Fudge is so incredibly, decadently dense, and that’s one of the things that makes it the ultimate delicious treat. But when you pair the density of fudge with the cakey texture of brownies, you have a heavenly match.
Brownie Mix Cookie Recipe
The best thing about this recipe is that you can use the most simple ingredients and it will turn out tasty. But you can also choose to elevate one or more of the options, and then it’s customized.
No matter if you eat these brownie mix cookies on their own, top them with ice cream or whipped cream, or use them to make the best ice cream sandwich ever, these brownie mix cookies are a multi-sensory dessert that delivers on flavor, texture, mouthfeel, and aroma.
Brownie Mix Cookies Ingredients
Easy ingredients make up this brownie mix recipe giving it rich and delicious chocolate flavor.
- Fudge brownie mix– Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, King Arthur, and Pillsbury all produce a mix that will get you fudgy brownie results. You can also go higher-end with the Ghirardelli brand. This recipe uses an 18.4 oz box of brownie mix.
- Eggs– farm fresh are always best, but you can easily use your favorite store bought brand. Large size are the ones most often used when developing recipes.
- All-purpose flour– While flour is technically any ground uncooked cereal grain, the best to use for these Brownie Mix Cookies is your typical all-purpose flour. We have not tried this recipe using gluten-free flour alternatives, but if you happen to, please let us know how it goes!
- Vegetable oil- According to Reader’s Digest, this miracle oil can help you get out a splinter, remove labels, and smooth your feet. For cooking, though, its neutral flavor adds texture and will provide richness to these Brownie Mix Cookies.
- Water- this simple ingredient is responsible for consistency in baked goods and helps with the hydration of the other ingredients.
- Vanilla extract- there are numerous vanilla extracts on the market, and just as many debates about which is best. Choose your favorite and use it in this recipe to round out the flavor of the cookies.
- Coffee or espresso– prepare your favorite, light or dark roast, and add it to this cookie recipe to make it your own. Coffee helps to accentuate the natural chocolatey flavors. Use decaffeinated if serving to children… cause they have enough energy on their own! Espresso powder also works.
- Dark chocolate chips- while you can use any brand, if you want to elevate these brownie mix cookies, use those from a top-notch chocolate maker. Cook’s Illustrated gives a great guide to choosing dark chocolate chips. Milk chocolate, semi-sweet and white chocolate chips can be used as well. As can caramel or peanut butter chips.
How To Make Brownie Mix Cookies
Making brownie mix cookies is easy- just make sure to not overcook them, the only cardinal sin which is rather easy to do.
- Prep Oven. Preheat the oven, preheating ensures that there is a solid temperature so that baked foods cook evenly. While this is important for all food, it’s especially crucial for baked goods. The temperature being a little too hot or a little too cold can dramatically impact the end result.
- Prep Baking Sheets. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using parchment paper eliminates the need for other methods to ensure that cooked foods don’t stick to the surface of the pan and allows for easy transfer of the Brownie Mix Cookies from the sheet to a wire cooling rack. You can also use a silicone mat on the cookie sheet.
- Make Batter. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the brownie mix, flour, vegetable oil, eggs, water, vanilla and coffee. Mix until no dry spots remain. Be sure to not mix beyond wetting all of the ingredients. Mixing too long will add too much air, resulting in a lighter end product.
- Add Chocolate Chips. Fold in chocolate chips by hand. Rather than continuing to use the mixer, which could result in airy cookies instead of denser ones, folding chocolate chips in using a spatula will make sure you retain the desired texture while also dispersing the chocolate chips evenly.
- Scoop. Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, place in rounded dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet. A melon-baller is a good option for ensuring equal size.
- Bake. Bake until the tops look glossy and puffy. While they might appear underbaked, they will continue to cook as they rest.
- Cool. Remove from the oven and cool for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully. Be sure to cool on a wire rack so that the cookies can cool from all sides and not become soggy or overcook on the bottoms.
What To Serve With Brownie Mix Cookies
Brownie Mix Cookies could be scarfed down all by themselves. Hide in your walk-in pantry before the kids go to bed, or while they’re off playing video games. Or you can share them with friends and family with some simple accompaniments. A few to try:
- Coffee Drinks
- Hot Chocolate
- The trendy Dalgona Whipped Coffee
- A nightcap White Chocolate Martini
- A scoop of vanilla ice cream
These brownies are a great base recipe, but they can also be customized to your liking. Here are a few ideas.
- Mix Up the Chips– I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but white chocolate chips, caramel chips, peanut butter chips or dark chocolate, butterscotch chips, chocolate chunks or even a mix, can also make a fantastic flavor.
- Extract– Swap out the vanilla for almond extract or even peppermint for a chocolate peppermint flavor.
- Sundae– Top it with a scoop of your favorite ice cream then smother is in fudge sauce or caramel sauce and of course, whipped cream. Plain or chocolate whipped cream will both do nicely. Maple cream or Dutch honey can be a fun twist.
- Sprinkle of Salt– Right after cookies emerge from the oven, top with with a little sprinkle of flaky sea salt like fleur de del.
Storage and Freezing
Brownie Mix Cookies will last up to three weeks in a sealed, airtight container at room temperature.
Generally, cookies can also be stored in the freezer for eight to twelve months. Wrapping them individually in aluminum or parchment will avoid them sticking together and having freezer burn.
More Easy Cookie Recipes
We all love cookie recipes and here are a few more to try!
Double Chocolate Brownie Mix Cookie Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the brownie mix, flour, vegetable oil, eggs, water, vanilla and coffee. Mix until no dry spots remain.
- Fold in chocolate chips by hand.
- Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, place in rounded balls onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until the tops look glossy and puffy, they might appear underbaked and that is fine.
- Remove the oven and cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully.
- If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings section!