Brownie Cookies: the Easy Recipe to Make a Super Delicious Treat!

Total time: 15 min prep/8 min cool/ 8 min bake
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6-8
By Cookist

Ever stared at a plate of brownies, then at a plate of cookies, unable to decide which to devour first? Well, those days are over! The problem is solved, by bringing you brownie cookies—the ultimate dessert that combines the rich, fudgy goodness of brownies with the chewy, crispy delight of cookies. They’re super easy to make too. Simply make a chocolate batter and mix in chocolate pieces. Once baked, the chocolate pieces become melty and gooey, while the cookie itself is fudgy and chewy. What’s not to love? They're perfect for anyone who can't resist a gooey brownie center or a warm, melty chocolate chip cookie.

What Are Brownie Cookies?

Brownie cookies bring together the best of two worlds: fudgy brownies and crispy cookies. While brownies themselves have a history dating back to the early 20th century, likely originating in the US, brownie cookies are a more recent innovation. Early in the 1900s, recipes emerged from culinary icons like Fannie Farmer, who created chocolate bar cookies baked in pans. While this laid the groundwork for brownies as we know it today, it was a bit more cake-like and not as fudgy. Over time, brownie recipes evolved, incorporating more ingredients like melted chocolate, that contributed to the fudginess we love so much. It's unclear exactly when bakers first merged brownie and cookie elements, but the trend likely gained steam in recent decades as home cooks experimented with flavor combinations. It’s likely a result of foodies who still wanted the fudginess of brownies but missed the crispiness of cookies.


  • You can use brown sugar instead of white sugar. This will add an extra flavor of caramelization and make the brownie cookie more moist and chewier.
  • For more flavor, you can add vanilla extract, coffee essence, or caramel essence.
  • Want more texture? Add pecan nuts or walnuts to the brownie cookie batter.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to make sure that all the cookies are the same size.
  • Make sure to chill the dough before using. This will make it easier to scoop out.

How To Store Brownie Cookies

Store the brownie cookies in an airtight container for up to one week. If you are storing a lot of cookies, place layers of parchment paper in between the cookies to prevent them from sticking to each other.

What Are Brownie Cookies?

Brownie cookies are a hybrid dessert that combines the rich, fudgy texture of brownies with the chewy, crispy edges of cookies.

How Can I Make My Brownie Cookies Chewier?

Using brown sugar instead of granulated sugar can contribute to a chewier texture. You can also slightly underbake the cookies.

What Can I Add To My Brownie Cookies For Extra Flavor?

Popular add-ins include chopped nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or sprinkles. You can also experiment with extracts like mint or almond.

Can I Make These Gluten-Free?

Yes, use your favorite gluten-free flour combination.

How do I Know When Brownie Cookies are Done?

To determine when the cookies from your recipe are ready, watch for a few key signs during the baking process. The cookies should look set around the edges but still soft in the center. The surface may appear slightly cracked, which is typical for cookies with a high chocolate content. Since oven temperatures can vary, start checking the cookies around the 7-minute mark to ensure they do not overbake. Carefully touch the edge of a cookie with a spatula or your finger (be careful as it will be hot). It should feel firm but not hard. The center should be softer to the touch but not liquidy. Remember, the cookies will continue to cook slightly from residual heat after being removed from the oven. They will firm up as they cool on the baking sheet.

Can I Make This Recipe Using Brownie Ready-Made Mix?

Yes, using a brownie mix to create a similar cookie is certainly possible, though the texture and taste might differ slightly. Brownie mixes contain similar basic ingredients (chocolate, sugar, and flour) but also include leaveners and other additives designed to create a dense, fudgy texture typical of brownies.

Instead of following the brownie mix instructions, you might want to modify the additions to make the batter more suitable for cookies.Use only half the amount of liquid (water or milk) recommended on the box to ensure the dough is thick enough to hold its shape when scooped onto a baking sheet. Consider reducing the oil or butter slightly if the mix calls for a lot. This helps prevent the cookies from spreading too much and becoming too flat. Add an extra egg if you want chewier cookies. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, but start checking around 8 minutes to ensure they don’t overbake. Look for the cookies to be set around the edges but still soft in the center.

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Dark Chocolate
160g (¾ cup)
butter (melted)
80g (⅓ cup)
160g (4/5 cup)
2 eggs
Cocoa powder
40g (4 tbsp)
A pinch of salt
dark chocolate, chopped
7 0g (⅓ cup)

How to Make Brownie Cookies

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Melt 150g chocolate with butter.

Beat the eggs with salt and sugar for 4-6 minutes until smooth.

Add the melted chocolate to the egg mixture.

Mix until well combined.

Sift cocoa powder into the mixture and mix well.

Add chopped chocolate and stir until incorporated. Chill for 6-8 minutes.

Scoop onto a parchment-covered cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes.

Let cool down before removing it from the cookie sheet. Serve with coffee, tea, or a glass of milk.

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