The Best Homemade Brownie Cookies

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These Homemade Brownie Cookies will satisfy any chocolate craving. Loaded with chocolate chips they are a great addition to any cookie jar and are perfect to tuck into a lunch box for a tasty treat.

You’re going to want to make up a batch soon. Your family will thank you.

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Brownie Cookie on a spatula over a cooling rack.

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Ingredients for Homemade Brownie Cookies

  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Shortening
  • Water
  • Vanilla (I used Rodelle Vanilla)
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Cocoa Powder (I used Rodelle Baking Cocoa)
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Chocolate

A chocolate cookie ready to dunk into a glass of milk.

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know my family LOVES brownies. These homemade brownie cookies are no exception.

They were gone in no time!

Actually, I came home one afternoon, craving something chocolate and the cookie jar was empty! But I guess that’s to be expected with teenagers in the house!

Brownie cookie on a baking sheet.

Shortening vs Butter

Shortening is 100% fat whereas butter is also fat but has water and milk in it. I always use Crisco shortening but you can substitute butter 1:1. The texture of these cookies will change because shortening produces a softer, more tender cookie.

You can see from the photos these are not flat cookies. They are a taller cookie and that is a result of the use of shortening rather than butter.

Butter, of course, adds lots of flavor. You could even try half shortening, and half butter but, again, I have not tried this substitution and can not guarantee delicious results. If you do try it, I’d love to know how it worked out for you.

Three homemade brownie cookies on a blue plate.

Growing up, I mostly remember my Mom making cookies with Crisco shortening. It was a staple in our house. My Mom’s M&M Cookie Recipe is another Crisco cookie recipe that my family enjoys. Switch out the M&Ms for other seasons.

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • KID FRIENDLY – These became an instant favorite! If brownies are your jam, you need to make these cookies! Get the kids in the kitchen to help!
  • HOMEMADE – This made from scratch easy brownie cookie recipe comes together quickly and they are warm from the oven in about 25 minutes.
  • INEXPENSIVE – You probably have all the ingredients on hand. Because this recipe uses shortening rather than butter, there’s no time to wait for butter to soften.

More Brownie Recipes

When I started thinking about the brownie recipes on the site I wondered if there could be too many. I quickly shrugged that thought off!

There are chocolate chip brownies, ultimate double chocolate brownies, cream cheese swirl brownies, and grasshopper brownies, just to name a few.

Horizontal brownie cookie image for Twitter

But then I asked my boys and they said no, so I guess there is always room for more brownie recipes.

These cookies are crazy good with a rich chocolate flavor. It’s a recipe you’ll want to bookmark so you can find it easily the next time you want to make it.

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Homemade Brownie Cookies

Soft and slightly chewy, these homemade brownie cookies make a sweet after school treat.
4.69 from 38 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time23 minutes
Course: Cookies Bars and Brownies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36


  • 1 ½ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • cup shortening I use Crisco
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla I used Rodelle Vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder I used Rodelle Baking Cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 375℉ Line baking sheets with a silicone baking liner or parchment paper.
  • Place brown sugar, shortening, water, and Rodelle vanilla in a large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs; beat well.
  • Combine flour, Rodelle baking cocoa, salt and baking soda. Add to shortening mixture; beat at low speed just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2-inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake one baking sheet at a time at 375 degrees F for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are set. Do not overbake. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to foil to cool completely. Makes about 36 cookies.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe three times since I found it, they always turn out beautifully!
    Today I am going to try replacing the chocolate chips with cut up glace cherries for fun ^.^

  2. I made a double batch of these cookies today as well as one of your large batch chocolate chip recipes that uses shortening instead of butter. The recipes are easy to follow and the cooking times were accurate. I very much appreciate that your recipes use ingredients that I tend to have on hand. Thank you for posting them!

  3. Brownies in cookie form – I am in! Thanks for the tips! I found it very useful i understanding my cookie texture.

  4. I make a version of these and it is surprising how much like brownies they taste, isn’t it? Yours look scrummy. I want them!

  5. Who doesn’t love a good brownie–and how fun to make them in cookie form. I never thought about the extra water in butter before… I have very good lard that I may need to play with some.

  6. 5 stars
    These cookies are so fudgy and delicious. I’ve now started using shortening instead of butter. Thanks for that great tip!

  7. These cookies look so chocolaty and delicious! Perfect for chocolate lovers like me – especially with chocolate chips added, too.

  8. 5 stars
    So good! I was searching for a yummy chocolate cookie recipe and I’m so glad I found this one! Taste just like rich and gooey brownies. I added some salted caramel chunks, delicious.

  9. So good! I was searching for a yummy chocolate cookie recipe and I’m so glad I found this one! Taste just like rich and gooey brownies. I added some salted caramel chunks, delicious.

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