Sweet & Salty Brookies

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This week’s recipe post is a lot. A lot of components, a lot of words to say, and a lot of calories.

Introducing the brookie: a hybrid of a brownie and cookie that I was sure I had invented until a friend forwarded me a Buzzfeed article which discussed 16 brookies to make ASAFP.

I tried re-branding my creation to a crownie, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

Anyway, here’s my take on this culinary masterpiece and potential heart attack on a plate.

A sweet & salty brookie, composed of dark chocolate brownie, pretzel chocolate chip cookie, and a salted caramel filling. If you listen really closely, you can almost hear Paula Deen shed a solitary tear. Almost.
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Despite the fact that this Frankenstein of a dessert is apparently really common, and despite the fact that I’m going to a beach on Friday and have never been further from a bikini bod so I probably should be eating carrots and chia seeds right now instead of baked goods, I’m very proud of my creation. The technique and recipe took me approximately four hours to get down (that’s almost four episodes of Gilmore Girls I got through), so I’m feeling rather maternal towards it. Much like what I imagine giving birth is like, it’s a labour of love that takes ages to do and you hate your child for 90% of the experience, but before you know it it’s done and you love your baby and it’s only a matter of time before he/she is gone.

Except when you give birth you don’t end up eating your child. You also get an epidural, a courtesy not extended to me during this ordeal.

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the first batch

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You Will Need

    • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
    • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
    • 2 1/4 cups flour
    • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 1 cup light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp. sea salt
    • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup broken up pretzels
  • 12 oz. caramel topping (you can also melt your own, but time was of the essence for me. The season finale of Quantico was on)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a deep 8×12″ pan with parchment paper, making sure to cover all the sides.
  2. To make the brownies:
    1. Cream together the butter and sugar.
    2. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
    3. Sift together the dry ingredients, then mix into the butter mixture.
    4. Pour into the pan and level the top. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  3. To make the cookies:
    1. Cream together the butters and sugars. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
    2. Sift in the dry ingredients.
    3. Fold in chocolate chips and pretzels. Set aside.
  4. Stir together the caramel and sea salt. If it’s too thick, you may need to pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to thin it out.
  5. While the brownies are still hot, pour the caramel mixture evenly over the pan, starting in the middle and working your way out.
  6. Start topping the pan with the cookie mixture by spooning the dough over the top in even dollops. Put the whole thing back in the oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until mostly cooked through.

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  1. Well this looks delicious. And dangerous haha!

  2. These look amazing- can’t wait to try!!

  3. allisonarnone

    oddly enough my latest post on my blog is about PMS sooo…you can only imagine how much i want to grab these right from the screen right now. they look AMAZeBALLS.

  4. These look ridiculous!! Well, ridiculous in the best possible way, of course. Cookies… brownies… pretzels… and caramel sauce on top?! Staaaaahp. Pinning these!

  5. I’ve never made brookies, mostly because it’s a slippery slope I fear I’d never recover from. It would be all brookies, all the time. But I do love dark chocolate, AND caramel, AND salty sweet flavor combos. So maybe I’ll be taking the plunge after all.

  6. oh my goodness those look amazing! I am always looking for new desserts, especially for things like dinner parties, etc.

  7. I think I gained 10 pounds just looking at that delicious picture! This sounds so absolutely delicious that if I sneak some do you think the calories don’t count? lol All kidding aside, it looks like it was worth the effort!

  8. This is fantastic! Brookies should totally become a thing, I would so love to try it! 🙂

  9. Oh My Gosh, that looks so indulgent and so perfect. I need that in my life… like right now! Forget the carrots and chia seeds, bring on the Brookies!!!


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