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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!


  • 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


  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.


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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48 comments on “Brownie Cookies from scratch

  1. 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!

    • 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!

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

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

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. Wow these brownie cookies are amazing!!!!

  8. 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 :)

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

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

  11. 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!

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

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

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

  15. 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:)

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

  17. Brownies and cookies in one sounds amazing!

  18. 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 :)

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

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

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

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

  23. 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. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. 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?

  28. 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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  30. 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!

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

  32. 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!!

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

  34. Janice in Alaska Reply

    I made them today, and your recipe got two thumbs up from Her Imperial High Majesty the 9th grader !!!

  35. Made the brownie mix today with the kids….awesome baking project with them
    Because there is no baking involved!!  Made milk chocolate and dark versions.  
    Made the cookies with 1 cup of each and put mint morsels in them….turned out perfect. 
    When I mixed the cookies up they weren’t smooth, and I chilled the dough before I put them on the cookie sheets. I didn’t have parchment so I just sprayed the sheets…came off with no problem. 

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