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Brookies and Kitchen Creativity

This past week I had my first experience with brookies. In case you don’t know, a brookie is part brownie, part cookie. The recipe I used had a layer of brownie topped with a layer of sugar cookie. I add in some mini M&Ms and rainbow sprinkles. People loved them! This experience got me to thinking of all the different kinds of brookies you could make.

rainbow brookies

The recipe I used is based on cookie mixes, so I’ll start there.

Brookie Layer 1: The Brownie

I used a dark chocolate brownie mix with miniature M&Ms mixed in, but you could use any brownie mix and any mix-ins (or none) you desire. In fact, it could be fun to experiment with blondies or other-than-chocolate-flavored brownies.

  1. Follow the instructions for the brownie mix.
  2. Add mix-ins (see list below for suggestions) if you wish
  3. Spread over the bottom of a 13×9-inch pan that has been coated with cooking spray.

Brookie Layer 2: The Cookie

I used a sugar cookie mix with miniature M&Ms and rainbow sprinkles mixed in, but you could use any cookie mix and any mix-ins (or none) you desire. In fact, see notes below for some other cookie mixes that could be fun.

  1. Follow the instructions for the cookie mix.
  2. Add mix-ins (see list below for suggestions) if you wish
  3. Drop by spoonfuls on top of the brownie batter.

Bake about 40 minutes or until the brownies are set and the exposed cookies are lightly golden brown. Cool for an hour and a half before serving. Cut into five by four rows.

Suggested Mix-Ins

These are just suggestions. Feel free to be as creative as your taste buds will let you be.

  • Mini M&Ms
  • Chopped nuts
  • Shredded coconut
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Chocolate jimmies
  • White chocolate chips
  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Toffee bits
  • Miniature peanut butter cups
  • Caramel bits
  • Butterfinger candy bits
  • Crushed Oreo cookies
  • Craisins

Suggested Cookie Mixes

I’m listing cookie mixes because that is the easy way to go, but you could just as easily use from scratch brownie and cookie mixes and get even more creative.

  • Chocolate chip cookie mix
  • Double chocolate chip cookie mix
  • Oatmeal cookie mix
  • Snicker Doodle cookie mix
  • Gingerbread cookie mix
  • Lemon cookie mix
  • Chocolate crinkle cookie mix
  • Peanut butter cookie mix
  • White chip macadamia nut cookie mix
  • Molasses cookie mix
  • Salted caramel

Unleash Your Kitchen Creativity

Not only can you get creative with your brownie and cookie base, as well as your mix-ins, you can get creative with how you form these brookies. Traditionally, they are a sheet cookie. But you could layer them in muffin or mini-muffin tins, as well.

The possibilities are mind-boggling. I’m definitely going to give some of these ideas a try! How about you?

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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