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.
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.
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!
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.
This recipe was originally published on July 22, 2009.
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In Turkey, it is menemen, in North Africa and Middle East, it is shakshuka, and in Azerbaijan, it is pomidor chighirtmasi, also known as pomidor-yumurta (literally, “tomato-egg”). What do these dishes have in common?
In them, tomatoes and eggs prove to be a match made in heaven, or rather a skillet. Although in many cases, in shakshuka and menemen, besides tomatoes, other vegetables such as onions and peppers are also used before they are topped with eggs, pomidor chighirtmasi is made with only 2 main ingredients – tomatoes and eggs. Yet, the resulting dish is absolutely amazing. Sometimes the simplest of dishes are the ones that impress our palates the most. Don’t you agree?
Typically, pomidor chighirtmasi is served as a light lunch or dinner, but oftentimes in Azerbaijan you can see it on the breakfast menu of most traditional restaurants.
How is pomidor chighirtmasi made? The process is really easy. Ripe tomatoes are coarsely chopped with skin and all (why bother, unless you are picky about the peel) and cooked until they collapse and their succulent juices release into melted butter, making a scrumptious sauce. Then the eggs are poured on top and cooked until set. A sprinkle of salt and pepper on top and your meal is ready.
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Rocket pops – also known as firecrackers or bomb pops – were always my popsicle of choice. I loved their look and shape – plus the combination of cherry, pineapple and raspberry flavors meant I never had to pick just one. I still enjoy them to this day and will pick one up at the convenience store or at a nice cream truck on a hot day. These Rocket Pop Cookies are inspired by those popsicles. They’re not served cold, but the red, white and blue cookies capture the look of those classic pops.
The cookies start with a vanilla sugar cookie dough that is one of my favorite for cut-out cookies, Not only is the dough easy to make, it doesn’t need to be chilled before you roll it out unless your kitchen is very hot (and even then, only for a couple of minutes. You’re going to need some popsicle sticks for this recipe and you can find them at cake decorating stores (and craft stores, but I would recommend sticking with ones that note they are food safe). Mine are a little bit longer than I would have liked, but I wanted relatively wide popsicle sticks to support the weight of the cookies and I wasn’t going to get too picky about it. These are about 1/2-inch wide.
Once the cookie dough is prepared, roll it out into a rectangle and cut it into small rectangles that are about 2-inches by 5-inches. If you have a bottle-shaped cookie cutter, you can use that, too. Trim the tops of the rectangles to resemble a rocket pop, then insert a paring knife into the bottom of the cookie – parallel to the counter – to make a pocket for the popsicle stick. Make sure the stick goes in at least half way.
The classic popsicles may have inspired these cookies, but they also inspired another art piece – a neon artwork I recently made at Lili Lakich Studio in Los Angeles. Lili is a world-renowned neon artist and holds great workshops where beginners (like me!) can learn to design and construct together neon art. My Rocket Pop piece was so much fun to make and these cookies give me the perfect excuse to show it off here!
The finishing touch on these cookies is the red, white and blue icing, which takes the cookies from oddly-shaped cookie popsicles to true rocket pops. You will need a batch of royal icing, along with red and blue food coloring (recipe below). Be generous with the colors, as you want the cookies to be bold. To get a nice consistency for “flooding” the icing onto the cookie, you may need to add in a teaspoon or two of water to each batch to thin it out. Don’t be afraid to play around with the icing a bit to get it where you want. Once iced, the cookies will need to dry for 8-12 hours before they are ready to eat. Fortunately, the cookies have a great shelf life and will last several days an in airtight container.
Rocket Pop Cookies
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 tsp salt
2 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
approx 2 1/2-3 dozen wide popsicle sticks
1/2 batch Royal Icing
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla extract and almond extract.
With the mixer on low speed, mix in the salt and gradually blend in the flour until it is completely incorporated and the dough comes together into a smooth ball. Dough will be thick.
Divide dough in half and gently knead if dough is not completely smooth.
Place half of the dough on a well-floured work surface and roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out dough into 2×5-inch rectangles, or use a similarly sized bottle-shaped cookie cutter.
Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheet. Gather and reroll cookie dough scraps. Repeat with second half of the cookie dough.
Using a knife or the edge of a round cookie cutter, shape the tops of the rectangles into rocket pop shapes by making round cuts in the top corners. Insert a paring knife into the bottom of the cookie, parallel to the counter, to make a pocket. Insert a popsicle stick into each pocket.
Chill cut out cookies on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before baking.
Bake for about 15 minutes, depending on the size of the cookie, until cookies are set and very lightly browned around the edges.
Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To frost: Make Royal Icing (half batch) and divide it into three bowls. Tint one bowl red, one blue and leave one white. Thin the icing as needed with a little bit of water to make it flow more easily when piping.
Pipe red, white and blue design shown on the cookies above. Work with one color at a time, starting with red and working your way down the cookie.
Allow icing to dry for 8-12 hours before serving or storing.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
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Every time that I think the unicorn food trend – a trend which involves a generous use of ingredients like sprinkles, glitter and pink, purple and blue food colorings – is fading, I see someone share something colorful and delicious looking on Instagram and I get swept right back up in it. These Unicorn Cheesecake Brownies were the result of browsing Instagram while I worked on a batch of fudgy brownies. Inspired by the colors, I decided to incorporate them into this easy and indulgent dessert.
The brownies themselves are dense and fudgy, with a rich chocolate flavor and a chewy texture. They’re satisfying brownies and they stand up well to the layer of creamy cheesecake batter that is poured on top of them before baking. The cheesecake mixture comes together very quickly and that is where the unicorn colors come in. After I mixed up the batter in a large bowl, I dipped a toothpick into some gel food colorings (which are thicker and tend to come in more colors than liquid food colorings) and swirled them through the cheesecake mixture. I made one portion of the batter pink, one blue and one purple while still leaving white visible in the bow, then allowed the colors to run together as I poured the mixture on top of the cheesecake base. I gently ran a knife through the cheesecake to marry it to the brownie layer after it was in the pan and before baking.
I recommend gel food colorings for this recipe because they’re thicker and a little easier to work with. If you only have liquid food colorings, you will only need a couple of drops of each color. If you’re worried about blending the colors together in the same bowl, as I did, you can always divide your batter into three smaller bowls to tint it.
The finished brownies are absolutely delicious with rich chocolate and tangy cheesecake in every bite. You’ll definitely feel a bit magical as you look at the bars, too. If you aren’t in a unicorn mood, you can omit the food coloring and make plain cheesecake brownies. That being said, I’ll be on board the unicorn trend and having fun with it as long as its around.
1/2 cup butter
2-oz dark chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
8-oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pink, purple and blue food coloring
Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.
In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir with a fork until very smooth. Stir in cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Set aside to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs and chocolate mixture. Stir until smooth. Sift flour and salt into the bowl and stir until just combined.
Pour brownie batter into prepared pan and prepare cheesecake mixture.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Dip a toothpick into the pink food coloring (pref. gel coloring) and swirl it through the batter. Repeat for remaining colors. If using liquid food colorings, simply add a few drops of each color to the bowl and swirl carefully with a knife or spatula. Do NOT overswirl the colors; you should still see some white in the batter.
Pour the cheesecake mixture onto the brownie batter. Gently swirl two batters with a butter knife.
Bake for 35-38 minutes, until brownies and cheesecake are set. A knife inserted into the cheesecake mixture should come out clean and the edges will be very lightly browned.
Cool in the pan completely before slicing and serving, either at room temperature or chilled.
Brownies can be refrigerated, covered, for several days.
Makes 16 large brownies.