test the sides. The center should be fudgey so crumbles on the toothpick are fine! Also, instead of cooling the brownies and doing another chocolate layer, I like to just sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top! It's super easy and looks fantastic!"

god'slillgirl User ID: 5389671 15518
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2012

"I made these & took them to my college group & everyone absolutly loved them!!! And they were really easy to make also =D"

[email protected] User ID: 193450 9078
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"A hit with everyone in my family, but I would like a softer, fudgier brownie layer. May play around with that part a bit, but overall, a great recipe!"

senzascusa User ID: 2756822 4601
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"Fantastic idea but the brownie layer themselves are nothing special. You'd never use the brownie recipe by itself, so next time I'll make brownies I LOVE and then layer the same cookie dough recipe on top. I added chocolate chips in the dough to make it seem like choco chip cookie dough. Great idea though and took them to a potlock and everyone loved them, just like I said, not the greatest base brownie recipe--I like them richer and gooier."

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 9317
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"These were good, but my dad and brother thought they were a bit too sweet."

DinaL User ID: 5895841 8223
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"I haven't made this recipe in a couple of years, but it one of my absolute favorites. My sister made these for me the first time I had them and they became a fav... I have made them for parties and office potlucks and they are the first to go... The cookie dough filling is so wonderful that now my sister and I have taken to doubling it for some extra goodness... Actually I think I may make these tomorrow..."

gkeeper333 User ID: 5580824 11539
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"I love this! I have been making this recipe since high school and everyone loves it everytime I make it. If you follow the directions correctly, they will turn out wonderfully!"

mountainmama2244 User ID: 5719012 4577
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I have always used the recipe out of the original magazine, but couldn't find it so I came on line...I was SHOCKED to see anyone DISLIKED this!! My children have ALWAYS loved this well as anyone I've made this for! The cookie dough portion is delicious and you don't have to worry about raw eggs...the kids have talked about using it to make home made cookie dough ice cream!! Follow the directions and it is amazing!!"

julieawynia User ID: 3024721 9316
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Been making these for YEARS! since this recipe was first published in your magazine - maybe mid 90's.....OUR FAMILY BAR FAVORITE!"

beckihomecki User ID: 1537566 8222
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"These brownies are great! I have been making them for years and everybody always loves them. I don't know how these could get a bad reveiw. If you overcook these they will get dry so pull them out when it says to even if you don't think they are done they probably are. If you follow the receipe, you can't go wrong! YUM!"

jeginder User ID: 2930299 4576
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2010

"These brownies are so delicious! I made them quickly, without waiting for the layers to cool, and they still tasted great!"

Sascha18 User ID: 4667359 4574
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

"These were wonderful! I don't see how some people had issues with these. I was in somewhat of a hurry so I had to spread the cookie dough on top before the brownies cooled completely and even put them in the fridge to chill while they were still somewhat warm. They still turned out amazing!"

Italiancook User ID: 1614252 8794
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"I've been making these brownies for years.  I love them."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 6226
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"The cookie dough layer didn't taste like cookie dough, unfortunately. I hate to say this, but try another recipe, instead.

~ Theresa"

Hikinmama User ID: 1608578 7759
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"I tried this recipe for the sweet tooths in my family. They were delicious!!! You can NOT overcook the brownie, so bake for the time given. The cookie dough layer was heavenly (and you could taste it just fine!). This does produce a very sweet brownie-almost like fudge. I left out the nuts. Very popular with the kids!!"

kwf1423 User ID: 4372347 11518
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"These were horrible! I made them for a party and I think two got eaten. Taste nothing like cookie dough!"

135 User ID: 2927843 7753
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"You can't taste the cookie dough layer at all. The brownie itself along with the icing is very good but you might as well leave out the cookie dough layer because you just can't taste it."

sharmaranjan User ID: 4249177 6854
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"Awesome. Simply superb."

sharmaranjan User ID: 4249177 7756
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"Nice Recipe."

jsharrison01 User ID: 3553314 8718
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"These were horrible! My two favorite treats cookie dough and brownies, I thought we couldn't go wrong. The brownies were dry, the cookie dough tasted weird, and the glaze did not spread well on top. I will never make these again!"

hahymen User ID: 3888769 4563
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"The brownie was moist and the cookie dough was delish!!! My whole family loved it!"

jsharrison01 User ID: 3553314 3039
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2009 Edited Nov. 16, 2009

"I was very disappointed in these! Two of my favorite things are brownies and cookie dough, but these were not good. The brownie was dry and yucky, and this cookie dough was bland. I took them to a function and came home with 3/4 of the pan. I don't recommend them."

trevor117 User ID: 4143056 6224
Reviewed May. 12, 2009

"I made just one batch to see what these tasted like and I fell in love. These are the most delicious brownies I have ever had. I will definetely make these agian.

Thanks for the recipe!"

krumkake User ID: 1130149 8616
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2009

"I first made these when I saw them in the original magazine post and took them to a tailgate at my daughter's school - they were so popular that her friends and roommates were always asking for a batch when I would come visit. These are so very good!"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 9074
Reviewed May. 27, 2008

"I made these for a bake sale at work, and everyone loved them. Thanks, Wendy and Taste of Home!"

savvyfarrier User ID: 1775400 6853
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2008

"I made these for my sister's birthday party. She has always been the kid to sneak cookie dough from the fridge. Everybody loved them! Highly recommended!"

Ann Harrington User ID: 2709809 11517
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2008

"These are really good. My whole family loves them. Thanks for a great recipe.


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