A brownie mix, chocolate pudding, and hot fudge sauce all come together to make the most epic fudge brownie cookies. These easy “shortcut” cookies are ultra gooey, fudge-y, and loaded with chocolate!
These cookies are epic — soft, chewy, super fudge-y, and loaded with chocolate! The best part about them is they only take minutes to whip together since we’re using a brownie mix and pudding mix. I’m a huge fan of making cookies from scratch, (this is our favorite chocolate cookie recipe from scratch) but when you’re in a pinch or looking for something different, this is just the recipe to use!
These fudge brownie cookies are insanely good and we’re totally obsessed with them. Below you’ll find a quick overview of the ingredients in these cookies, then a quick overview of the process, and finally some quick tips and methods for storing. Let’s get started!
Fudge brownie cookies ingredients
- Brownie mix: I have tested these cookies with many different brownie mixes and taste testers agreed the supreme chocolate chunk brownie mix (made by Betty Crocker) was the absolute best (not sponsored).
- Hot fudge: Smucker’s or Hershey’s are both great in these cookies, we liked Smucker’s best (not sponsored). Make sure to get the thick chocolate fudge, not chocolate sauce or the cookies will be too runny.
- Chocolate pudding mix: make sure to get regular instant chocolate pudding mix and filling — not sugar free and not cook and serve pudding. We’ll use the dry mix in these fudge brownie cookies.
- Flour: these cookies need a little flour for thickness; otherwise they spread too much.
- Large egg
- Butter: I recommend unsalted butter since brownie mix and pudding mix both have salt in and you don’t want overly salty cookies. Room temperature or slightly softened butter is best for these fudge brownie cookies.
- Vanilla: optional ingredient 🙂
- Chocolate chips: we like milk chocolate best, but semi-sweet or dark will work just as great; use whatever is your favorite in these fudge brownie cookies!
How to make fudge brownie cookies
Thanks to the brownie mix and pudding mix, these fudge brownie cookies are ridiculously fast and easy to make.
- Add all the ingredients (except chocolate chips) to a large bowl and mix together until a thick dough forms.
- It will seem like it’s not coming together at first, but be patient, it will eventually come together. A stand mixer or hand mixers make this process the easiest.
- Once you’ve got a thick dough, stir in chocolate chips, and it’s time to roll dough balls!
- Measure cookie dough balls using a tablespoon measuring spoon. This will yield about 48-50 total (small) cookies.
- Chill the cookie dough balls in the freezer for 10 minutes. You want the dough cold and firm before going into the oven.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes or until no longer glossy on top. The “secret” to super fudge-y rich cookies? Ever so slightly under-baking them!
- The most important tip: Make sure you are using the right size brownie mix and pudding mix for best results.
- Err on the side of under-baking rather than over-baking. When under-baked, they will be chewy and delicious, but when over-baked, they are more tough and hard.
- Don’t over mix: as soon as the dough has come together, stop mixing. If you over mix the dough, these fudge brownie cookies won’t be as soft and chewy.
How to store these cookies
- These fudge brownie cookies will store well in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.
- If you love these cookies warm as much as I do, you can put a cooled cookie in the microwave for 8-10 seconds 🙂
- And if you want to freeze these fudge brownie cookies, here are some great tips. I recommend freezing cookie dough balls as opposed to freezing baked cookies.
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- Thumbprint Cookies raspberry almond flavored
A brownie mix, chocolate pudding, and chocolate hot fudge all come together to make the most epic fudge brownie cookies. These easy "shortcut" cookies are ultra gooey, fudgy, and loaded with chocolate!
- 1 package (18 ounces) Betty Crocker Delights Brownie Mix Supreme Chocolate Chunk Note 1
- 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup instant chocolate pudding mix, dry (do not prepare)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
- 1/4 cup Hershey's or Smuckers hot fudge topping (not chocolate syrup)
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons white flour
- 3/4 cups chocolate chips (we like milk chocolate, use semi-sweet or dark if that's your preference)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a very large bowl, add in the brownie mix, butter, egg, pudding, vanilla, hot fudge topping, and flour.
Using hand mixers, beat until well combined. Add in the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, measure dough balls. Roll into balls that are higher rather than wider. Place onto a parchment lined baking tray. Don't flatten the cookies. Place the tray of cookies in the freezer for exactly 10 minutes.
Bake for 8-12 minutes and then allow the cookies to stand on the tray for another 5-7 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. (I like under-baking these cookies a little - they are chewier once cooled). If desired, press a few additional chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies; this helps make sure there is chocolate in every bite AND pretty cookies 🙂 (optional step)
Note 1: this recipe was created when brownie mixes used to be 18.4 ounces. Now I have a very hard time finding an 18.4 ounce brownie mix and many readers have reported similar issues. I've re-worked and updated this recipe to use an 18 ounce brownie mix. The one I recommend is my favorite in these cookies (I've tested many different mixes). It's not sponsored, just what I use and recommend for these cookies. IF you can find the original brownie mix, click here for the original recipe 🙂