Brownies and chocolate chip cookies likely appear in almost everyone’s top ten dessert lists. But what if you could combine the best parts of each into one decadent treat? Jeanette’s recipe for brownies with cookie dough frosting does just that so you can enjoy both cookie and brownie in every bite.

The Ultimate Crowd Pleaser: Brownies with Cookie Dough Frosting

Just as there are numerous types of brownies today, the history of the brownie is equally as varied. Before detailing Jeanette’s recipe for brownies with cookie dough frosting we’ll review the brownie’s mysterious history and origins.

Origin of Brownies

The first dessert that looked and tasted like a brownie originated at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago in 1883. This simple treat was created for easy transport as part of a boxed lunch. Though they were topped with an apricot glaze, they looked very much like the chocolate brownies of today. However, they were never called brownies!

The first time this chocolate dessert was named a brownie appears to be in an 1899 cookbook from Maine featuring local recipes. Interestingly, the recipe’s contributor was from Wisconsin! By 1906 the famous cookbook author Fanny Farmer included a chocolate brownie recipe in her latest cookbook. From there, brownies became featured in nationwide cookbooks just as they are today.

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Are Brownies Cakes or Cookies?

A brownie can be considered a combination of both a cake and a cookie. While its moist center is similar to cake, it doesn’t rise like cakes do and can be eaten without utensils, like a cookie. Different recipes can make a brownie more cake-like, while others give it the crusty exterior and soft interior of a cookie. Other creative brownie ideas utilize different toppings and additions for a variety of flavors and textures.

Jeanette’s brownies with cookie dough frosting have the rich chocolate decadence of a brownie while the creamy frosting has sweet chocolate-chip cookie flavor. Here’s how to make this treat that combines the best of two desserts in one.

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Brownies with Cookie Dough Frosting Recipe

Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 35 minutes
Yield: 9×9 inch pan

Brownie Ingredients:

2 sticks butter, softened
½ c. sugar
½ c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. flour
½ c. cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Frosting Ingredients:

1 stick butter, softened
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. powdered sugar
½ c. flour
½ tsp. vanilla
½ c. heavy cream
¼ mini chocolate chips

With a hand or stand mixer, cream together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs. Mix in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until a thick batter forms. Fold in chocolate chips and press mixture into a greased 9×9 inch pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until set. Cool completely.

For the frosting, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add flour and mix again until smooth. Add vanilla and heavy cream, mixing until just blended. Fold in chocolate chips and spread over brownies. Enjoy!

If you love Jeanette’s brownies with cookie dough frosting, you’ll also love her recipe for chocolate cobbler. From all of us at Moore Appliance, we hope these recipes bring you all the contentment of comfort food and the joy of a sweet treat!