Brownie Cookies

This time of year I love to go on my annual Holiday baking spree and bake all kinds of cookies. From the new cookies that I find to my all time favorites. This year my baking spree is a bit different. You see one of my favorite parts of my annual baking spree is having my mom and my friend Beth right there alongside me. Baking, decorating and boxing up goodies for our neighbors and coworkers. This year it is just me and occasionally Andrew who will wander into the kitchen for some taste testing. Now that we have moved to Peoria, Illinois I live 7 hours away from my mom in Columbus, Ohio and 9 hours from Beth who lives in Canton, Ohio. So I get a little sad not having my baking cohorts out here with me. I guess until we find a way to move Ohio closer to Illinois or they decide to join me out here in the River City, I will be baking alone. This is also the first year that we won’t be able to make it back to Columbus, Ohio for Christmas since Andrew is unfortunately on-call that week. My parents and brother’s family will be coming back out to Peoria to join us for Christmas and New Year’s this year, so I am looking forward to that. Now, Beth if we could just get you out here it would be a perfect Christmas! 😉

Me, my mom and Beth Christmas 2010

I am one of those people who go shopping on Black Friday and then not again until the weekend before and the days leading up to Christmas. This year I decided that I should at least try to get a head start on my shopping. Well, instead of finding Christmas gifts for everyone else, I ended up I picked up a new cookbook for myself! 😉 The Southern Living Best Loved Cookies cookbook is like a cookie goldmine. There are so many mouth-watering cookies in this book I didn’t know where to start. That was until I found the Brownie Cookies recipe. Cookies and brownies in one delicious treat? Does it really get much better than that? These ooey, gooey chocolate “brookies” have crisp edges, tender centers, and a rich fudgy flavor. Serve these babies warm with a glass of cold milk and I bet Santa will leave you everything on your Christmas list! 😉

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Brownie Cookies

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  • 2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate morsels, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts onto a baking sheet and place in preheated oven 5-7 minutes until fragrant. Shake the baking sheet halfway through baking so the nuts will toast evenly. Remove nuts from oven and set aside to cool completely. Once cool, chop nuts and set aside.
  2. In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, melt butter, unsweetened chocolate, and 1 1/2 cups chocolate morsels over low heat, stirring constantly; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and espresso powder; set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla at medium speed until combined. Add flour mixture, beating well. Add chocolate mixture and beat until combined. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups chocolate morsels and pecans.
  5. Drop dough by 2 tablespoonfuls, spacing about 2 inches apart on to parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, until edges are firm and centers appear cracked, 9-10 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets about 3 minutes; using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.

Yields: 2 1/2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Source: adapted from Southern Living Best Loved Cookies

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37 Responses to Brownie Cookies

  1. hello brownie cookies ….i love you !! love the chocolate oozing out 😉

  2. Ooooo, these look sinful! That means I’ll have to try them 🙂 Your photos are wonderful! They always are. 🙂

  3. Becca says:

    Those look AWESOME! Brownie cookies are one of my favs… especially in the winter with a big cup of hot cocoa!

  4. amy says:

    this is my absolute favorite kind of cookie, and i can’t wait until next weekend so i can make them, but i do have a question as i hate nuts! normally i just cut them out of the recipe, but this calls for 2 cups, which seems like a whole lot. should any of the other ingredients be adjusted to account for the loss? or perhaps i could just make up for the lack of nuts by throwing in some chocolate chips…!

    • Christina says:

      You can just leave the nuts out and not worry about substituting them with anything else. I made a few without the nuts and they turned out great! Let me know how they turn out for you! 🙂

      • Amy says:

        Just packed up the cookies for a Christmas party tonight and I’m so sad I’ll have to share them! Took your advice and left out the nuts, but given the season I subbed in some broken candy canes and it’s like a chocolate mint bomb in your mouth! So delicious. Will definitely make again (just maybe will make my tablespoons a little less heaving so my cookies turn out as pretty as yours!).

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    These didn’t look like much of anything until you see one opened up. WOW! Brownie cookies. What a concept!

  6. Sorry you won’t see your family this year, but Christmas will still be great with just the two of you, especially if you have these on hand.

  7. Okay, these look sinfully good. I love brownies and I love cookies. Two in one … Wow!!!

  8. Wow. Speechless. What a great cookie!

  9. Okay, you’ve really done it now. These are dangerous!

  10. Absolutely decadent and mouth-watering.. love the way they just ooze chocolate:) I’ll pray for your baking pals to be back with you soon! xo

  11. These look fantastic! You always have the best recipes.

  12. Erin says:

    Holy wow those looks insanely good!

  13. Caroline says:

    I wish my family could fly back to Columbus during Christmas as well. My grandma usually flies out here instead…she’d much rather be in sunny California than freezing Ohio! These gooey cookies look awesome. x

  14. overtimecook says:

    Oh, My. Goodness. These look like they shouldn’t even be legal! I am bookmarking this! 🙂 (Don’t anyone try and stop me!)

  15. Erin says:

    Wow, thank you for posting this. I have a full week of baking ahead of me and this has to be on the list!

  16. kat says:

    Oh my gosh, those look so gooey!!!!

  17. Oh good grief – these look like my achilles heel. 😉 You look absolutely lovely in that photo!

  18. Amy says:

    I made these yesterday- they are amazing!!! I think these are now in my top few favorite cookies!! Next time I want to try some peanut butter chips in them too! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Christina says:

      Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out…I am so glad that you enjoyed them! I bet they would be great with some peanut butter chips, I will have to throw some in next time I make these! 🙂

  19. Kibba says:

    I have to tell you that Peoria is my hometown and I now live near Pittsburgh. I will be making the 9 and a half hour trip back for a couple of short days at Christmas. Your cookies look great! Have a good Christmas!

  20. So yeah, I totally just licked my computer screen because of the goo coming out of that cookie! These are insane…and I love them!

  21. These look amazing!!!!! I was craving chocolate cookies too. I will definitely be checking the pantry to see if I have all the ingredients for these. They look so good! Thanks for sharing!


  22. Do you WANT me to get diabetes? LOL Your recipes are just amazing, I want to try them all!

  23. Baker Street says:

    Brownies and cookies! Yes, please! You’ve managed to combine two of my favorite things in one. These look absolutely gorgeous!

  24. Stephanie says:

    I went to go shopping for the ingredients to make these but my grocery store did not have espresso powder. Do you think they will turn out alright without it?

    • Christina says:

      You can omit the espresso powder and the cookies will still taste great. The original recipe did not call for espresso powder. I like to add a small amount of instant espresso powder to my brownies, cakes, and cookies because it enhances the chocolate flavors without adding a significant coffee taste. I hope you enjoy them…let me know how they turn out for you! 🙂

  25. Katrina says:

    Sheesh, yum! Happy Holidays!

  26. These look fantastic, love the gooey-ness!!!

  27. Elle says:

    Oh. My gosh. I can’t even express how much I need one (or two or three) of these right now. I’m serious! They look incredible! And I just realized…I have everything to make them. And they have nuts in them, which means the kids won’t eat them. More for MEEEE!

  28. Jennifer says:

    I saw the first photo and said “OMG”. Those look like heaven on earth!

  29. Meryl says:

    Is there an email address I can send a photo of our attempt to? There are no words to describe what we have done…

    • Meryl says:

      We think we may have gone wrong somewhere in converting the measurements into metric. Any chance you could weigh all the ingredients next time you make them? Apparently we have no idea what a ‘cup’ is.

  30. hotlyspiced says:

    These are beautiful looking cookies. They look so rich, dark and gooey. I think the texture would be lovely with the crunch from the pecans. What a great new cookbook! xx

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