While I was doing my holiday baking, my daughter came up with the idea of combining Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with my brownie and chocolate chip cookie recipes. I began experimenting with a Chocolate Chip Cookie Topped Brownies
While the individual components were all amazing (how can you go wrong with brownies, chocolate chip cookies and Reese’s?), cooking them together took a bit of work to get them just the way we liked.
My first attempt tasted great, but because the brownie recipe I used took so much longer to cook than the cookie recipe, the cookies were much too crisp for my liking. I like a soft and crispy cookie, and this chocolate chip cookie topped brownie recipe ended up being hard after the second day.
But you know what they say, don’t you? If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! And that is exactly what I did.
I began playing around with the chocolate chip cookie recipe, and experimenting with baking the brownies for a bit prior to adding the chocolate chip cookie dough on top. In the end, I completely omitted the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups because it got a point where I was just wasting them with my experiments. A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is a horrible thing to waste! And of course, the ingredients for brownies and cookies are much less expensive than bags of Reese’s!
I eventually found the perfect combination in an old Heshey’s brownie recipe and Nestle chocolate chip cookie recipe. You can use any recipes you like, or even substitute a boxed brownie mix for the brownie recipe portion – just make sure that you adjust your cooking times accordingly.
After my daughter and I spent so much time perfecting this delicious dessert, we noticed that there is a box mix version of this on store shelves. You simply add water, eggs and butter and then layer it in a pan and you’re done. Where’s the fun in that?!
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Chocolate chip cookie topped brownies
This recipe begins with a rich and moist brownie and is topped off with a light and crispy chocolate chip cookie. It's the best of both worlds!
Yield: Serves 9
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
1 stick melted unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 sticks butter, softened
3 ounces granulated sugar
3 ounces packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 8 x 8 baking pan (or use non-stick cooking spray).
For the brownie portion: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour into greased pan.
For the cookie portion: Combine the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl and beat at a medium speed for two minutes, then add the remaining ingredients and beat until combined.
Drop the chocolate chip cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the brownie batter, ensuring that the entire dish is covered evenly.
Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the chocolate chip cookie topped brownies comes out clean.