Fudgy Cookie Dough Brownies

Though last week I was pontificating about my #whitegirlproblems and the extreme, sticky, swampy heat, today is more than making up for it. It feels like autumn perfection outside today without a single cloud in the sky! Bring on the pumpkin spice lattes and burgundy jeans! I'm rocking my maternity version today :)

So I need to tell you about these brownies. I made them a couple of weeks ago for a birthday party and I was thrilled to see that they were gone in minutes. They are fudgy. They are indulgent. They aren't for those with a weak heart without a major sweet tooth.

I must confess, though - it took me a couple of tries to get the cookie dough just right. I had made cookie dough Rice Krispies treats back in August and the cookie dough was way too floury and not the kind of dough I would want to be licking off of a wooden spoon. After all, that is the barometer on which I'm measuring a successful cookie dough...If I don't want to lick the batter bowl clean, then it's just not worth it.

Luckily I found a swoon-worthy cookie dough to top off the brownies. They came together in a snap and I will definitely be making these again and again. Oh! And I highly recommend serving these chilled. It keeps the cookie dough firm and in tact and all around delicious to boot. 

Fudgy Cookie Dough Brownies

1 batch of brownies, prepared according to box mix directions

2 C all-purpose flour

1 C butter, softened

¾ C granulated sugar

¾ C packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

After your brownies are prepared (I used a low fat mix that I had in my pantry; any kind you like will work! Use a fudgy kind for more fudgy brownie base!), leave them in your 13x9" pan and place in the refrigerator to chill (this makes cookie dough spreading much easier).

In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour and mix until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. 

{Carefully!} spread the cookie dough mixture over the brownies. Chill to let the cookie dough firm up; then slice and serve. 

*Note: This is like a full batch of cookie dough. If you prefer less cookie dough on your brownies, you can halve the recipe. But um...who prefers less cookie dough?

So that's my new dessert obsession of late. I hope you give these a try! They really were super duper easy and such a crowd pleaser! Have a great Monday everyone!

Do you eat cookie dough batter out of the bowl? Um yup! Usually! I have definitely missed dipping into uncooked batters and doughs since being pregnant though :)

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