I’m not exactly sure why, but when it comes to holiday sweets, my mind automatically goes to cookies. I’m reminded of times when Mom would bake sugar cookies and we’d sit around the oak kitchen table and decorate cookies for hours. Painting was easier for little hands rather than a piping bag, so she’d equip me with a paintbrush and a special thin icing she’d make that resembled the consistency of acrylic paint and I’d paint away.
Memories like that are what the holidays are all about. To this day, we all get together right before Christmas to do our holiday baking and candy making as a family. It’s a tradition that we’re proud to keep alive.
That said, spending time with your family in the kitchen does not have to look the same as us. With our time being in short supply during this time of year, sometimes 30 minutes is all you can manage. And that’s perfectly fine. It’s about the memories you make, not about the amount of time you spend together. And if that’s the case, I’ve got the perfect recipe for you.
These Fudgy Brownie Cookies have all the gooey, chocolatey flavor of decadent brownies, but in a fun little cookie. They’re easy, delicious and are the perfect thing to whip up when you only have a few minutes in the kitchen. And the decadence makes them perfect for a little holiday indulgence. This recipe is part of the Recipe Lion Cookie Exchange.
Fudgy Brownie Cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Total time: 27 minutes
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (divided)
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment or a nonstick silicone baking mat.
- In a large bowl, melt the butter and about half of the chocolate chips in the microwave using 30-second intervals.
- Stir after each interval.
- Melt until the chocolate chips are almost completely melted, then stir until they melt all the way.
- Add the sugar and stir well.
- Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
- Add the vanilla, salt, and eggs and stir well.
- Add the cocoa powder and flour and stir very well to combine.
- Add the remaining chocolate chips and stir.
- Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 3 inches apart.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.