The very BEST Salted Cookie Crinkle Top Brownies. Homemade chocolate chip cookie dough, layered with homemade fudgy brownie batter for the truly ultimate cookie bar. Sweet chocolate chunks are swirled throughout the brownie batter before baking to perfection. Finish with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. There’s nothing not to love about these chocolate layered brownie cookie bars. Each bite is filled with doughy chocolate chip cookies and fudgy molten brownies…with an extra crinkly top. The best of both worlds.
These brownie cookie bars may not be my most creative recipe yet, but they’re truly one of my most delicious. I’m not sure I’ve met a cookie bar that’s better. A soft delicious cookie layer on the bottom and extra fudgy, molten brownies on top. Two most loved desserts combined into one.
So. Very. Good.
And perfect for these last days of February. Yes, the month flew by, but I’m excited to welcome in March on Sunday. February wasn’t the easiest month, but that’s life. The bad months help you appreciate the good ones! You just keep pushing forward. And I have a really exciting week ahead of travel…plus an insanely delicious dessert to talk about today…all very good things!
Now, these bars? They took me almost no time at all to get just right. They were oddly one of those recipes that worked pretty well the very first time I made them. I knew instantly that I would be sharing the recipe as soon as possible. Of course, while the recipe is delicious, the photos gave me some trouble. In an effort to get the photos just right, I’ve now made these brownies more than a handful of times over the last couple of weeks. Thankfully these brownies are delicious and I’ve been sharing them with everyone who turns up. It’s probably safe to say that I have this recipe pretty much perfected.
Which is great, because you absolutely need to make these, preferably tonight as an end of the workweek celebration treat. We all deserve a little indulgence every once in a while throughout the week.
The details…start with the cookie dough.
These bars start with the cookie layer. This is my go-to cookie base. Made with the classic list of ingredients…butter, sugar, an egg, lots of vanilla, flour, and plenty of chocolate chips. Very much the classic recipe, and so delicious!
Once mixed, press the cookie dough into a square brownie pan.
Let’s talk about the brownie batter.
Now, move onto the brownie batter, which I find to be extra special.
This is the brownie recipe I shared in the HBH Super Simple cookbook, it has only five very simple ingredients.
The secret lies in a generous amount of chocolate hazelnut spread, better known as Nutella. The Nutella is mixed with a couple of eggs and a touch of melted butter, then whisked until smooth. Then just add the flour and chocolate chunks. The Nutella keeps the brownies sweet and chocolatey without having to add any additional sweeteners or cocoa powder. SIMPLE, but SO GOOD.
If you don’t enjoy Nutella I’m still going to urge you to give this a try because the hazelnut flavor doesn’t really come through. On the other hand, if you simply can’t eat Nutella due to an allergy, I provided an additional brownie recipe in the notes sections of the recipe.
Once the batter is made, spread it directly over the cookie dough….
Now bake the bars.
There are a couple of things I want to note while baking. First, these brownies take longer than your average brownie to bake up since they’re thicker than your average brownie. They’ll need to bake for about thirty minutes. I then tent them with foil and continue to bake for another ten to fifteen minutes, until the brownies are just barely set in the center.
Using foil prevents the tops of the brownies from becoming too brown and preserves their beautiful crinkled top. And yes, I do think that crinkle top is beautiful, it’s what I strive for in a brownie. I love a crinkle top…with sea salt on top…of course.
Let the bars cool off a bit, then lift them out of the pan. At this point, you should really let the bars cool completely before cutting. Trust me I do understand if you need to steal a corner or two while the bars are still warm. They’re warm, gooey, and very messy, but SO very GOOD.
My only suggestion? Bake these salted cookie crinkle top brownies as soon as you get home from work today. Enjoy them just a smidge warm, maybe while snuggled up on the couch, and in full on weekend mode.
Hey, I’m convinced. Happiest (sweetest) Friday to you all – ENJOY!
A few of my favorite bar recipes.
Fudgy Avocado Brownies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting
5 Ingredient Triple Decker Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Lastly, if you make these Salted Cookie Crinkle Top Brownies, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Salted Crinkle Top Brownie Cookie Bars
Servings: 16 bars
Calories Per Serving: 272 kcal
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- 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Crinkle Top Brownies
- 1 cup Nutella
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks (optional)
- flaky sea salt
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 inch square baking dish and line it with parchment paper.2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until combined. Add the egg, beating until combined and creamy. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda, and saltbeat until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Press the dough into the prepared baking dish in an even layer. 3. To make the brownies. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Nutella, eggs, butter, and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the flour and mix until just combined, 1 to 2 minutes more. Fold in the chocolate chunks (if using). Evenly spread the batter over the cooker layer. Transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Then cover the pan with foil and continue baking another 10-15 minutes, until the brownies are just set. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and let cool.4. Eat warm (a little messy, but delicious) or let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. ENJOY!
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Alternative Brownie Recipe: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/crinkle-top-brownies/
I am a huge HBH fan and always love Tieghan’s recipes. However, this one was a bit disappointing to me! The cook time took so much longer for me as the brownie did not set up in the 30 + 15 min cook instructions. The cookie then became over-baked and the brownie is perfectly cooked on top. The cookie part wasn’t sweet enough for me and WAY too salty. Very interesting… I wanted this to be so good and it just wasn’t great.
Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so sorry to hear it was not enjoyed. Please let me know if there is anything that I can help with! xT
Love love love this recipe and make it quite frequently! Any one know if the brownies freeze well??
Happy Wednesday! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Sure, you can definitely freeze these:) xxT
Followed it to a T and it came out great!! just make sure you do 30mins in oven with out foil and then 15 mins with foil. so 45 mins total!!
Amazing!! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was tasty for you! xT
If I could’ve given this recipe half a star, I would. We followed this recipe to a TEE, and STILL was rather disappointed! The cookie was not a cookie-like texture and the brownie was quite spongey. Also, where in Gods name was the CRINKLE!!??!!? Tbh, would not recommend unless you want to be despondent. 🙂
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, so sorry to hear you did not enjoy it. Have the BEST Sunday:) xTieghan
This recipe unfortunately did not turn out for me at all. Normally love all of half baked harvest’s recipes but, this recipe was bland and required much longer of a cooking time for the brownie top. I followed the recipe exactly as written.
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, sorry to hear it was not enjoyed. xTieghan
Unfortunately the cookies didn’t turn out a different colour to the brownies and I didn’t get a crinkle top. Not sure what I did wrong, but might try out one of your other brownie recipies 🙂
Sorry to hear this, was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? Please let me know how I can help! xTieghan
Hi! If using unsalted butter, how much salt should we add for both the cookie and brownie batter? Thank you!
I would add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. I hope you enjoy this recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Where are you getting the flakey sea salt?
I order Maldons flaky sea salt from Amazon. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Followed the recipe to the tee and still turned out very wrong. My oven also doesn’t run hot, if anything I have to leave things in a bit longer. The main problem, as others have pointed out, is that the brownie does not come close to being edible/remotely firm in the 30 minutes. And when you leave them in longer to finish, the cookie turns into a hard, dusty cookie.
I really wanted to like these, but for some reason none of the half baked harvest brownie recipes work for me. I am almost wondering if it’s an issue that comes from me being slightly above sea level on the west coast and these recipes are created at a higher elevation? I’m at a loss
Hi Ag! I am sorry you had trouble. Was there anything you did differently at all? Any ingredients different? Method of baking this? Any info will be helpful to help me problem solve and figure out what might be happening for you. I know you said you followed the directions, but it’s hard to know without knowing any details.
I am at an elevation, but a write my recipes for sea level. Most people don’t have issues, so I am hoping I can help you! xTieghan
How do we use the crinkle top recipe as an alternative to the Nutella recipe? They are two different quantities of brownie!
They are two different recipes, I would pick the one that you want to follow:) I hope you love the brownies! xTieghan
I think what’s been requested is how to cut the other brownie recipe down so it can be used in place of the nutella brownie recipe as described in this brookie recipe.
I haven’t tested that with this recipe, so I do not know how well it will work:)