Cookie Dough Brownies-I just had to do it!


I just had to do it!  I made a batch of cookie dough brownies for the press box today!  I sent them with my husband this morning because without any elves to help me at home, I have way too much to accomplish here to head out to Candlestick Park for the day.  I’ll be multitasking while I watch the 49ers game today.  There are so many fun brownie recipes to choose from for the home game press box goodies but ever since I picked up a copy of The Cookie Dough Lover’s cookbook by Lindsay Landis I’ve wanted to try the cookie dough brownie recipe.  I’ve actually wanted to try several recipes from this fun cookbook but I figured her basic brownie recipe was a good place to start.  They are ‘heavenly’ and as sweet as you can imagine brownies to be topped with layers of cookie dough and chocolate glaze.  Simple to make, you just need to allow time for the brownie layer to cool before spreading on the raw eggless cookie dough, which is delicious made with mini chocolate chips.  The pan then sits in the fridge while you whip up the chocolate glaze which spreads beautifully over the cookie dough.  After an additional 30 minutes of chilling time your brownies are ready to be cut and served or stored for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season and not going too crazy trying to get everything done.  With all the holiday eating, which is one of the enjoyable things about this time of year, I’m trying to get in my exercise.  Too bad baking doesn’t qualify as cardio fitness, maybe strength training if your pans are really heavy but I kind of doubt it!

Cookie Dough Brownies-I just had to do it!

Yield: 16 brownies

Adapted from The Cookie Dough Lover's cookbook by Lindsay Landis.


  • For the Brownies
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon dark or Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 & 1/2 ounces (1 bar) dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • For the Chocolate Glaze
  • 3 & 1/2 ounces (1 bar) dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Line the bottom and the sides (2 sheets of paper) of an 8x8" pan with parchment, leaving a slight amount of extra paper to use as handles to remove the cooked brownies, I sprayed my parchment with baking spray.
  3. To make the Brownies
  4. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl that fits over a medium saucepan of simmering water.
  6. Stir until smooth and remove from the heat.
  7. Add the brown sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture has cooled slightly.
  8. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla.
  9. Using a large rubber spatula fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture with a light hand, don't over mix.
  10. Pour into the prepared pan.
  11. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until set in the center.
  12. Place on wire rack to cool completely.
  13. To make the Cookie Dough
  14. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  15. Mix in the cream and vanilla, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  16. Add the flour and salt, stir until mixed.
  17. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  18. Gently spread over the cooled brownies and place in the fridge while you make the glaze.
  19. For the Glaze
  20. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
  21. Stir until smooth.
  22. Pour glaze over the cookie dough and carefully spread as evenly as possible over the top.
  23. Place the pan in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  24. Using the edges of the parchment lift the brownies out of the pan and onto a heavy cutting board.
  25. Using a large sharp knife cut the brownies into 2" squares.
  26. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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  1. Could you send over a batch of these brownies, pretty please?! Wow!! {For me, calorie burning comes in the form of stress this time of year.} :P

  2. They look seriously rich and decadent!

  3. So cool. I definitely prefer cookie dough to actual cookies , so I am loving this.

  4. Oh mah gosh! Pretty, delicious, beautiful… want, want, want!

  5. Now, how do I get myself into that press box?!?! They are a well fed bunch of people there! I’m sure they will be very very happy to find these brownies on their sweets table!

  6. These look so incredible, Patty! Love that cookie dough filling and the chocolate glaze!

  7. I’m so glad you did it! Boy, how dangerously those brownies look! Too bad you didn’t send me some, well, maybe next time ;)

  8. Oh Patty….there is nothing better than brownies….with LAYERS! These look divine! (I’m going to have to look into that cookie dough book!)

  9. Impressive, Patty! I won this book on a blog giveaway but haven’t baked anything from it yet. I could see how addictive these would be.

  10. I bet these were a huge hit at the press box! They look really tasty and I love the mini chocolate chips in here too. I got to make these soon. Have a great week Patty!

  11. I want that cookbook so bad BUT I’m scared. Cookie dough is my total downfall, I’ll eat twice as much of it as I would cookies! These look decadent!

  12. These look so good, Patty! Every single time I see one of your baked treats, I hope you’ll bring that specific treat to our cookie swap. So yes, in my mind, you are bringing 12 treats to cookie swap (and these brownies are definitely one of them) ;)

  13. Well these look out of control amazing….OMG! Beyond sinful and loving it!!

  14. And now that you’ve done it, and I’ve seen them, I’m just going to have to do it too! It certainly is too bad that baking isn’t a cardio exercise. :)

  15. OMG, these brownies look so good Patty, if only I could get one…only one…
    Have a wonderful week Patty!

  16. I love that you JUST HAD TO DO IT! Lindsay is amazing and she has been a friend for sometime. Her book is amazing and there is a long list of items I want to make from it. You chose a winner!!!!!!

  17. wow Patty! these are so awesome! cannot wait to see the goodies you bring to the cookie swap!

  18. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this recipe from the book. These look fantastic! Your photos are so pretty, Patty! I bet they were a big hit:))

  19. I hope you saved me some, Patty! These look amazing…I’m certain the press box crew devoured them :)

  20. Have you noticed any correlation between your sweets and the 49er wins? You need to publish a cookbook called Press Box sweets :) Happy holidays to you, Patty! Our daughter will be home from her Study Abroad so I’m super happy :)

  21. Love these! I made them a while ago, but never posted about them. They are heavenly, I am sure the guys loved them!

  22. Omgosh, these brownies look so divine Patty! I could definitely have one right now!!

  23. a cookie dough cookbook, well I’ll be… I have never made these brownies but I see what I am missing – yours look and sound wonderful

  24. Oh, wow! Now that’s decadent deliciousness. They look wonderful!

  25. Patti, these look fantastic. I know my family would LOVE them!

  26. Oh my goodness, these are amazing! My kind of brownie :)

  27. Oh, wow. These look decadent and heavenly.

  28. The tower of cookie dough brownies is killing me here. The closeup shot looks so good!!!! I know, I wish cooking and baking qualifies as cardio fitness too!! There must be lots of delicious baked goods at your home this season… :)

  29. Hey wait a minute, I think baking might be cardio, I’ve baked all month and dropped 8 pounds. I know weird huh, considering I’ve been surrounded by cookies. I’m positive it had nothing to do with the flu. So I’m thinking I could have a couple of these no sweat.

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