These Brownie Cookies are the tastiest ones you'll ever make, and what's best is that this recipe is incredibly easy and is also vegan! It's a healthy brownie cookie recipe that doesn't compromise on flavor at all!
They're eggless, dairy-free, and perfect for anyone who has dietary restrictions. Or if you're just someone who wants a delicious brownie cookie, then this is the recipe for you because it's healthy but still tastes incredible! So you won't have to feel guilty about having a treat.
My recipe features two secret ingredients that help it stand out from other chocolate cookies. They add depth of flavor to the tastiest brownie cookie you've ever had!
It's a true chocolate lover's dream, and you have got to try it to know what I mean when I say that they're the tastiest brownie cookies you've ever had!
Read on to learn exactly how to make these vegan brownie cookies at home.
- What are Brownie Cookies?
- Why This is The Best Brownie Cookies Recipe
- What You Need to Make Brownie Cookies At Home
- How to Make Brownie Cookies Step by Step
- Tips For Making the Best Brownie Cookies Every Single Time
- Serving Suggestions
- Recipe Substitution Ideas for Brownie Cookies
- Recipe Variation Ideas for Brownie Cookies
- Frequently Asked Questions
- How to Store Leftover Brownie Cookies
- Similar Recipes
What are Brownie Cookies?
Brownie cookies are a delicious hybrid between brownies and cookies. They combine the rich, fudgy texture of a brownie with the convenient shape and portability of a cookie.
Brownie cookies typically have a dense and chewy interior, similar to a brownie, while also featuring a slightly crisp exterior like a traditional cookie.
These cookies are often made with ingredients commonly found in brownie recipes, such as chocolate, sugar, flour, and large eggs. However, they are usually modified to have a cookie-like consistency by adjusting the ratios and baking techniques.
Brownie cookies can be flavored with various additions, like chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruits, to enhance their taste and texture. They are a popular treat enjoyed by chocolate lovers, providing the best of both worlds: the indulgence of a brownie and the convenience of a cookie.
Brownie cookies can be served on their own as a sweet snack, enjoyed with a glass of milk, or used as a base for ice cream sandwiches or other creative dessert creations.
And what's best is that this brownie cookie recipe is a vegan one so it's free of any dairy and eggs! Plus, my recipe is also healthy since it doesn't even contain any refined sugar!
Why This is The Best Brownie Cookies Recipe
- Healthy: These cookies are eggless, dairy-free, and free of refined sugar but still taste incredibly delicious!
- Secret ingredients: These vegan chocolate cookies are stuffed with raisins and pine nuts which add a deliciously rich, sweet, buttery, nutty flavor to them. Raisins are rich in Fiber which helps digestion and pine nuts are a good source of magnesium, iron, and antioxidants so they're also good for you!
- Easy to make: These cookies are incredibly easy to make! In fact, you don't even need a stand mixer for this recipe and you'll still end up with the most fudgy brownie cookies you've ever had!
- Pantry-staple ingredients: you only need 7 ingredients that you probably have in your pantry already! Plus, they're literally loaded with chocolate (yes, please!)!
- Delicious every time: I made these vegan chocolate brownie cookies so many times with different variations which I'm going to share with you below and they never disappoint. The eggless cookies are perfect for breakfast, a simple dessert, or an after-school snack!
What You Need to Make Brownie Cookies At Home
All you need are some incredibly simple, pantry-staple ingredients to make this delicious brownie cookies recipe at home.
Here's an overview of the specific ingredients for this recipe. For the exact ingredients and measurements, please scroll to the recipe card below.
- Ground chia seeds or flax seeds: We'll need some ground chia seeds for our vegan-friendly egg substitute in this recipe. You can ground them yourself or you can you can also use ground flax seeds or unsweetened apple sauce.
- Water: We'll be mixing it with our ground chia seeds or flax seeds to make the perfect egg substitute. It'll give it a gel-like consistency. This mixture is perfect for providing moisture to our brownie cookies so that they turn out soft and delicious.
- Dairy-free chocolate chips: We'll also be using some dairy-free chocolate chips to add a deliciously rich chocolate flavor to the brownie cookies. You can use whichever ones you like. I've used bittersweet chocolate chips.
- Oil: You'll also need some oil. Any oil would work, but I've found that a combination of coconut oil and olive oil works best in this recipe.
- Sugar: I used coconut sugar as the sweetener in this recipe. However, you can use organic cane sugar or brown sugar instead. It'll add the perfect level of sweetness to our brownie cookies.
- All-purpose flour: You'll also need some simple all-purpose flour. It'll provide the structure to our brownie cookies as they bake.
- Raisins: This is one of my secret ingredients! Raisins are rich in Fiber which helps the digestion and add a delicious sweet flavor to the brownie cookies.
- Pine nuts: My other secret ingredients is pine nuts. They add a rich, buttery flavor to the brownie cookies and are also a good source of magnesium, iron and antioxidants.
How to Make Brownie Cookies Step by Step
Making this delicious brownie cookie recipe at home is super easy and will give you great results every single time. Here's how to make it step by step:
- Make chia "eggs"
In a small bowl combine ground chia and water. Give it a stir and set aside for 5 minutes.
- Melt chocolate
Add vegan chocolate chips to a large bowl and melt in a microwave in 15 seconds intervals until chocolate melts, about 70 seconds total. Whisk until smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients
In a bowl with melted vegan chocolate chips add oil, sugar, all-purpose flour and chia "eggs". Stir until combined. Fold in raisins and pine nuts and mix just until combined.
Drop a heaping teaspoon of the batter on a prepared baking sheet, flatten it slightly with a back of a spoon. The cookie dough will have a texture of a thick brownie batter. Bake at 360 F for 11-14 minutes or until the tops of these eggless cookies are slightly domed.
Remove the vegan chocolate brownie cookies from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and cool.
Your delicious Brownie Cookies are ready to be served. Enjoy them with a cup of tea or coffee.
Tips For Making the Best Brownie Cookies Every Single Time
Use parchment paper or silicone baking mat: To prevent the cookies from sticking to the baking tray, line it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This makes it easier to remove the cookies without any fuss or breakage.
Allow cookies to cool properly: After removing the cookies from the oven, let them cool on the baking tray for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This allows them to firm up slightly and prevents them from breaking apart while still warm.
Use quality ingredients: Go for high-quality chocolate chips and other ingredients to enhance the overall flavor of the cookies. Good quality chocolate can make a noticeable difference in the taste and texture of the final product.
Experiment with add-ins: While the recipe suggests raisins and pine nuts, feel free to get creative with your choice of add-ins. You can try using chopped nuts, dried fruits, shredded coconut, or even chocolate chunks for different flavors and textures.
Add a pinch of salt: Consider adding a small pinch of sea salt to the cookie dough. Salt can enhance the flavors and balance the sweetness in baked goods, including these brownie cookies.
By itself: These brownie cookies are delicious on their own, so you can serve them as a delightful treat for snacking, dessert, or with a cup of coffee or tea.
Ice cream sandwiches: Make ice cream sandwiches by placing a scoop of your favorite dairy-free ice cream or gelato between two brownie cookies. Press gently to sandwich them together, and enjoy a delightful frozen treat.
Cookie platter: Arrange the brownie cookies on a platter alongside other cookie varieties for a diverse cookie spread. This is perfect for parties, gatherings, or holiday celebrations. (Try my favorite Trail Mix Cookies or 5-ingredient Almond Cookies).
Gift or party favors: Package the brownie cookies in decorative boxes, jars, or bags to create personalized gifts or party favors. They make for a thoughtful and delicious present for friends, family, or guests.
Toppings and garnishes: Consider adding a finishing touch by dusting the cookies with powdered sugar, drizzling melted dairy-free chocolate over them, or sprinkling some chopped nuts on top. This can enhance their visual appeal and add extra flavor.
Pairing with fresh fruit: Serve the brownie cookies alongside fresh fruit, such as sliced strawberries, raspberries, or a fruit salad. The combination of the rich chocolate flavor with the freshness of the fruit can be delightful.
Recipe Substitution Ideas for Brownie Cookies
Flour: For even healthier chocolate brownie cookies, substitute all-purpose flour with pastry flour or spelt flour.
Nuts: Instead of pine nuts, you can use finely chopped walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts.
Chia eggs: In the eggless brownie cookies, chia "eggs" can be substituted with the flax egg. Or, if you don't have either of those, you can use ½ cup of the applesauce. Please keep in mind that if you use the latter, these eggless cookies will have a slight acidic note to them. They will still be delicious, but I just wanted you to know this.
Vanilla extract: Add ½ teaspoon for added flavor.
Recipe Variation Ideas for Brownie Cookies
Mint chocolate chip flavored: Add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the cookie dough and fold in dairy-free mint chocolate chips instead of regular chocolate chips. This will give the cookies a refreshing minty taste.
Espresso chocolate: Add a tablespoon of instant espresso powder to the melted chocolate to create a mocha flavor. The subtle coffee undertones will pair well with the chocolate.
Coconut and almond: Fold in shredded coconut and chopped almonds to the cookie dough for added texture and a hint of tropical flavor. You can also drizzle melted chocolate over the cooled cookies and sprinkle some toasted coconut on top for an extra touch.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can use semisweet chocolate chips for a sweeter cookie, or bittersweet or dark chocolate chips.
Organic cane sugar, light brown sugar or brown sugar are all good alternatives. If all else fails, you can use white sugar but know that it's quite processed.
Yes, you can omit the raisins or nuts if you prefer or substitute them with other dried fruits like chopped dried cherries, cranberries, or apricots. You can also replace them with an equal amount of chocolate chips or chopped nuts for a different flavor and texture.
Yes, you can use other oils such as vegetable oil, canola oil, or melted vegan butter as a substitute for coconut oil. Keep in mind that it may slightly alter the flavor and texture of the cookies.
How to Store Leftover Brownie Cookies
These low-fat, dairy-free brownie cookies are best if stored on the counter for 4-5 days. For crispier edges, store the cookies uncovered. For a chewier center, place the cookie in an airtight container.
The eggless chocolate chip cookies can also be frozen. First, you have to cool them completely. After that, place the cookies in the freezer-friendly storage bag and freeze them for up to 3 months. Let them thaw at room temperature.
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Healthy Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Make chia "eggs"
- Preheat the oven to 360 F and line a large baking tray with a parchment paper.
- In a small bowl combine ground chia or flax seeds and water. Give it a stir and set aside for 5 minutes until the mixture becomes gel-like.
- Meanwhile, add chocolate chips to a large bowl and melt in a microwave in 15 seconds intervals until chocolate melts, about 70 seconds total. Whisk until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients
- In a bowl with melted chocolate chips add oil, sugar, flour and chia "eggs". Stir until combined. Fold in raisins and pine nuts and mix just until combined.
- Drop a heaping teaspoon of the batter on a baking sheet, flatten it slightly with a back of a spoon. The cookie dough will have a texture of a thick brownie batter. Bake at 360 F for 11-14 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are slightly domed.
- Remove the vegan chocolate brownie cookies from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and cool.
- Add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the cookie dough, and fold in dairy-free mint chocolate chips instead of regular chocolate chips.
- Add a tablespoon of instant espresso powder to the melted chocolate to create a mocha flavor.
- Fold in shredded coconut and chopped almonds to the cookie dough for added texture and a hint of tropical flavor.
Iryna Bychkiv is the founder and writer of the culinary website Lavender & Macarons, where she shares clean, European-inspired recipes that are delicious, easy to prepare, and made with wholesome ingredients. Iryna loves creating meals that are simple yet healthy and unique, including vegan and vegetarian recipes.
Iryna is also a freelance writer for MSN and Associated Press Wire.