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Aug 07

Brownie Cookies from scratch

Ever since I made my homemade brownie mix, I’ve been dying to figure out other ways to use it.

First on the list: brownie cookies! These are cookies that taste like a brownie and they’re made completely from scratch!

Brownie Cookies from scratch!

You all have made my homemade brownie mix by now, right? It’s the easiest recipe ever and you can just keep it in your pantry for when your chocolate craving hits.

In fact, earlier this week, Jordan wanted to bake with me. That almost never happens, so I jumped at the opportunity for some mother-daughter bonding and learning time. Amy had given her some peppermint chocolate candies and she wanted to put them in brownies. That was a no-brainer. I handed her the mix and told her what to add as we went along and she had her very own pan of peppermint brownies.

Anyway, my point is, that mix is the best thing to just keep on hand. Want brownies? No problem, make some.

Want brownie cookies? NO PROBLEM, go ahead and make some.

Brownie Cookies from scratch!

I started with 2 cups of my homemade brownie mix. Because cookies need more substance than brownies (since they need to hold their shape when baking), I added some extra flour to the mix.

Another thing that cookies need is leavening. Baking soda and baking powder are both used to make baked goods “rise”, but they work in different ways. It’s complicated science (and science is not my thing) but the basic idea is that baking powder is good for actual rising, which is why it’s used in cakes and biscuits. You may also use baking powder in your cut out cookies to give them some puff. It’s why cookies with baking powder often taste more “cakey”.

Baking soda, however, is great for cookies because it allows them to spread. Using baking soda will give a cookie those crisp cookie edges you love so much.  I love using baking soda in my cookie recipes, and I used it here like I normally do. Now, I love a puffy cookie (but I don’t want it to taste cakey) so I use less baking soda than some traditional recipes call for. (Look in lots of old cookbooks and you’ll see the standard “1 teaspoon” of baking soda.) I prefer 1/2 teaspoon so I get that cookie spread, but they stay nice and soft as well.

You’ll note that this recipe starts with melted butter. I love using melted butter in cookies, but it does require that the dough be chilled before baking. I tried using softened butter and (1) they still needed chilling and (2) even though the butter was soft, the act of just adding it to the mix caused cocoa powder to go all over my counters, floor, and up my nose.

Use melted butter. Your sinuses will thank you.

These cookies turned out exactly like I’d hoped. They taste just like a brownie – but they’re in cookie form! I added chocolate chips and walnuts to my cookies, but you can add any mix-ins you want. (Think M&Ms, Reese’s, butterscotch…)

These are the perfect brownie cookie – but they’re made from scratch. No store-bought brownie mix needed. Just use my recipe!

Brownie Cookies from scratch!

Try not to eat the whole batch. Luckily I was sending these out the door right after making…or I would have!

Brownie Cookies from scratch

Use a homemade brownie mix to make brownie cookies from scratch! Rich and chocolatey, they taste like a cookie and a brownie at the same time!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Homemade Brownie Mix
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, optional
  • 1/2 cup nuts, optional

Directions:

  1. Place brownie mix in a large bowl. Add flour and baking soda and whisk. Add melted butter, egg, and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Use a hand mixer to mix until smooth.
  2. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts, if using.
  3. Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough on to parchment or silpat lined cookie sheets. Chill the cookie sheets for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  5. Bake chilled cookies for 8-10 minutes, until they just loose their glossy sheen. 8 minutes will be a little under baked if you like them that way, 9-10 will make the cookie more done.

Notes:

You can leave out the chocolate chips and/or nuts for a more authentic brownie taste. Or, use your favorite mix-ins (M&Ms, peanut butter cups, butterscotch chips, etc.)!

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44 Responses to “Brownie Cookies from scratch”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on August 7, 2014 at 3:08 am (#)

    I love that Jordan wanted to bake with you (saw that pic on FB and she is looking more and more gorgeous and grown up by the DAY!) and love that these are scratch.

    Great baking soda/powder discussion and with rare exception, I never put baking power in cookies and try to use as little of it as possible in cakes and muffins, never in brownies. I hate cakey tasting stuff. I usually use 1 tsp soda in my cookie recipes but I always feel like they’re maybe TOO domed. Most ppl have cookies that spread, mine don’t; I also am a dough chilling stickler. LOL Anyway love the baking science talk in this post! Pinned of course!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 7th, 2014 at 6:59 am

      I know that domed feeling. I love them that way – they stay so doughy in the middle. But then I worry that people will scream salmonella at me or something. Or comment “these didn’t cook!!!” so it’s hard to find a good balance. Depending on the recipe I’ll use 1/2 teaspoon and have to chill or not but I always have to chill with more than that!

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  2. Caitlin posted on August 7, 2014 at 3:54 am (#)

    love these! any version of brownies are good by me.

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  3. Mir posted on August 7, 2014 at 4:28 am (#)

    Wow. Love this fun way to use your brownie mix! And I love all the potential mix-ins! Perfect for a quick treat!

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  4. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate posted on August 7, 2014 at 4:49 am (#)

    These looks so good! I’ve never made your homemade brownie mix, but these cookies have convinced me that it’s about time!

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  5. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on August 7, 2014 at 5:05 am (#)

    I love the looks of these cookies, Dorothy! So thick and fudgy. And brownies turned into cookies is such a brilliant idea! Pinned!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 7th, 2014 at 6:57 am

      Thanks for the pin Gayle!

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  6. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel posted on August 7, 2014 at 5:39 am (#)

    I’m looking out the window at the pouring rain, still in my pjs, and feeling like it’s a brownie cookie kind of day. But first, homemade brownie mix! Genius!

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  7. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on August 7, 2014 at 5:42 am (#)

    Wow these brownie cookies are amazing!!!!

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  8. Ashton posted on August 7, 2014 at 6:37 am (#)

    I LOVE homemade mixes!!! They’ve been on my blogging bucket list forever, and you’ve inspired me to finally get around to it! I also ADORE brownie cookies. Because I can’t ever decide between a brownie and a cookie. Who can??! It’s like Sophie’s choice. These are PERFECT! Pinned :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 7th, 2014 at 6:56 am

      LOL – so true. Sophie’s choice! And I know, cake mix is my next Mount Everest.

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  9. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. posted on August 7, 2014 at 8:06 am (#)

    I love brownie anything, so these are definitely on my to-do list!!! They look fab!

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  10. Mom posted on August 7, 2014 at 8:49 am (#)

    The few broken pieces that were left were SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. Glad I got to try them. Beautiful pics!
    xoxo

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  11. Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} posted on August 7, 2014 at 10:02 am (#)

    So awesome to bake with your kids :) And I love that you adapted your brownie mix to make these cookies! They look so fudgy, just like the brownies!

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  12. Michelle @My California Kitchen posted on August 7, 2014 at 10:27 am (#)

    I can’t get enough of anything SUPER chocolately lately. These look amazing!

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  13. Cathy posted on August 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm (#)

    Wondering about how to add Caramel to Brownies? Amount etc.( use kraft caramels or caramel sauce)…
    Sounds Yummy… Got to try soon!!!!!!!!!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 7th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Do you have Caramel Bits near you? (Some grocery stores and Target carry them.) You could add some to these cookies, or to brownies and bake as directed!

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  14. Heather @ French Press posted on August 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm (#)

    I am seriously addicted to diy mixes lately, and i LOVE this brownie mix

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  15. Heather @ Shards of Lavender posted on August 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm (#)

    Dorothy, thanks for explaining the difference between baking soda and powder. You’d think after all these years, I would remember, but no… I think I have it now! Your brownie cookies look like something my family would definitely appreciate:)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 8th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      I always wondered myself!! :)

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  16. Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted on August 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm (#)

    Combination of my two favourite things! Cookies and brownies! Loving this recipe!

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  17. Medeja posted on August 8, 2014 at 1:37 am (#)

    Brownies and cookies in one sounds amazing!

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  18. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on August 8, 2014 at 4:25 am (#)

    Brownies are my absolute weakness – the husband and I can polish an entire pan off by ourselves in a weekend. And in cookie form? That’s combining my two favorites. Plus I love how thick and chewy these look – that’s the best way to have a cookie in my opinion! These are the BEST Dorothy! Pinned :)

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  19. marcie posted on August 8, 2014 at 8:45 am (#)

    Brownies are my favorite, so brownie cookies are a must! These look delicious!

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  20. Kelsey Bang posted on August 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm (#)

    Wow, these look so dang tasty!!! I love chocolate cookies! and like brownies!!?! I must try!

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  21. Valda posted on August 8, 2014 at 5:07 pm (#)

    Just came out of the oven…they are a keeper ! I added walnuts and chocolate chips…delish !

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 8th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you like them!

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  22. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on August 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm (#)

    You’re SO right-having the brownie mix is genius!! These cookies are just another delicious reason why :)

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  23. Crystal posted on August 8, 2014 at 8:36 pm (#)

    Yum, yum and yummy!! These brownie cookies look absolutely delicious!! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  25. Jo Tell posted on August 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm (#)

    Dorothy, I’m not ashamed to say that I think you’re a girl after my own heart! That would be a fine chocolatier! Absolutely anything made (well) with chocolate! I just came across your blog, and have to say that you’ve piqued my interest. I just can’t wait to try not only your brownie mix but your brownie mix cookies. My daughters (2) & granddaughters (3), are going to have a “play date” of our own, weather they know it or not! See, I’m already making plans. I’m also signing up for your mailing list. I’ll let you know how this goes ;) Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Mary Frances posted on August 10, 2014 at 10:41 am (#)

    Go Jordan! Making brownie mix has been on my bucket list, as has brownie cookies. Obviously, with an amazing from scratch brownie mix, now is the time to try the cookies! They look so fudgy, but sturdy enough to handle the double fisted eaters around here :) Pinning!

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  27. Genie posted on August 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm (#)

    YUM!! Do you think you could sub out a gluten free flour blend for the AP flour to make a gluten free version of the brownies and cookies? Has anyone ever tried that?

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  28. Jan C. posted on August 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm (#)

    Made these brownie cookies over the weekend and they we wonderful! Need to try them again with white chocolate chips or mini M&Ms. Yum!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 11th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Yes, and Yes. I want to try them all! :) Glad you liked them!

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  30. Joanna posted on August 13, 2014 at 6:02 am (#)

    These look so delicious! I also really love the fact that you used a home made brownie mix. My daughter has food allergies and a boxed brownie mix is something we can’t buy any longer. I will definitely be making your brownie mix and these cookies soon! I try and make a special treat once a week so they will be making an appearance!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 13th, 2014 at 6:38 am

      Enjoy Joanna! I have so many more things in mind to do with that mix too. :)

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  31. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on August 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm (#)

    I think I’m going to move in, okay? PINNED!! <3

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  32. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:59 pm (#)

    Awwwww!! I’m so happy Jordan wanted to bake with you!! I was a little nervous she’d just eat the candy plain, so I’m touched that you two created an awesome dessert with it. :) And these brownie cookies? Want. Need. Now!!

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  33. Carolyn posted on September 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm (#)

    Love these cookies! I have made these several times, and my children absolutely LOVE THEM!!! They are a regular in school lunch boxes!!!

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