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  • Author: Erica Benjamin



For the brownie layer

  • 175 g 2.5 ounces unsalted butter
  • 65 g 2.3 ounces cocoa powder
  • 340 g 12 ounces caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g 3.5 ounces plain flour
  • a pinch of salt

For the cookie dough layer

  • 120 g 4.2 ounces unsalted butter, melted*
  • 100 g 3.5 ounces caster sugar
  • 50 g 1.7 ounces dark brown sugar
  • 60 g 2.1 ounces apple sauce or puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 g 8.8 ounces plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100 g 3.5 ounces chocolate chips


  1. Start by making the brownie layer. Preheat over to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Grease and line the base of 20cm square cake tin with baking paper, leaving an overhang at the edges to make it easier to lift the brownies out later.
  2. In a large saucepan, gently melt the butter over a low heat, stirring it occasionally.
  3. Once the butter has melted, transfer the pan to a heatproof surface and sift in the cocoa powder, stirring it into the butter with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the sugar.
  4. In a small jug, beat the eggs with the vanilla until just combined. Gradually stir this into the cocoa mixture.
  5. Stir the flour and a big pinch of salt into the pan, mixing until well combined and there are no streaks of flour.
  6. Pour the mixture evenly into the tin and smooth the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out with only a few crumbs on (you don’t want it to dry out). I’d recommend you take them out sooner rather than later if you’re in any doubt. Slightly underbaked brownies are much better than overbaked!
  7. Take them out of the oven, place on a wire rack to cool.
  8. As the brownie layer is cooling, make the cookie dough layer. In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter and white and brown sugars using a wooden spoon until well combined. Add the apple sauce and vanilla, beating until just combined.
  9. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix using a wooden spoon. The mixture should come together easily without being too sticky. If it’s very loose and sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time until it firms up a little.
  10. Using the wooden spoon, stir in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  11. Once the brownie layer is completely cooled, gently spoon the cookie dough on top and press into an even layer using the back of a spoon or your hands.
  12. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge to firm up for at least 1 hour, or preferably until ready to serve.
  13. These will keep in an air tight container for up to 5 days.


*When melting your butter, to avoid overheating it, stop heating it as soon as there are just a few small lumps of butter left that haven’t quite melted. Stir the butter until these little lumps have melted too. You don’t want the butter to be hot, otherwise the egg will curdle. If you’ve slightly overheated your butter, allow it to cool a little before using.

  • Category: Baking, Chocolate, Dessert
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