Are you cooking up some sweets for your sweeties this Valentine’s Day? I got a little crafty in the kitchen this week and made this pretty, DELICIOUS Valentine’s Day Brownie Cookie Combo. When I posted a pic of my creation on Facebook you guys affectionately named it “The Brookie.” I like it!
I started with a boxed brownie mix because I had one on hand (and also I’m a semi-slacker). The cookie dough I made from scratch but you could easily go with boxed or refrigerated dough here too. But I will tell you, the recipe for the cookie dough that I have here is gooooood. And I should mention that it leaves you with enough to dough to bake up a solid 3 dozen cookies on top of The Brookie. You may even get more than that. I may or may not have helped myself to a (few) spoonful of dough before baking.
You make both doughs and then layer them in the pan like this.
Use a knife to kind of swirl the cookie dough throughout the brownie mix and then press a few more M&Ms on top for good measure.
They taste as good as they look. What’s not to like about brownies AND chocolate chip cookies all in one bite?
Moist, delicious, and chocolaty. It’s a winner, folks! The Valentine’s Day theme comes from the pink and red M&Ms but you could easily switch this up for any occasion by adding some candies that match the colors of the holiday. Green for St. Patty’s day, pastel colors for Easter, etc. etc. There is no WRONG time to make The Brookie!
- 1 Brownie Mix, prepared (will need eggs, oil, and water)
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. hot water
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/4 cup Valentine's M&Ms, divided
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare brownie mix as directed on the box. Stir in the white chocolate chips if you're using them. Set the bowl aside and prepare the cookie dough.
- Beat the butter and both sugars together until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
- Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water then add that and the salt to the mix and combine well.
- Add the flour one cup at a time. When the batter is well-mixed pour in the chocolate chips and 1 cup of the M&Ms. Stir these in by hand. If you use the mixer they'll get all broken up.
- Spray the bottom of a 9"x13" pan with cookie spray.
- Pour the brownie mix into the pan and spread until it evenly coats the bottom.
- Drop hunks of cookie dough by the heaping spoonful randomly over the top of the brownie batter. You'll have lots of dough left over (3 dozen cookies worth...BONUS!).
- Use a knife to swirl the cookie dough through the brownie mix. The two batters are not the same consistency so this can be a little tricky but if you use an 'S' pattern both width and lengthwise it should easily spread pieces of cookie dough into every piece of the bars.
- Take the remaining M&Ms and gently press them on top of the dough before baking.
- Bake on the middle rack in your oven for 20-25 minutes.
- Once they're baked, set them aside to cool and cook the rest of the cookie dough:
- Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, same temperature as the bars.
I used a boxed brownie mix because I had one on hand but if you're feeling really ambitious you can make these from scratch, too. OR, if you're feeling less ambitious you can use a boxed cookie dough mix or refrigerated dough! This recipe can easily be adapted for other holidays. Just change the pink and red M&Ms to some candy that matches the colors of the season.