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Cookies or Brownies?

I recently put a poll up on my IG and this was a heated debate! Some couldn't choose because they love them both. I'm a huge fan of rich, chocolatey fudge-y brownies yet also love a warm chocolate chip cookie. I'd probably choose a brownie if I had to, but like why choose when you can have a Brookie!?!





So what the heck is a Brookie? Well it's a rich brownie base, with a chocolate chip cookie top, giving you the best of both worlds in a bar form.





Looking for a ready made option? Trader Joe's has a "Brookie" dessert and I've heard they're delicious! The sugar content and ingredients had me saying no thank you though.


If you prefer to eat gluten free, dairy free and/or refined sugar free this recipe is for you! It took some experimentation, but I think I nailed the recipe. A dessert you can feel better about eating? heck yes! Be advised I haven't tested alternative flours or flax eggs, but I imagine they'd work ok here. I use triple refined coconut oil from Trader Joe's in these (no coconut aftertaste) but melted ghee, olive oil or butter (not dairy free) works great too!



Brookie Recipe

gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free

serves 16


Brownie Layer

4 oz chopped dairy free chocolate (I love Hu Kitchen)

1/3 cup triple refined coconut oil or ghee

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup mashed banana (about 1 banana)

3/4 cup almond flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder


Cookie Layer

1 egg

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup

1/4 cup triple refined coconut oil or ghee, melted and cooled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup almond flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 oz chopped dark chocolate or chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line an 8x8 (thick AF bars) or 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper. For brownie layer, in a large glass bowl, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil or ghee in 30 second intervals in the microwave, until chocolate is barely melted. Let cool, add in eggs, mashed banana and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Fold in almond flour, baking powder and cocoa powder until smooth. Transfer to baking pan. Wash/wipe out bowl. whisk together egg, honey, coconut oil and vanilla. Fold in almond flour and baking powder until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop cookie layer on top of brownie layer, spreading gently to smooth (it will expand a bit but doesn't quite cover the brownie layer). Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, if the cookie layer starts to brown cover with parchment or foil and continue baking. Let cool, cut into 16 squares and serve.


IMO these are even better once they've completely cooled or after they've been refrigerated.

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Recipe inspired by Rachel Mansfield.

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