cookie brownies

My BFF is the best. She is super smart, kind, beautiful and hilarious. She is the most selfless person that I know. I met her five years ago and I’m grateful every day that I have her in my life.

This week was not only the anniversary of the day we met, but also her birthday.

A gal like her deserves something extra special for her birthday. Something sweet. Something surprising. Something edible.

The answer?

Cookie Brownies.

Chocolate chip cookies + fudgy brownies + chocolate frosting = YES!

My BFF deserves all the cookie brownies in the world.

I think you deserve cookie brownies, too. Yeah, you know you want them.

Cookie Brownies with Chocolate Frosting
Inspired by Bakerella
We’ll make this recipe in three parts: brownie batter, chocolate chip cookie dough and frosting.
Printable Recipe

Brownie Batter
Recipe adapted from Chiclet at

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup refined sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Recipe adapted from Vegan with a Vengeance (thanks for the book, Jake and Mylene!)

  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance
  • 3/4 cup refined white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

Chocolate Frosting
Previously used with my Chocolate Cake

  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups vegan powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup vanilla soymilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

That’s a lot of ingredients and at this point, you might be questioning your drive to make these cookie brownies.

But you know me, and you know that I don’t like to make things that are too complicated.

Let me tell you, you definitely want these brownies. The different pieces all come together in about 20 minutes. Not so bad.

Okay, the first step is to preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 square baking pan. I used Earth Balance on my pan and it worked out well.

Time to make the brownie batter.

In one bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, stir together the applesauce, refined sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Use your hands to make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients.

I didn’t make the heart on purpose, I swear. I think the ingredients knew that I was baking with love.

Mix until combined and then fold in the chocolate chips.

Resist urge to eat directly from the bowl. Use a rubber spatula (or your fingers) to spread the batter into your 8×8 pan.

Now let’s make the cookies.

Use a fork to mash and mix together the sugar and Earth Balance. Add in the molasses and vanilla and mix well. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips.

It’s crumbly, but don’t worry.

It rolls into balls just fine. Roll your dough into 4 large balls.

Flatten your dough balls between your hands and press the mounds of dough and any crumbles that fall off into the brownie batter. Spread them out evenly to ensure that every brownie has a bit of cookie mixed in.

Place your pan in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted and removed cleanly.

Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

After the cookie brownies are cool, make your frosting by combining all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mixing on low-medium speed for 1 minute. Spread on top, cut the brownies into squares and enjoy!

Or in my case, wrap!

Sadly, I am what one might call a very sucky friend.

I was a couple days late getting these brownies to the birthday girl.

She forgave me, though. Let’s add “forgiving” to the list of adjectives to describe her.

Happy Birthday, LG!

22 thoughts on “cookie brownies

  1. Best brownie cookie ever!!! Best brownie ever. Came in the middle of snow bound day with not a desert in house, well because I ate everything earlier, and they are all but one left. I heart you, you tolerant vegan. And I heart brownies and milk, sorry vegans! Such a special birthday surprise. I am so lucky.

  2. First I thought I saw some peanut butter in there, and I got really excited. But it wasn’t peanut butter.

    Wouldn’t peanut butter be a lovely addition to these? I think so.

  3. I AM SO HAPPY YOU VEGANIZED THESE!! I made these for my non-vegan friend out of a box for Christmas one year and lamented that I couldn’t eat them. The conversion should seem obvious, but these look brilliant!

  4. These look so great. I can’t wait to try them. I tried to make some molasses cookies vegan the other day and they were close to perfect, but not quite. Before I try that again I have to make these. My kids will thank you :) Amy

    • I think it would taste really good on bread, especially if it’s toasted or a bread with a crunchy crust. The recipe I used says you can also use chives in place of the chipotle sauce, which would probably be really good as a sandwich with some veggies thrown on top.

  5. My daughter is allergic to many, many things. She can have everything in these brownies except applesauce. Do you think oil would be ok? How much?

    • Hi Kelly! Can you she have vegan yogurt or mashed bananas? I think those would work, we really just need to add moisture to the recipe. 1/2 cup of bananas or yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup soy or almond milk should work out well. I’ve never used oil as the replacement for moisture in brownies, however this recipe over at is very highly rated and uses oil. You can use any brownie batter recipe to make the cookie brownies, you can even buy brownie batter mix if she can have it. Then just follow the rest of the instructions as is. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out :)

  6. This recipe is AMAZING!!! if you underbake it, it tastes like a pie ^_^ I will be making this again!!!!

  7. You gave the reciPe for chocolate chip cookie dough above. If we bake that dough in the oven, will it come out as “normal” chocolate chip cookies? Can we use the dough recipe to bake chocolate chip cookies?

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