Chewy Brownie Cookies Recipe
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Chewy Brownie Cookies Recipe

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Biting into these chocolaty cookies reveals they're like chewy brownies inside. —Jonie Adams, Albion, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 276 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, water and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts if desired.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes; do not overbake. Cool 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Chewy Brownie Cookies in Taste of Home October/November 1994, p67

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Aula User ID: 1127835 259563
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2017

"I followed several reviewers suggesting, milk instead of water, more flour.....

Always use mini chocolate chips as they incorporate into the dough much easier. Chilling dough several hours makes the dough much easier to work with.
Delicious cookies. Thank you, Jonie."

fallert User ID: 7539243 254264
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"Had to substitute part butter for shortening, second time making these and it really did make a difference in texture. Adding mint chips instead of nuts takes up a notch!"

karikins User ID: 8642308 238407
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"What a disappointment! I substituted butter for the shortening, but other than that I followed the recipe exactly. They tasted great, but the texture was not what I was looking for. I was looking for a chewy cookie and these aren't it. I would describe them as "cakey" not "chewy". So my search for a truly chewy brownie cookie recipe continues..."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 225719
Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"I used half brown sugar and half white sugar! I used 1/2 tsp. baking soda, rather than 1/4 tsp. baking soda. I also used 1-1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. I omitted nuts on account of nuts being an allergen to some people! I greased my baking sheets! I got more than 3 dozen-I'd say that I got close to 4 dozen! I baked 8 minutes at 375o F.

These were a big hit with the Nutrition staff where I've been doing volunteer work for 2-1/2 years! One of the staff members took some of these cookies home and her family really enjoyed them, too!
Thank you for sharing this really wonderful recipe!

carter210 User ID: 1835656 8396
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"I just made these and they are really good. Only changes I made: cut sugar by 1/4 cup because I used milk chocolate chips and added 1/2 cup coconut. Will definitely make again. Did not flatten out, maintained their shape nicely."

TLPA User ID: 1458601 6560
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2013

"I just made these and they are delicious! I adjusted the recipe slightly so that's why only 4 stars. Instead of adding extra flour as others suggested, I just left out the water! But I also used 1/2 cup cocoa because I wanted to leave out the chocolate chips. I used butter instead of shortening, and doubled the baking soda to 1/2 tsp. I stirred in coconut and walnuts (no chocolate chips). Perfect! They do flatten out like cookies should but not too flat, and taste like brownies. Had no trouble scooping out dough with my cookie scoop, it's just like cookie dough."

Kathylalonde User ID: 7093684 8436
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

"After reading the reviews on these cookies (and many thanks for the tips!) I decided to make these. I altered the recipe to 2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1Tbsp Milk instead of water, then put the batter in the fridge to cool down. I took a big heaping tsp and rolled in a balls. Baked for 8 mins. I really have to say these are the best Brownie Cookies I have ever made!! These have become a big hit in my home! Thanks again for the recipe and all the reviews!!"

mvsvm User ID: 6754766 8359
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"I have made these cookies many times before & they are delicious. The only thing I add is a cup of shredded coconut & dash of cinnamon. This recipe is great, keep their shape & don't flatten out. Our families favorite."

kyuzzes User ID: 7294950 8006
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"These cookies are amazing! So soft and chewy. The only thing I did differently is use unsalted butter instead of shortening."

zucchini lady User ID: 2608427 3029
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"this was very good, but only made after reading all the ratings...this helps me decide if it is worth my time and effort..did add extra flour and use the butter crisco and a small scoop..added cranberries and my family loves them in cookies,muffins"

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