Do you lick the bowl clean every time you make brownies? This recipe is for you! Edible Brownie Batter is a totally safe-to-eat cookie dough-like batter that tastes just like brownies... It's easy to make and so addictive!
Is there anyone out there who doesn't lick the bowl after making brownies? Anyone who just casually puts the bowl in the sink and fills it with soapy water and lets the leftover brownie batter wash down the drain?
If there are indeed people like that out there, I tip my hat to you. But also, how?? Every time I make brownies, I lick the bowl and the spatula clean. And then I contemplate spooning some of the batter into my mouth (I swear I don't actually do this; I just think about doing it).
If you're with me in the "let's eat brownie batter" club, this easy recipe is for you. It's raw brownie batter, but edible. As in, perfectly safe to eat and even better, actually made specifically so you can eat it.
The typical brownie batter is obviously more runny than this and in some ways, this is more like brownie batter cookie dough. But I wanted the edible batter to be a little more substantial... so, you wouldn't be just standing over the counter pouring it into your mouth 😉
I've been a fan of making edible cookie dough for a long, long time and I'm so excited that a brownie batter I can eat is now in my life!
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
I mean, if you love fudgy brownies, you're going to absolutely love this recipe. It's packed with rich chocolate brownie flavor. But you don't have to wait for it to bake in the oven and you don't have to decide between an edge or a center piece.
As long as you make it with heat-treated flour (instructions on how below), this batter is absolutely safe to eat, unlike most of the batter you use to make actual brownies. There aren't any eggs in it, nor is there any cooking oil.
But there are extra chocolate chips!
And because it's in more of a raw cookie dough form, it's much easier to eat than the typical brownie batter.
If you've ever made brownies from scratch, the ingredient list is pretty similar... But there are no eggs, oils, or leavening agents in this recipe.
Here's everything you need to make the edible brownie batter (see recipe card at the bottom of this post for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions):
- All-purpose flour: see section below on heat-treating to ensure flour is safe to eat raw.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Light brown sugar: can substitute with dark if needed
- Granulated sugar
- Espresso powder: optional, but it adds a nice depth of flavor
- Melted unsalted butter: if you only have salted, use less additional salt
- Vanilla extract
- Mini chocolate chips: can also use regular size, but I think mini work best
👩🍳 How to heat treat flour
Most people don't realize that it's not always the raw eggs that will get you sick in cookie dough; it's the raw flour that can have harmful bacteria (source).
In fact, many bags of flour now have warnings not to eat it raw, thanks in part to the rise in edible cookie dough popularity.
But the good news is that it's really easy to make flour safe to eat! All you have to do is bake it for a few minutes.
Simply spread the flour on a cookie sheet and bake it at 350 degrees for just five minutes. And just like that, your flour is safe to eat in "raw" baked goods.
I recommend cooling the flour before using it in the edible brownie batter.
If this still feels like too much work for you, you can actually buy heat-treated flour!
🌰 Can I use almond flour?
If you don't want to heat treat the raw flour, you can always use almond flour instead! Of course, this changes the flavor of the batter slightly, but it will still be awesome.
Note that you may need a bit more milk if using almond flour.
You can also try coconut flour, but I recommend using a little less flour and a little more milk as it's much drier than all-purpose. Coconut flour will also give your batter a slight coconut flavor.
🍫 How to make edible brownie batter
This sweet treat is SO easy to make, with no mixer required. Almost like making homemade brownies, but with no greased pan and no turning the oven on (unless it's to heat treat the flour).
Oh, and you only need one bowl!
To start, in a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, granulated sugar, espresso powder, and salt.
Pour melted butter into mixture and add vanilla and 4 Tbsp milk. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined and brownie-like dough is formed.
Add an additional 1-2 Tbsp milk if you want your batter to be thinner.
Fold in mini chocolate chips.
And you're ready to indulge! See how easy that was?? Much easier than making homemade brownies since you're cutting out the whole pour batter into a greased pan and bake bit.
Now for the best part... You just need to grab a spoon and start enjoying. I think you're going to be thrilled with this rich and chocolate-y dessert that tastes just like homemade brownies!
Though I have to tell you, it's really, really hard to stop eating.
But there's a reason it's called edible brownie batter... You're supposed to eat it!
And not feel bad that you're doing something wrong or will risk getting ill. Or standing over the sink scraping all the leftover batter out of the bowl.
This is the perfect treat with rich chocolate flavor to enjoy while sitting on the couch and watching movies with your family.
But it's also fun to serve in individual little cups at a gathering. Or a cookie dough and brownie batter party!
⏲ How to store
Once you're done helping yourself to as much edible brownie batter as your heart desires, it's easy to keep fresh for later.
For maximum freshness, store it in an airtight container and keep in the fridge. When stored properly, it should be good for 5-7 days.
You can keep the brownie batter in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple days, but I think it tastes best when chilled!
You can also scoop the edible brownie dough into balls and freeze them on a cookie sheet. Then place the frozen scoops in a large Ziploc bag and keep it in your freezer for up to 6 months. Just be sure to let thaw fully before enjoying.
💡 Variations on recipe
This recipe is for a pretty basic edible brownie batter that tastes just like the classic baked treats. But there's a lot you can do to jazz it up or change the flavor profile a bit. Here are some ideas:
- Add a different kind of chips: Instead of using chocolate chips, try adding peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or the flavored chips of your choice. Chocolate chunks are yummy, too.
- Add extract: Mix in mint or vanilla extract to give the batter a different flavor profile.
- Add sprinkles: If you're serving this at a party, add rainbow sprinkles or any color combination that resonates with your party theme.
- Use coconut oil: Instead of butter, try using coconut oil.
- Use any dairy or non-dairy substitute: If you can't drink milk or just want to use a substitute, feel free to use almond milk, coconut milk, oatmilk, cashew milk, etc.
- Add nuts: Pecans or walnuts would be especially delicious in this edible brownie batter.
- Add extras: There are lots of fun extras you can add to this batter, including cookie pieces, pretzels, candy pieces, marshmallows, etc. Experiment with your favorite add-ins.
📦 Can I use boxed mix?
I haven't tried making this edible batter with boxed brownie mix, but if you want to try, I recommend heat-treating it before you do so as there is raw flour in the mix.
🍪 More edible dough recipes
My life may never be the same now that I know how to make brownie batter that's perfectly safe to eat. Whenever a chocolate craving hits, this can be enjoyed within just 15 minutes.
Are you someone who licks the bowl every time you make brownies?
Edible Brownie Batter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (see note about heat-treating)
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ⅓-1/2 cup granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
- 2 tsp espresso powder (optional)
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4-6 Tbsp milk, divided
- ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, granulated sugar, espresso powder, and salt.
- Pour melted butter into mixture and add vanilla and 4 Tbsp milk. Stir until well combined and brownie-like dough is formed. Add an additional 1-2 Tbsp milk if you want your batter to be thinner.
- Fold in mini chocolate chips and enjoy!
- To avoid foodborne illness from eating raw flour, you can heat-treat it. Just spread flour on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes. Cool before using.