Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

These cookies were originally dubbed “Chocolate Indulgence” before I decided to call it something less cryptic. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s sure to satisfy the worst cravings for chocolate.

The cookies somehow combine the best qualities of brownies and french macarons into one. The center remains soft, moist, and chewy like brownies but the lightly crisp edges and tops are reminiscent of macarons. The cookies are dense and light at the same time, if that makes any sense at all.

Preparing the cookies is a mix of techniques from making brownies and macarons. The mixing method is normally used for making brownie batter. Once portioned into rounds, a skin is allowed to form by leaving the unbaked mounds uncovered for a half hour, giving it a thin eggshell crust after baking.

recipe adapted from Michel Suas’ Advanced Bread and Pastry
Eat Christmas Cookies hosted by Food Blogga

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

makes about 12 to 15 cookies

Ingredients                  Volume          Ounces          Grams
all-purpose flour                 3 tbsp          0.8           23
baking powder                   1/2 tsp
salt                          pinch

semi-sweet chocolate                              6            171
unsalted butter                   2 tbsp          0.8           23

large eggs                    2 1/2               4.3          123
granulated sugar                1/2 cup + 1 tbsp  3.8          109
vanilla extract                 1/2 tsp

Notes:

  • Have all of the ingredients at room temperature before continuing.
  • Use 50 to 64 percent couverture-grade chocolate for the best results.

To Prepare the Chocolate Brownie Cookies:

Preheat Oven    375ºF / 190ºC

Prepare a half-sheet pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or
a silicone mat.

Mix Dry Ingredients
                Place the flour, baking powder, and salt in a container
                with a tight lid. Cover and shake until thoroughly mixed.

Mix (Sponge Method with Whole Eggs)
                In a double boiler, melt together the butter and
                chocolate. Let the chocolate cool.

                While the chocolate is cooling, whisk together the eggs,
                sugar, and vanilla extract to the ribbon stage. The eggs
                will be foamy and considerably increase in volume.

                Once the chocolate is barely warm to the touch
                (90ºF / 33ºC), add to the whipped eggs and mix gently
                with a spatula until thoroughly incorporated.

                Add the dry ingredients. Fold with a spatula only until
                the batter is smooth.

Portion         Using a spoon or disher, portion onto a parchment-lined
                half-sheet pan or cookie sheet, about 12 to 15 mounds.

Chocolate Brownie Cookies Batter
Portioned chocolate brownie cookies on parchment.

Rest            Leave the uncovered pan at room temperature for
                about 30 minutes.

Bake            Bake the cookies at 375ºF / 190ºC for 12 to 15 minutes.
                The cookies should be moist and slightly underbaked in
                the middle.

Chocolate Brownie Cookies Cooling Rack
Chocolate brownie cookies cooling on a wire rack.

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41 Responses to “Chocolate Brownie Cookies”

  1. snookydoodle says:

    what a nice cookie. These are for me. Chocolate chocolate … ;) Yummy

  2. Rosa says:

    What pretty cookies! They must taste wonderful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Arundathi says:

    Jude, you’re killing me here. That looks so amazing.

  4. Caroline says:

    These look really good–I like the little cracks on ‘em!
    And the chocolate, don’t get me started.

  5. Miri says:

    These look so soft and decadent! YUM!

  6. hanne says:

    These sound so intriguing and totally decadent. I love that shiny exterior!

  7. Manggy says:

    You should be doing the photography for Suas’ next edition :) Was just thinking how awesome this would be sandwiched with something. Ganache? Marhsmallows and cashews? Heh :)

  8. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    Hi Jude,

    Your tantalizing description of these cookies makes perfect sense! Now, if only I had some with my coffee right now.

    Cheers!

  9. Caitlin says:

    Ooo – I love the chewiness of macarons and the fudginess of brownies, so these might go on my to-bake list. What a neat process!

  10. noble pig says:

    Oh these are beautiful! They look like a work of art and I love that you gave weight measuements. I always weigh when possible.

  11. kat says:

    Sounds yummy to me

  12. John says:

    Jude, the 30 minute rest before baking is going to kill me :O) Can I make the cookie dough a head of time and freeze it?

    Cheers,
    John

  13. Natashya says:

    What incredible cookies! Can you believe I have never had a macaron? I do like brownies though – and the eggshell crust on them sounds really intriguing. Ok, I’m coming over. :)

  14. Christina says:

    Nice pictures! These definitely sound like something I need to make.

  15. Soma says:

    I feel like having these with my cuppa coffee I am having right now:-)

  16. Jackie says:

    Interesting! Leaving the unbaked cookies out, uncovered, to produce the marcaron-like crust is a neat trick.

  17. Donna says:

    I hope they taste better than they look. Point proven that the inside is more important than the outside. They look rather old and shriveled. Rather try a better looking cookie.

  18. Rianne says:

    Despite their crackled appearance, these sound absolutely scrumptious.

  19. megan says:

    this is a cool idea! i bet they taste yummy right out of the oven with a cold glass of milk :)

  20. Vera says:

    These look delicious, Jude! I can imagine how great the taste was!

  21. Joelen says:

    Yum! This is a brownie I can sink my teeth into… and I love that its all packaged in a cookie! :)

  22. grace says:

    mmm…chocolate indulgence would indeed be an apt name! i’ve never seen a cookie quite like this, but i’d like to see one right now, in my hand, on its way to my mouth. :)

  23. Aparna says:

    These are perfect with their cracked tops just like brownies.
    I agree that chocolate indulgence would be the name for these cookies.

  24. Hannah says:

    Wow, those crackled tops alone are drool-worthy! What an incredible cookie this would be to find in a holiday gift basket.

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  26. Elizabeth says:

    those are sooo innovative!

  27. Esi says:

    I love this idea! Sometimes it can be hard to pick between brownies or cookies, you get the best of both in one treat.

  28. javapot says:

    even without the cracks I was sold! They look heavenly…I could do with some chocolate at the moment.

  29. Cathy – Can’t get any baking done whenever my scale runs out of batteries.

    John – It’ll need to get baked once the dry stuff and chocolate gets mixed together. It’s more like a batter so I’m 99% sure it won’t freeze well at all.

  30. Sunshinemom says:

    Just the look makes my mouth water! Beautiful cookies!

  31. DebinHawaii says:

    I think I may be in love with these cookies. I may have to attempt them–unless you want to send a batch to Hawaii! ;-)

  32. Carolyn Jung says:

    Oh my gawd, these look like true winners, the kind of cookies you want to just hoard to yourself. Definitely will try these.

  33. Ashley says:

    wow. that is alot of information. I dont even know if I could do all that. And thank you so much for lettming me in on all the info.

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    what is 3/4 of a cup and 1/4 of a cup and 2/3 of a cup in grams HELP ingreidiants for school!!!

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  40. Maryjoy says:

    Can I use a turbo broiler for baking?

    Wow, that one looks really yummy. I do not have an oven, but I definitely want to try these. What temperature should I use? Please help me. Thanks.

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