The Ultimate Brownie

Photo from Pillsbury

Photo from Pillsbury

Of all school events, I feel like bakes sales are the most stressful, especially when they ask for something homemade. I feel obligated to bring something in, but if I don’t bring something good, I’ll have to face the embarrassment of not having sold any of my treats.  However, with all the homework and Netflix binge watching to do, I definitely don’t have the time to bake something from scratch. So this past week when I was asked to bring something in, I wa anxious to say the least. That was until I came up with the easiest recipe:  I used box mixes and premade dough to make brownies with cookie dough in the middle! So, call it cheating if you want, but I don’t have time to annotate The Odyssey and bake something from scratch. This recipe requires minimal time and ingredients, makes you look like you put in a lot of effort, and is delicious. I brought this in for my bake sale and my friends loved it.

Brownie with Cookie Dough in the Middle (box mixes)


-Brownie box mix (I used the Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge)

*eggs, vegetable oil, and water

-Pre-made cookie dough (I used Pillsbury Simply Chocolate Chip)

*depending on the brand and type of box mix you used, it will require additional ingredients.


-a big bowl for mixing

-a whisk

-2 spoons

-cupcake tin with liners or a brownie pan lined with parchment paper

-an oven for baking


  1. Preheat your oven according to the instructions on the brownie mix.
  2. Follow the instructions on the brownie mix.
  3. After you finish mixing the brownie mix, transfer it onto a brownie pan lined with parchment paper or a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  4. Roll small, thumb sized, balls of cookie dough and drop them in each of the liners. If you used a pan, drop it so when you cut it each brownie would have a chunk of cookie dough.
  5. Bake for however much time it says on the brownie mix. Do not worry if it is less time than the cookie dough mix because that would only mean the cookie will be gooey, which is definitely not a bad thing. Keep an eye out, as the baking time may change depending on what pan you used or the type of mixes that you used. I baked mine for approximately 30 minutes.
  6. When you stick a skewer in it and it comes out clean, it is ready to be taken out.
  7. Let it cool on a wire rack before packing it in a box or serving.

This recipe is delicious, unique, and incredibly quick. I was able to make this on a Wednesday night in under 45 minutes and it made enough for me to gobble a few down. If you’re passionate about everything being homemade, feel free to make the brownies and cookie dough from scratch, it will be just as delicious. This recipe is without a doubt on my go to list and I hope you decide to make this for your next bake sale too.

Photo from Pillsbury