brookies: the best of two worlds

When I first moved to Florida the hubs and I hung out with a handful of different couples from his job.  This usually involved eating a meal of some sorts and what meal is complete without dessert? (Hint: NONE.)

I wanted to take a sweet something with us when we met Jeff & Rachel for dinner, but I was torn: brownies or chocolate chip cookies? Both sounded delicious, but making a whole batch of brownies and a whole batch of cookies for 4 adults didn’t exactly appeal to me…or my skinny jeans!

I opted for these little gems, which I affectionately nicknamed: Brookies! 1 part brownie + 1 part cookie = Brookie! The best part is that they are SO simple to make – in fact, if it weren’t for the fact that we only hang out with a handful of couples and the fear that eventually they would be Brookie-d out, I’d make these to take to EVERY potluck!

First you prepare your brownie mix and then fill your pan with it. Traditionally these are made in a square brownie pan, but I have these awesome dessert bar pans that I am obsessed with using – especially if I’m making treats to take some place outside of our home. It pre-portions the dessert so there is no cutting and no whining, “his piece is bigger than my piece – not fair!”

I might have heard that a once or twice in my 10 years as a nanny.

…Or maybe enough to never want to hear it again.

After I portion out the brownie mix evenly among the squares, I place one teaspoon of chocolate chip cookie dough mix on top. No need to mash it down or anything, it can sit nicely on top. Then bake on 375 until edges are crispy and cookie appears golden brown on top. Voila!

Now that I’m thinking about it… a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the cookie craters would be the proverbial cherry on top! I might just save that addition for next time – good thing these are a dessert staple so it won’t be a long wait.

I wonder what other combinations would work out as well as these two classic desserts? Maybe a peanut butter cookie for a Reeses-inspired Brookie? Ideas?

8 Comments to “brookies: the best of two worlds”

  1. Bianca-I am loving this post!!! I am probably going to copy this for a hangout with friends this weekend. I’m also loving that I share the name of this dessert! Hahaha :) Thanks for sharing! Love it!

  2. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my keyboard!! These are amazing!

  3. Scrumptious-looking! They’re interesting looking, too. Like little tiny bakery explosions. ; D

  4. Oh wow, these look amazing!!!

  5. This is genius! They look so yummy!! I usually can never finish an entire brownie (too rich for me), but I think I could eat a lot of brookies :)

  6. I need to know more about that pan. :)

  7. OMG, this is what I want now!! I’m practically drooling over this because I’m on a strict diet now. :(

  8. Um, yes please. Seriously, this looks amazing! What a brilliant idea!

    Also, love the “his piece is bigger than mine” reference… sooo been there, heard that with nannying. ;)

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