Better-Than-Brownies Chocolate Cookies are a chocolate-lover’s dream! Dense and fudgy, just like a brownie, with the portability of a cookie! They’re quick to make and are a great addition to any bake sale, party, or holiday cookie tray.

Better-Than-Brownies Cookies - An easy chocolate cookie recipe.

The title essentially says it all. Well, sort of. Having trouble deciding between making cookies or making brownies? Your problem is now solved – bake up these beauties and you get the best of both worlds.

I tried to determine if I really think these cookies are better than brownies. That, of course, required serious research. Research, in this case, would be defined as taste testing. And the result is – I just can’t choose. These are basically brownies in cookie form – they are rich, dense and fudgy, and they even have that characteristic shiny, crackly top that brownies are know for.

If you’re craving something super chocolately or even brownies, but you HAVE to make cookies (maybe it’s a picnic or party or cookie table or holiday cookie tray), then these are your do-not-pass-go, do-not-collect-$200 answer.

A big stack of Better-Than-Brownies Chocolate Cookies - An easy chocolate cookie recipe!

To be totally honest, these are not for the faint of heart, and if you are only a fair-weather chocolate fan, these will either fully convert you or may be too much for you. My husband (who usually thinks I put too many chocolate chips in chocolate chip cookies) declared these “too chocolatey”. Since I am an all-chocolate-all-the-time chocolate fan, it goes without saying that these cookies razzled and dazzled me to the point of wanting to hide them from others. I didn’t really hide them, but I was tempted. Actually, it wouldn’t hurt to stash a few of these in the freezer for when chocolate hunger pangs strike.

I have a number of other chocolate cookies on the site, but these are, by far, the richest, densest and most like a brownie that you’ll find. I hope all of my fellow chocolate lovers enjoy these!

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Better-Than-Brownies Cookies - An easy chocolate cookie recipe.

Better-Than-Brownies Cookies

These are a chocolate-lover's dream! Dense and fudgy, just like a brownie, with the portability of a cookie! They're quick to make and are a great addition to any bake sale, party, or holiday cookie tray.
4.38 (27 ratings)


  • 16 ounces (453.59 g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups (266.67 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (62.5 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) baking powder
  • 1 cup (180 g) semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set it over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally, until completely melted and smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • In the meantime, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
  • Add the melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until completely combined. Add the flour mixture in three batches, folding it gently into the batter with a spatula. Once all of the flour is incorporated, stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop 1½ tablespoons of dough (or use a medium cookie scoop) onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are firm on the outside. Like brownies, do not over bake! Leave to cool completely on the baking sheets, then store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. These can also be frozen for up to two months.


  • I use Ghiradelli 60% cacao chocolate for these cookies. It's not SUPER bittersweet, but I think you could use semisweet chocolate if you prefer.
Nutritional values are based on one cookie
Calories: 155kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 9mg, Potassium: 114mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1.3mg

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Thick, dense and fudgy Better-Than-Brownies Chocolate Cookies

This recipe was originally published on July 22, 2009.