Hybrid Desserts Prove that Two Is Definitely Better Than One

Because chocolate chip cookies and brownies were meant to be eaten together.

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Food Network Kitchen’s Upside-Down Banana Split Cake.

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Matt Armendariz

Maybe it’s the twin in me, but I’m a big believer that two things are much better than one, especially when it comes to sweets. Though I love a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie as much as the next person, there’s something about having that crispy round served on top of a gooey brownie that just makes it 1,000 times better. We affectionately call this hybrid creation a “brookie” in my house, though the term “crownie” totally works, too.

If you’re hungry for even more ways to mashup some of your favorite desserts, give these one-of-a-kind hybrid recipes from Food Network a try. They’re completely delicious, plus, they’re also an easy way to have your cake, and eat pie, brownies and banana bread, too!

If you’re looking for an elaborate baking project the entire family can tackle together, bookmark this larger-than-life recipe right now! Not only does it combine all the best parts of a banana split — whipped cream, maraschino cherries, roasted peanuts — with the signature caramelized top of a fruity upside-down cake, it’s also a super-fun way to turn your kitchen counter into your very own soda shop.

Food Network Kitchen’s Eight-Flavor Sheet Pan Cookie-Brownie Bars.

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Matt Armendariz

Whether you choose to call it a “brookie,” a “crownie,” or a “brownie cookie bar,” there's no doubting that this delicious creation is the undisputed king of all hybrid desserts. To make this sheet pan version, you’ll use alternating layers of refrigerated cookie dough and boxed brownie mix to make the pillowy bottom and a variety of your favorite mix-ins like Oreos, M&M’s, pretzels and potato chips to make the something-for-everybody top. The very best part — you’re sure to have lots of leftovers for whenever that midday or midnight sugar craving hits.



Food Network Kitchen’s Three-Flavor Diner Pie for NEW FNK, as seen on Food Network.

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Renee Comet

If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to choose between banana cream, chocolate cream or peanut butter cream pie while sitting at a diner or bakery, this is the recipe for you! Modeled after the “more is better” motto, it combines three delicious pudding flavors in a delectable chocolate wafer crust to give you and yours a little bit of everything.

Food Network Kitchen’s Banana Bread Brownies.

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Matt Armendariz

Dried-out banana bread and overbaked brownies can be a real bummer. Thankfully, this decadent take on both beloved classics is filled with sooo much chocolatey and nutty flavor, you’ll forget all about those less-than perfect moments with just one bite.

Ayesha Curry’s S’mores Doughnuts.

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Matt Armendariz

Whether you choose to serve them as a gooey breakfast treat or as an indulgent after-dinner snack, these irresistible baked doughnuts will have everyone wanting s’more. Apart from being absolutely delicious, this recipe also offers an ingenious way to use up all that hot cocoa mix you were gifted way too much of during the holiday season.

Molly Yeh's Peanut Butter Blondie Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re anything like Molly Yeh, you know that ice cream is much more enjoyable when it’s housed between another dessert. Enter these yummy blondie ice cream sandwiches. To give them a sweet and savory flavor, Molly adds dollops of softened peanut butter to both her ice cream mixture and her cake batter. Trust us — everyone will go totally nuts for them!

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