Brookies are a fun combination of brownies and chocolate chip cookies.
Just like these Peanut Butter Caramel Bars, the silky caramel layer right in the middle brings these bars to a whole new level!
This brookie recipe is an easy recipe that will be hit wherever it goes!
I am a mom of a teenager. Sometimes I catch myself in denial, I cannot believe my first little baby is a long, lean 16-year-old girl. How did this happen? T
To add insult to injury, my middle child, my only boy, is nipping at her heels as he is half a year away from being 15.
And my littlest baby is a busy, vivacious 10-year-old girl. I want, no wait, I NEED time to slow down.
I like the ages they are now. My husband and I joke that we are in the sweet spot of parenting. Our kids are old enough to do things on their own and take responsibility for themselves.
But they still want to be with us, hug us and talk to us (at least for the next few months).
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, don’t get me wrong. They can be sullen, moody, argumentative and sensitive.
And like many kids their ages, they spend way too much time staring at electronics or talking to friends. I know these are all part of raising kids.
I won’t necessarily miss the moods and the arguments, but one day I will miss their chatter and their presence.
Baking has been a great way for me to connect with my kids. Each of them loves being in the kitchen and they are often eager to help, especially if it involves sweets!
These bars are a cross between our long-time favorites Brookie bars and caramel brownies. They are so easy and so addicting!
So What Does “Brookies” Mean?
Brookies are what happens when chocolate brownies and chocolate chip cookies unite to form one, decadent dessert! These bars are the perfect union between two classic desserts!
How To Make Brookies
These simple bars start with a boxed brownie mix (sometimes you need dessert in a hurry). If you would like to experiment with using a homemade brownie, then I would suggest working off these Irish Cream Brownies.
STEP ONE – Line a 9 x 13 in paper with parchment paper or spray the baking pan with non-stick spray.
Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions, using the lowest bake time and temperature time listed for a 9 x 13-inch pan. Once the brownies reach that low cook time, then remove the brownies and allow them to cool slightly. Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
STEP TWO – Prepare the caramel sauce.
Combine unwrapped caramels and heavy cream in a small saucepan placed over medium heat. Whisk the caramel mixture until smooth.
Stir chocolate into the caramel and whisk until completely blended. Pour the chocolate caramel over the cooling brownies.
STEP THREE – For the last layer, crumble the chocolate chip cookie dough over the caramel mixture. The cookie dough can be the refrigerated tube variety, a pouch mix (prepared), or homemade.
Bake the brookies for an additional 20 minutes or until the cookie layer has set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow bars to cool completely before cutting.
How to Store Brookies
Store your brookies covered in an airtight container for up to one week.
Brookies can also be frozen for up to 3 months if properly covered and placed in a sealed container.
How To Make Brookies In A Muffin Pan
It is super easy to make bite-sized brookies by baking them in muffin pans!
To do this, simply divide the brownie batter between the cups of a muffin pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes; cool. Spoon caramel mixture over the brownie batter, top with cookie dough and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until edges have set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
When the mixing, stirring, and baking get combined with kids and parents; something truly amazing happens. We talk, we laugh, we connect and put aside all those attitudes, arguments and electronics.
Baking and cooking with the kids is something I need to do often with these guys before even more time starts to slip by.
Brookie Recipe Tips
As mentioned above, feel free to swap out homemade brownies or cookie dough in this recipe.
Play around with flavors, peanut butter cookie dough, M & M cookie dough or turtle cookie dough would taste great in this recipe!
Adjusting the oven temperature is really key to making sure your brownies have cooked completely.
The cookie dough layer may appear to be unbaked when you take the pan out of the oven. However, they will bake a little while longer while the pan is cooling.
Sometimes I like to cut my bars while still warm since the caramel can harden around the edges of the pan.
This brownie recipe is my favorite brownie recipe to share with friends and family! It is easy and just tastes so good!
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- 1 18.4 oz box Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix (9 x 13-inch size)
- 1 11oz bag of caramels, unwrapped
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 2 oz chopped bittersweet chocolate
- 1 17.5 oz box Cookie Mix ( I used Pillsbury)
- ¼ cup oats
- Preheat oven to 350. Prepare brownies according to package directions, pour brownie batter into a 9 x 13 inch pan and bake according the package directions. Remove the browneis and allow them to cool slightly. Increase the oven temperature to 375.
- Meanwhile, combine caramels and heavy in cream in saucepan. Continue to stir until mixture is creamy and caramels have melted. Stir in chopped chocolate; stir until combined. Drizzle mixture over the brownies.
- In a seperate bowl, prepare the cookie mix according to package directions; stirring in the oats. Crumble the cookie mixture over the caramel layer, pressing slightly. Bake brownies for an additional 20 minutes or util cookie layer has set and is lightly golden.
Tube refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough can be used in place of the boxed cooke mix.
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Nutrition InformationYield 24
Amount Per Serving Calories 228Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 5mgSodium 125mgFiber 0gSugar 12gProtein 2g