After Halloween I had a ton of candy leftover, and no idea what to do with it. Then I found some Joejoes that I had left in the back of a drawer for two weeks. And then I got to thinking about brownies. I’m sure that you can see where this is going.


I decided to combine everything that I could into one ultimate dessert which would serve the dual purposes of 1) using up the stuff that will otherwise take me three months to eat through and 2) satisfying my pressing need for both brownies and cookies.

These are super rich and satisfying, to the point where I’ve only been having one at a time, which is really saying something.


This is also my second recipe using one of the Buzzfeed best chocolate chip cookie recipes- I prefer this one to the cake from earlier, but then again, it’s hard to be objective with the brownies and candy involved as well.

They’re pretty easy to put together once you have the batters made, and you really get some bang for your buck. If you’re going to a party with some fellow sweet-teeth, these are great. Or if, like me, you just like to eat the same dessert cold and/or reheated for weeks.

No judgment, these are worth it.

Brownie Batter:



  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp brewed coffee (optional, to enhance the chocolate)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • .5 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • .5 tsp instant coffee granules
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour


  1. Add butter, egg, sugars, coffee, and vanilla to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add the cocoa powder, espresso granules, and salt, and whisk again until smooth and no longer lumpy.
  3. Add flour and stir until just combined (don’t overmix!)
  4. Cover tightly  and refrigerate for three hours or overnight.


Buzzfeed’s Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies:



  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup bread flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 5/8 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • flaky sea salt


  1. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk the sugars together in a large bowl to break up large chunks and combine. Add melted butter and whisk for about a minute, until the mixture forms one mass. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  3. Whisk an egg into the sugar mixture until it is fully combined. Whisk in the vanilla and scrape down the bowl again.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture and stir with spatula to combine, until there are no streaks of dry ingredients left. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.


Ultimate Candy Cookie Brownie Bars:



  • Oreos
  • Brownie Batter
  • 12-15 fun size candy bars, cut or torn in half*
  • Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • 1/3 cup M&Ms


  1. A half hour before baking, preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 pan with aluminum foil, leaving a bit over on the sides.
  2. Line the pan with Oreos, then pour 2/3 of the brownie batter on top.
  3. Place the candy bar pieces into the batter in an even, flat layer, and pour the rest of the brownie batter on top.
  4. Scatter pieces of cookie dough over the top, and press gently until it just begins to sink. Do the same with the m&ms.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then cover loosely with foil and bake for another ten minutes, and finally take off the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the brownies are cooked but the cookies aren’t too brown**. Allow to cool in the pan for about an hour before removing and slicing. Keep in fridge for 1 week or freezer for 6 months.


  • * I used fun sized heath, snickers, twix, whoppers, and milky ways
  • ** I baked mine until the top looked lightly golden and a toothpick inserted near the middle came out clean. Feel free to under-bake  if you’re a raw cookie dough/gooey brownie kind of person, I would understand 🙂