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Brownie Mix Cookies

Updated on May 15, 2014

Taste Test: 5 Recipes

Brownie mix cookies are about to make my family very happy. You see, it's brownbag lunch season once again, and I need something semi-homemade to sweeten up school lunches. I've actually never made these -- just cake mix ones. So this is a new thing for me.

Having found 5 promising recipes to try, I'm going to make one a week and report back. To be fair, I'll use the exact same brownie mix as a base for all 5. (I grabbed 5 boxes of Betty Crocker Original Supreme -- but you can use whichever mix you want.) Taste is subjective, so please have your say if you try any of these recipes. Let the fudge fest begin!

(image: Robert S. Donovan cc via Wikimedia Commons ~ cropped for shape)

Chocolate Brownie Mix Cookies

From Cooks.com

Here's the most basic recipe I found. I'll use Toll House semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, 'cause that's what's I have in the pantry.

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**Results: Okay, first time out of the box (heh-heh) went pretty well. The dough for these cookies is quite sticky and soft, so I sort of "flung" it a tbsp. at a time onto parchment-paper-lined cookie sheets. The cooking time given was right on -- after 10 minutes my cookies were looking like barely cooked brownies (which is how I like 'em -- too dry otherwsie), so I took them out. The texture is nice and soft -- not nearly as chewy as a brownie -- but the taste is very fudgy & brownie-ish. Very very sweet, but what do you expect from brownie mix? The kids like 'em, too, and they were way faster than making a pan of brownies. Success!

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Double Chocolate

From Food.com

Very similar to the basic recipe above, this one calls for a little more flour & oil. We'll see if it makes a difference.

~~ The recipe ~~

**Results: This batter was about as sticky as the first recipe's, but the cookies came out even sweeter. That could be because I used semisweet/white chocolate "swirl" chips (again, what I had in the pantry) and no nuts this time. On next attempt I think I'd put some nuts in. Also, only after baking did I realize that my brownie mix was 2 1/2 oz. less than this recipe calls for, argh. Had I noticed that earlier & added a bit more flour, the cookies would have been easier to work with. Bottom line, they are very tasty, but I may need to pop them in the fridge to "set up" enough for eating without a spoon! :)

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Brownies and Cream Sandwich Cookies

From DuncanHines.com

Hmm, I'm not sure about substituting frosting for ice cream in a sandwich cookie, esp. non-homemade frosting. I'll go easy on the icing & give it a shot.

~~ The recipe ~~

**Results: A revelation! I don't know if it was the slightly different egg/water/oil proportions, the higher baking temperature, the lack of chocolate chips, or the magic touch of my 13-year-old (who did the prep work this time) but these cookies came out the best so far -- lovely circles, easy to work with. I did add about a tbsp. of flour to the recipe, which created a perfect cookie dough consistency. The only question mark was the frosting center -- I mean, really? These brownie-mix cookies are all soooo sweet, frosting just seems over the top. I tried 2 kinds of store-bought frosting, vanilla & cream cheese; spread them between the cookies with a very light hand, and slightly preferred the cream cheese frosting, but there wasn't a big difference, frankly. What I may try next time is just plain, soft cream cheese, again with a light hand -- the subtle "bite" would offset the sugary fudge taste nicely. Anyway, even if you don't use frosting, these cookies are winners!

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Peanut Butter Version

From Pillsbury.com

My 15-year-old loves chocolate and lives on PB, so if this lives up to its potential, it could become a fave cookie for him. From the photo, though, these cookies look a tad dry. Is the frosting on top a compensatory tactic? Let's find out.

~~ The recipe ~~

**Results: Scrumptious! These were messy cookies, with the peanut butter "balls" never fully setting up, but the cream cheese added a nice richness and bit more dimension to super-sweet brownie cookie dough. I didn't think the frosting would be necessary, but it turned out to be decadently delicious atop the peanut butter and cookie layers. Both my peanut-butter-loving kids said this was their favorite brownie mix cookie so far, and I have to concur. One important note: The cream cheese gives these more of a rich chocolate cookie than actual brownie character, whereas the previous 3 recipes all yielded very "brownie tasting" cookies -- literally like thinner, round versions of brownies. So if you want a true brownie fix, go with one of those.

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Caramel Filled

From Laurenslatest.com

I'm going to adapt this food blogger's promising invention and skip the sea salt (the original recipe is for Sea Salt & Caramel Filled Brownie Cookies) to dial down the guilt. (Sugar + fat is slightly less guilt-inducing than sugar + salt + fat, right? Though I do love a good salted caramel truffle....) I foresee major complaints from my 13-year-old twins, who are still in braces and can't have caramel. And grins from older brother & dad, who will have to handle the leftovers.

~~ The recipe ~~

**Results: I was worried about texture here -- thought maybe these would be gooey enough to fall apart. So I let them cool longer than suggested in the recipe, and the downside to that was the caramel filling firmed up. Still yummy, but oozy would have been better. I also wish I would have used the sea salt, as the caramely sweetness kind of got lost in the brownie sweetness. These were delightful cookies but would have been even better had I followed the recipe to the letter! Worth making again, for sure.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm a huge fan of anything with brownies.

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      brandon_8989 4 years ago

      I'm going to try it out.

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