Brownie Cookies

By Maria Lichty

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Brownie Cookies- soft, fudgy, gooey chocolate cookies that taste just like brownies! The two best desserts in ONE recipe! Don’t forget a glass of cold milk!

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I love cookies and brownies, two of my all-time favorite desserts. Combine them in ONE recipe and you’ve got the BEST dessert ever. These Brownie Cookies are phenomenal.

The recipe is from 100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer, one of my new favorite cookbooks. It is ALL about cookies, so of course I am a huge fan. And Sarah’s cookie recipes are top notch! I can’t wait to make them all, especially if they are as good as these brownie cookies. Make sure you add this book to your collection.

These cookies are basically a brownie in cookie form. They are soft, fudgy, and have perfectly crackled tops. They get gold stars from everyone who tastes them. You just can’t deny their deliciousness!

brownie cookie dough

How to Make Brownie Cookies

Brownie cookies are actually pretty easy to make from scratch…and SO worth it! These dense chocolatey cookies will become a favorite after one bite.

Here are a few tips!

  • Make sure your eggs are at room temperature. If you forget to set them out, you can put them in a bowl of warm water for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Beat eggs, sugar, and salt in a stand mixture until it’s pale and doubled in volume. This will take 6 to 8 minutes, so be patient!
  • Use a neutral oil, like canola or vegetable oil.
  • I always use pure vanilla extract. It is pricey, but SO worth it.
  • You can use semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate. Make sure you use GOOD quality chocolate since chocolate is the star here.
  • Use Dutch-processed cocoa for the best chocolate flavor.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate together until smooth, then whisk in the cocoa powder. Make sure there are no clumps.
  • Add the warm chocolate-butter mix to the eggs and sugar, mixing on low speed until it’s combined. Add in the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Let your dough sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before scooping it into cookies.
  • You can make regular size cookies or jumbo cookies. If you make regular size cookies, you will get about 30 cookies. If you make large cookies, you will get about 16. Baking times will vary depending on the size you go with. I recommend checking at 8 minutes to be safe. You don’t want to over bake. Also, if you make large cookies, they will spread out a little more.
  • If you want to add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, go for it! You could also stir in some chocolate chips if you want over the top chocolate brownie cookies.

How to Add a Peanut Butter Swirl

In the book, Sarah gives the option of adding a peanut butter swirl. If you are a chocolate and peanut butter lover, like me, give it a try. I think peanut butter is always a good idea.

Drop one heaping teaspoon of peanut butter on top of each brownie dough ball and use a knife to swirl. YUM!

How to Store

Warning, these cookies don’t last long so you might not have any to store, ha!

They really are best served the same day you bake them, but they will keep in an airtight container on the counter for up to two days.

I suggest popping the cooled cookies in the freezer if you won’t eat them that fast! They freeze beautifully.

You can also freeze the cookie dough balls for up to two months. No need to defrost before baking, just add a few minutes to the baking time.

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Brownie Cookies

Brownie Cookies- soft, fudgy, gooey chocolate cookies that taste just like brownies! The two best desserts in ONE recipe!
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  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder, and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the eggs, sugar, and salt on medium-high speed until the mixture is pale and doubled in volume, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn the mixer to low speed and stir in the canola oil and vanilla until just combined.
  • While the egg mixture is beating, melt the butter and chocolate. Place the butter in a small, heavy-bottom saucepan set over low heat. Add the chocolate and melt together, stirring frequently, until smooth.
  • Off the heat, add the cocoa powder to the chocolate and whisk until completely combined.
  • Add the warm chocolate-butter mixture to the egg mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  • Use a small scoop or two spoons to drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto the prepared sheet pans, spacing them at least 2 inches apart, fitting 12 on a pan.
  • Bake the cookies one pan at a time, rotating halfway through baking. Bake until the cookies are puffed and cracked and the edges are set, 8 to 12 minutes. Time will vary depending on the size of your cookies. I recommend checking early to be safe.
  • Transfer the sheet pan to a wire rack and let the cookies cool completely on the pan.


This recipe makes 30 smaller cookies, using a rounded tablespoon. If making smaller cookies, they will be done closer to 8 minutes instead of 12. If you want to make large cookies, you will get 16 cookies. The cookies will spread out a little more. 
The cookies are best the day of baking but will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Variation: With peanut butter — Drop 1 heaping teaspoon of peanut butter on top of each brownie dough ball and use a knife to swirl.
Recipe from 100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer


Calories: 117kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 66mg, Potassium: 73mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 86IU, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 3 stars
    The batter seemed runny for a cookie recipe and the cookies didn’t rise. Baking powder is new. Not sure what happened?

  2. Like the previous commenter, mine also didn’t really rise and instead became flat semi-crispy cookies. Still yummy, but not what we were expecting based on your pics and description. Wondering if you have any suggestions or thoughts? Thanks!

    1. Did you make larger cookies? If you make larger cookies, they will spread out more and be thinner and more crispy. I made smaller cookies in the photos.

  3. 5 stars
    I made these last night, and they turned out amazing! They were easy to make and I already had everything on hand. I also added some salted caramel drizzle to the cookies, I almost always have some homemade caramel, and it made them even better!
    I thoroughly enjoyed making and eating these cookies and would definitely recommend making them!
    Something I did do, due to the comments about spreading, is put the cookies in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes before I put them in the oven and I did not experience any spreading. The cookies looked just like the pictures!

  4. 4 stars
    These cookies taste amazing… just like brownies in a cookie form, however….
    I did experience flat cookies. I followed everything to a T. Second batch I also placed mixture in the frig/refrigerator for 10 minutes before cooking, but still got flat cookies. I wonder if the convection oven will make a difference?

  5. I just made these today and baked them for the 12 minutes. They’re still raw inside though. There’s 16 of them.

    How many more minutes should I be baking them? The edges were set, they were puffed and cracked.