best of both worlds. [brookies]

June 25th, 2021 by | comments

These bars are the best of both worlds – brownies and chocolate chip cookies AKA brookies! They’re stacked with Ghirardelli triple fudge brownies, homemade chocolate chip cookies and salty pretzels. If you know me well, you know I’m not a big fan of chocolate, so to be honest, I didn’t even eat one of these. I more so made them for my husband and family because after all, there are some people in this world who enjoy chocolate. :-) From their reactions, I can confirm these brookies were an absolute hit and devoured very quickly.

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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 box Ghirardelli Triple Fudge Premium Brownie Mix
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1-inch slices
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ½ package (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Pretzel twists, broken up into small pieces, for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8"x8" glass baking dish and set aside.
  2. For the brownies:
  3. Prepare brownie mix according to package instructions, then pour into the greased baking dish.
  4. For the chocolate chip cookies:
  5. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl, then set aside.
  6. In a separate medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cold butter slices and vanilla extract, whisking together with a hand mixture until creamy.
  7. Add the egg and mix on low speed until just incorporated, 10-15 seconds.
  8. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium-low speed until just incorporated.
  9. Gently fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  10. For assembly and baking:
  11. Using a tablespoon-sized cookie scoop, drop the dough in small scoops on top of the brownie mixture, until the surface is covered with dollops of cookie dough. Using a spatula, very gently spread the dough so the majority of the brownie mixture is covered (it's fine if it's not completely spread out).
  12. Next, add desired about of crumbled pretzels on top of the cookie dough, gently pressing them down with the palm of your hand.
  13. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes (until the cookie dough is golden brown), then lay a piece of foil on top of the pan (to prevent the cookies from browning too much), and bake an additional 20 minutes, until the center is just slightly jiggly.
  14. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting and removing from pan.


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