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Chewy Brownie Cookies

 Chewy Brownie Cookies
Biting into these chocolaty cookies reveals they're like chewy brownies inside. —Jonie Adams, Albion, Michigan
18 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 2 cookies equals 276 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 99 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.