Fudgy Brownie Cookies

Yes, Fudgy Brownie Cookies are a thing. And guess what? They’re completely from scratch!

Fudgy Brownie Cookies - this easy fudgy cookie recipe is completely from scratch! It's like eating a hand held brownie - if you love chocolate THESE are the cookies for YOU!

I realized recently that I haven’t been doing much experimenting in the kitchen. I’ve been using recipes I’ve previously developed (like chocolate chip cookies) and turning them into fabulous new recipes (like gooey bars) but I haven’t been starting from scratch, researching ideas, and coming up with NEW recipes to play with.

When I started this blog (almost 6 years ago!) I didn’t know how to bake without a recipe. Over time I baked and baked and researched and changed little things here or there and was able to come up with some of my staples: cupcakes and peanut butter cookies, pie crust and cheesecake. Once you have a basic recipe (like sugar cookies) you can turn it into a hundred different recipes (like Tiramisu Cups and bark). Often I get lazy and just depend on those old standby recipes to get me through, and this summer has been no exception.

A few weeks ago I started thinking about recipes to make and I realized I was itching to do some testing. I wanted to start from scratch and come up with something NEW, even if that meant baking 3 batches of cookies before I got it right. Enter my intense all-consuming daily craving for brownies and you’ll realize why I made these cookies.

To die for EASY Fudgy Brownie Cookies Recipe

I’ve made brownie cookies before (also from scratch) but those started with my homemade brownie mix. I’ve also made them flourless (AKA Gluten-Free), but if I’m being honest I’ll admit that I forgot about both of those recipes when this one popped into my head. Oh well, it’s been 6 years, I’m bound to do that now and again…plus you can never have enough brownie cookie recipes.

How is this one different? Well, for one thing it starts with my absolute favorite brownie recipe ever. I came up with that recipe several years ago now and have been using it faithfully ever since. It’s FULL of melted butter and melted chocolate and cocoa and all things wonderful about brownies. I decided I wanted to see if I could turn those amazing brownies into COOKIES. Guess what? You can!

I had to make a few edits to the brownie recipe (more leavening, more flour, less eggs) and it took me two tries, but it worked! The result is super fudgy and FULL of melty gooey chocolate.

This cookie is my dream cookie and I can’t wait to turn it into 100 different new recipes.

Fudgy Brownie Cookies - this easy fudgy cookie recipe is completely from scratch! It's like eating a hand held brownie - if you love chocolate THESE are the cookies for YOU!

Notes about the recipe:

These are super thick and fudgy and they don’t spread much. I chilled the dough, since they start with melted butter. Simply press them down a bit before baking to help them thin out, but I like them thick; they stay super brownie-like that way.

I used Trader Joe’s chocolate chunks for the add-ins in my cookie. You can use chocolate chips, or add nuts, or use anything you like.

These taste better a teensy bit underdone, so err on the side of under baking them. (But then again, everything tastes better that way!)

They may just look like little brown pucks, but I assure you – they’re SO SO good. Brownies in cookie form, and they’re perfect. Enjoy!

Did you make this recipe?

Fudgy Brownie Cookies

Fudgy Brownie Cookies – this EASY brownie cookie recipe is completely from scratch and FULL of decadent chocolate!!


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips or chunks



  1. Note: this dough requires chilling.
  2. Place butter and baking chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl. Heat on high power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth (about 90 seconds). Stir in sugar.
  3. Add cocoa, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Stir, then stir in egg. Slowly stir in flour until just combined (batter will be thick) and then stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough 2” apart onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Chill for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly press cookies with the palm of your hand to slightly flatten, then bake for about 10 minutes, or until most of the sheen is gone. Cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from cookie sheets.
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  1. I’ve totally been in that lazy zone lately. I need to start testing recipes, but then part of me is like, noooooooo. Want to binge on Amazon Prime episodes of Suits!
    These look like fudgy heaven, so I’m feeling inspired. And chocolate chunks, no less. The best!

  2. Recipe testing can be so daunting, but it’s so worth it! These brownie cookies are just calling my name, Dorothy! They’re absolutely gorgeous! I love how thick and fudgy they are!

  3. OMG these look great. Beautiful fusion! 

  4. Good for you for developing a new recipe and taking the time to do it, even if it’s an all day affair (or sometimes for me, it spans months, and I start, stop, go back to it, try try try again…) because when you finally nail it, there’s no better feeling! And scratch brownie cookies..swoon!

  5. NEVER EVER enough brownie recipes Dorothy! Bring ’em on 🙂 And congrats on the new recipe too!

  6. Yes! These look fabulous. Wish I had some now with nuts in them. 🙂

  7. Your brownie mix makes the best brownies ever, so I have to try these cookies.  Yummmmmm!

  8. I was just drooling over your new Fudgy Brownie Cookies and trying to come up with a good reason to make them in the middle of the week instead of waiting until Friday to make them as a weekend goodie. I clicked on the link for your Flourless Brownie Cookies and was happy to see that you noted that Scharffen Berger Chocolate is kosher. What you left out of your post for the Flourless Brownie Cookies is that it is a perfect recipe to try for Passover when we don’t use any flour. We also do not use cornstarch but I believe that substituting potato starch would be fine. I make many Passover cakes and cookies with a small amount of potato starch and they are terrific. I can’t wait to try these in April but in the meantime I will make your Fudgy Brownie Cookies – even on a Wednesday!

  9. This sounds delicious

  10. The next time I need a brownie fix, I’ll be making these cookies! They look so rich and fudgy! It’s the best when new recipe testing turns into something this delicious! 🙂

  11. Dude, 3 tries? You are the baking queen. Whenever I make up a recipe from thin air it’s like 10 BATCHES OF COOKIES LATER and my freezer is full of subpar dough. haha! These look worth it! They sound amazing!

  12. THESE LOOK ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS…I WILL BE MAKING THESE SOON!!! I do have a question for you… Possibly an icky one but I have to ask: I found an old box of Bakers Chocolate while helping my Mother in law clean her freezer…has a bit of white on chocolate but not too bad…Is this still usable/edible? Thanks much for your help!!! LOVE your recipes!

    • I would check the date on the package, chocolate usually lasts a long time. The only thing I’d be worried about is whether it would melt right, or if being frozen would affect it. I think I’d buy new just in case!

  13. They look scrumptious!

  14. Is there anything better than chocolate chunks from Trader Joe’s?!?!?  I think not 🙂 Can’t wait to try, sounds like a perfect “first day after school snack! !”

  15. I love brownies too and was excited when I saw this recipe. Now my son is a brownie connoisseur and he begs me to make brownies ALL THE TIME. He was looking over my shoulder when I was reading this recipe and he said mom, you are making me these this weekend before I got back to school. 🙂 You have another fan!

  16. Only a couple of tries!!! I wish I was that good!! I usually end up with piles of cookies or pans of “rejects” before getting one I like. These cookies look amazing, so fudgy indeed!!

  17. I could be in a lot of trouble with this recipe! I don’t eat a ton of sweets but if I do it’s likely going to be rich and chocolatey and these totally fit the bill…. I could see myself not being able to resist just grabbing one every time I walk by!

  18. These look INCREDIBLE! I am making these first thing as soon as it is cool enough to turn on the oven (no air conditioning in most apartments here in Rome, puts a huge cramp in my baking style during the Summer!) Looks like a great recipe. Grazie mille!

  19. Thank you for all of the fabulous recipes! I made these cookies this morning. Saw them last night and couldn’t wait to try them. Very decadent,but they came out crumbly. I did chill them for an hour (couldn’t get them in the oven before that).  Any suggestions? I will be baking another batch next week. 

    • You may have used too much flour? Did you pack it by chance? If not, you can try chilling them less time. My first batch (with less flour) was more crumbly and fell apart, but with this one they stayed together pretty well.

  20. I love how rich and delicooooously fudgy these cookies look!!!

  21. Oh my gosh, Dorothy. I made these today! We’re having company for dinner tomorrow night and one of our guests said he wanted chocolate cookies without icing. I used chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips, used a 1/4 cup scoop (so they are whoppers) and baked them in about 16 minutes. Awesome doesn’t even begin to describe these delicious jewels. So thankful you shared the recipe. They’re going on my Christmas cookie baking list!

  22. These look delish! Have you tried freezing them? I need so many that I need to bake some about a week ahead.

  23. Made these as part of the Christmas cookie list. Thought they were dry and not very chocolatey. Followed the directions exactly as written

  24. I made this with just a few minor changes (white chocolate chips instead of chocolate chips so they would pop more and milk chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate since that’s all I had) and they turned out fantastic. Very soft and chewy and my husband said they melted in his mouth. So thanks for the delicious recipe!

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