Brookies (Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars)
Combining brownies and chocolate chip cookies will sure win hearts! Baker#2 with Inspiration Mixes did a “staycation” in March 2020 where she figured out how to make gluten-free “Brookies” from our Alanah’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix and Delicious Cake and Brownie Mix.
The scent of brownies AND cookies filled the house during the last 10 minutes of baking. Baker#2 made two batches as a way to use up the mixes; however, you could always bake a batch of brownies and later bake a small batch of cookies.
Servings: around 24 Brookies
For the Brownie Batter
½ package of Inspiration Mix Cake & Brownie Mix
1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
For the Cookie Dough
½ package of Inspiration Mix Alanah’s Cookie Mix
1 stick (1/2 cup) + 2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
6 Tablespoons of brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 large egg
6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Set the oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9x2-inch pan with parchment paper (bring the parchment up the sides of the pan so there is a slight overhang) and grease with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Coconut spray would add subtle flavoring to the Brookies. You can also use foil but Baker #2 prefers parchment paper because it allows you to pull the Brookies out as an entire slab when cooled.
Make the brownie batter: Melt butter and sugar together on the stove. Remove the mixture from the heat. You can also use the microwave to melt the butter; just remove it from the microwave before adding the sugar. Don’t worry about not melting in the sugar. It works both ways. Add vanilla and 1¾ cup or 9.5 ounces of Inspiration Mix Cake and Brownie, which is half of a box. Stir until well-blended. Add the eggs and vigorously stir 50 times by hand or blend with a hand mixer on medium-low for about 1 minute. Spread the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Set aside.
Make the cookie dough: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle or beaters, beat the butter and both sugars for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Add the vanilla and egg and beat for 1 minute more. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again. Add 11/3 cups or 6.5 ounces of Alanah’s Cookie Mix (half of the box) slowly into the creamed mixture until well blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
Drop small spoonfuls of the cookie dough evenly over the brownie batter (no need to spread it out or press it down). Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. The parchment paper may make it difficult to cinch down the foil, but that’s okay, it just needs to cover the surface of the pan. Remove the foil and continue baking until the brownie edges are shiny and the cookie portion is golden brown, about 15-20 minutes more. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool completely. To cut, lift the Brookies out of the pan using the parchment overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Pull the parchment away from the edges. Making sure you have placed the Brookies and parchment paper on a durable cutting surface, use a sharp knife to cut the Brookies into 2-inch squares.
Enjoy! These squares keep well in the freezer.