Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies - and the great ganache debate

February 9, 2011
I love chocolate chip cookies.  I love brownies.  So, when I found this idea for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies, how could I resist?  And let me just tell you ~ these are sooo good, you won't be able to resist either.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies ~ Bring together the best of two worlds!  Two favorites so good together, you and your family won't be able to resist.


These scrumptious brownies bring together the best of two worlds ~ the all-time favorite classics of chocolate chip cookies and chocolate-y brownies.  It's a combination that just has to be tried.  No questions asked.

So when you feel like baking and can't quite make up your mind between chocolate chip cookies and brownies, it's simple ~ just make both!  Together in one pan with this fabulous duo recipe.


When you feel like baking and can't quite make up your mind between chocolate chip cookies and brownies, it's simple ~ just make both!  Together in one pan with this fabulous duo recipe.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies are one of our family's favorites.  And I'm betting they'll be one of your favorites, too.

Besides their great taste, one of the best things about these brownies is they're really easy to make.  Especially when you take advantage of using a box brownie mix like I do.

Stack of Cookie Dough Brownies Image

To make a batch, simply mix up a batch of brownie batter and spread it in a baking pan.

Then drop spoonfuls of scratch-made chocolate chip cookie dough all over the top.

I found that a 1/2 batch of standard chocolate chip cookie dough batter was the perfect amount to top the brownie batter.

When your batch is ready to bake, it should look about like this:

Brownie Batter Topped with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Image

Bake it all up until the brownie part is all cooked up, and the cookie part is golden brown.  You want something like this:

Pan of Cookie Dough Brownies Image

Now, the only problem with this recipe is that it has caused "The Great Ganache Debate" in our household.

The original recipe I saw for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies calls for topping the brownie yumminess with a layer of ganache.  I had never made ganache before, and had always thought it was difficult.  I was sooooo wrong!  It's way easy.

Anyway - the first batch of brownies I made, I followed the original recipe and put on the ganache topping.  Don't get me wrong - it's very good this way!

Besides their great taste, one of the best things about these brownies is they're really easy to make.  Especially when you take advantage of using a box brownie mix like I do.  

But me being me always tinkering with recipes, I wondered how it would be without the ganache topping.  Both my husband and I found the topping to be a bit overpowering - kind of taking over the whole taste of the brownie.

We decided I should make another batch without the ganache topping.  So, I did.

Which has now led to "The Great Ganache Debate" in our family.  The verdict? --- I'm undecided.  Sometimes I think I like the non-ganache ("naked") ones best; sometimes I think I like the ganache-topped ones best.  

Mark is 100% behind the naked ones.

When you give these a try, let us know if you have a preference ... ganache or no ganache.  We'll be interested to hear what you think!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies Topped with Chocolate Ganache Image
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
Source:  Adapted from Bakerella
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
Brownies:
  • 1 box of brownie mix + ingredients listed on the box. (Or, a batch of your favorite brownie batter.)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:
I found that a 1/2 batch of standard chocolate chip cookie dough batter was the perfect amount.  Here are the measurements for a 1/2 batch of dough.
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c. + 1/8 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. + 1/8 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/8 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chocolate Ganache:
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 6 T. unsalted butter
Directions
  1. Prepare the Brownie Batter: Prepare the brownie batter, according to the package directions (or according to your favorite brownie's recipe). Place brownie batter in a greased 9x13" pan.
  2. Prepare the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: In a large bowl combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls onto the brownie batter. Using the palm of your hand, push the cookie dough down into the brownie batter just a little bit.
  4. Bake: Bake for 35-40 minutes in a 350 degree preheated oven. When they’re done, take them out and let them cool completely (for about an hour).
  5. Prepare the Chocolate Ganache: (skip this step for the naked version) In a small saucepan, heat cream and butter until just before the boiling stage. Pour over the chocolate chips. Let sit for about 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. I found that whisking the mixture with a fork worked great to get the chocolate chips melted and the ganache smooth. Pour ganache over the brownies and let set before cutting.

Enjoy!

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7 comments

  1. wow Tracey Congratulations on the new blog
    I think that I would love to try this one but I don't think I would like the ganache on them
    Being the non cook I am I probably won't try them until you bring them to a church function LOL
    Mark sounds like when Ethan learns a new word Good luck with that
    Look forward to more !!!

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  2. ohhhhh, just found the blog! already addicted! I will take 'em ganached or no, a Tracey-treat is a Tracey-treat! No looking a gift-horse in the mouth here! :)

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  3. Oh gosh can I have the one with the fudge on top!?

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  4. I love these, they're probably one of my favorites!

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  5. These look great! I don't know if I could decide between the naked ones or the ganache either! I'd love for you check out our new link party where we make the features! Thanks for sharing! http://uncookiecutter.com/2016/02/pineapple-cake-you-link-it-we-make-it-2/

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  6. Mam can u plz Gv d measurementz for d above recipie in grams....Thank u

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  7. Your Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies look fantastic and thanks so much for sharing them with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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