Fudgy Brownie Cookies

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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!

Fudgy Brownie Cookies

Fudgy Brownie Cookies - this EASY brownie cookie recipe is completely from scratch and FULL of decadent chocolate!!
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Yield 21 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie

Ingredients

  • 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
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough 2” apart onto cookie sheets.
  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie, cookies

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  1. Do you think these would work for using to make football shape cookies or do you think they will lose their shape? 

  2. So they tasted very yummy and chocolately but they were fairly dry and crumbly, falling apart. And they didn’t spread even a fraction of an inch, they look like yummy little lumps. I followed the directions to the letter but they still came out that way, do you think trying 2 eggs or something might fix it for me?

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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. 

    1. 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.

  7. 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!