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Valentine’s Day Heart Brookies

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Hello and happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a great week and are gearing up for valentines day tomorrow. I have a cute little treat that will help anyone’s day get a little brighter – even if you’re not celebrating the day! These heart-shaped brookies are bound to make anyone feel good, both inside and out!

So what exactly is a brookie? I had never really heard of them until I started doing a bit of research trying to find inspiration for what I wanted to make for valentines day this year. I was thinking chocolate, but I wanted it to be simple as well. Well, brookies made the cut! They are the delightful combination of a brownie and  cookie – I mean what could be better?! And so decadent you wont believe they only take an hour to make – and that’s to make 2 dozen by the way, plenty for sharing and plenty to keep for yourself!

When I started doing research online for how this combo might be achieved, I was quite surprised at how few recipes are out there – so I’m happy to help enable you at home to get this amazing treat.

I started with the brownie cookie base, which is a deep, dark and rich brownie cookie. It’s not super sweet because the chocolate chip cookies will definitely do that for us. So I wanted the brownie to be slightly bitter so that all the complexity of the chocolate could shine.

I used a combination of 68% chocolate and dark cocoa powder to achieve this as well as adding just a tsp of expresso powder to the mix. So good!

Now the chocolate chip cookie top, that’s just my traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe that you can find here – but you can use whatever chocolate chip cookie dough that you like best. Even store bought. The trick is to make sure that you chill the brownie cookie base for about 10 minutes before topping it with the chocolate chip cookies. This will ensure that you have that line of demarcation between the two layers. Too easy.

So that’s it in a nut shell – a super easy treat for you to share (or not) with all your valentines tomorrow.

Happy baking!

XO,

Danielle

Valentines Day Heart Brookies

Get all your brownie and cookie needs in one with these fab brookies! Cut into whatever shapes you like and feed to a welcome crowd! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 Brookies

Ingredients

Ingredients

Brownie Cookie Dough

  • 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips 60-70% cacao
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar packed
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon expresso powder

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks
  • ¾ Cup brown sugar packed
  • ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 package vanilla pudding mix 3.4oz
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Cups Semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and line a 13×9 baking pan with parchment paper (a glass pan is preferred)

Brownie Cookie Dough

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until melted and well-combined.
  2. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs, sugars, vanilla, baking powder, and salt on high speed 5 minutes, or until the batter is thick and creamy.
  4. Reduce the speed to low, and mix in the melted chocolate until well-combined.
  5. Stir in flour, expresso powder and cocoa powder just until combined.
  6. Place in a greased and parchment lined 13×9 baking pan – spread smooth & chill while making the chocolate chip cookie dough

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  1. Beat butter and sugars together in a bowl until light in color and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and mix to combine.
  3. Add flour, vanilla pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Layer on top of brownie cookie mix and bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and set. A toothpick should come out clean from the center.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cut into squares, or using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out hearts. Enjoy!

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