The other night, my boyfriend, Ian, and I went to dinner at his best friend, Zach's house. Zach's roommate, Kevin, was talking about "cookie brownies" and how he loved them. Thing is, he used a box mix from the store. So, I told him that I'd make some from scratch (I used my staple brownie and chocolate chip cookie recipes).

Pre-heat the oven to 350 and prepare the brownie mix as instructed. Prepare the chocolate chip cookie dough as instructed, form into balls, place on top of the brownie batter and press down, slightly. You're supposed to cook them for 42-47 minutes. I cooked them for 45 and, they were still a little doughy. Well, the middle ones were, anyway. Next time, I'll bake them until 47 minutes at least, possibly 50. Let them cool completely before cutting. I was kind of in a rush so, I didn't wait and, they didn't cut as nicely as I'd have liked. But, for my first time making them, they turned out ok. And, even though I was worried they wouldn't, Ian and his friends loved them. I believe the term used was, "EPIC!" Hehe.

Recipes for brownies and cookies are under the pictures

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Chocolate Brownies

  • 1 1/4 cups margarine
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups nuts (optional)
Preparation:Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter and add cocoa; mix. Stir in sugar and blend in the eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. Stir in flour and nuts; mix well.

Bake in greased 9 x 13-inch pan for 30 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool on rack, 20 to 30 minutes. Cut into 20 square pieces.

Servings: 20

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.

My Notes:

(As is, this recipe yields 72 cookies. I usually half it and use a 1/8 c measuring cup to measure out each cookie amount. I bake them for 11 minutes exactly and they come out perfect! I also let them cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling wrack to cool completely.)

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