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Cookie Dough Brownie Bars

Ingredients
  

  • Brownies
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Cookie Dough
  • 3/4 cups 1.5 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3-5 tbs milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups + 1 tbs all purpose flour
  • 1 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Chocolate Drizzle
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp shortening

Instructions
 

  • For the Brownies
  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  • 2. Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper, overlapping each side - this makes it much easier to pull out to cool and cut.
  • 3. Take your butter, cocoa and sugar and put them in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds, or until butter is melted.
  • 4. Mix everything together until smooth. Batter will be very gritty but will smooth out once eggs are added.
  • 5. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  • 6. Pour in the flour and mix until just combined. Then, mix some more until smooth and somewhat glossy. The batter will be very thick.
  • 7. Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan and smooth out.
  • 8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out slightly moist with a little bit of batter left on it - this is what makes them fudgy!!
  • 9. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes then pull out using the parchment paper and set on counter to finish cooling completely.
  • --While brownies are baking, start preparing your cookie dough and drizzle!--
  • Cookie Dough
  • 1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth.
  • 2. Add in vanilla and 3 tbs of milk and mix until combined.
  • 3. Pour in your flour and mix until just combined. Dough may be a little sticky, but should thicken up after you add your chocolate chips. If it doesn't, add another tablespoon of milk and mix on low until it is smooth and pliable.
  • 4. Add in the chocolate chips by hand until evenly distributed.
  • 5. Once brownies are completely cooled, you can add your cookie dough layer.
  • 6. Take big handfuls of the dough and smoosh on top of your brownies, pressing down to smooth it out where you want it.
  • Chocolate Drizzle
  • 1. Melt chocolate chips in microwave at 30 second intervals until you can mix them smooth. Be careful not to scorch!
  • 2. Mix the shortening into the hot melted chocolate until completely smooth.
  • 3. Pour mixture into a decorating bottle (or just use a spoon) and pour over your cookie dough layer.
  • 4. Cut them up and enjoy!