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Playdate Brownie (aka “Cookies and Cream”)

July 08, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Candy Bar, Cream Cheese, Decadent, Fun For Kids, Nut-Free


I love me some cookies and cream, and I love me some brownies; this recipe brings them together for a playdate… and, thankfully, everyone gets along just swimmingly! This is a brownie recipe that kids and parents can absolutely agree on, whilst making happy faces and having a good time. Just as a playdate should be.


1 box brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker Ultimate Fudge)

Eggs, oil, and water as called for on the box directions

1 8-ounce package cream cheese

1 jar (about 12 ounces) marshmallow flavored ice-cream topping

6 bars of Hershey’s brand “Cookies And Cream” candy bars (white chocolate with cookie pieces)



Make brownie batter according to directions on the box. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, use a mixer to blend the cream cheese with the marshmallow topping.

Whip it for about a minute on medium-high speed.


Pour half of the brownie batter into a greased pan; set aside the other half of the batter for later. Place 5 of the 6 Cookies And Cream candy bars on top of the batter, from edge to edge. (From what I hear, Paula Deen pioneered this technique, using Symphony candy bars.) Save 1 candy bar to use for a garnish after baking.


Spread the marshmallow/cream cheese filling on top of the candy bars. Yum.


Pour the remaining half of the chocolate brownie batter on top.



From the side, it’ll look like this. Are you yet using your imagination to guess how amazing this is going to taste? This is a killer brownie, for sure!


Bake for about 35-45 minutes at 350 F, depending on the size of your pan. Mine took about 42-43 minutes. As soon as you pull your fully baked brownies from the oven, use your one remaining candy bar to garnish the top. Break off small pieces and push the candy bar fragments down into the still-warm crust.


You will be astonished at how pretty this is when you cut and serve it. Right now, I’m finding it hard to imagine anything better than an afternoon with a good friend, a cold glass of milk, and a Playdate Brownie with cookies-and-cream goodness built right in!