Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies

“Triple”—because of the cocoa, melted chocolate and chocolate chips; “brownie”—because of the texture; Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies—because sometimes a little chocolate just isn’t enough!

Adapted from a recipe published in Redbook magazine, this one contains half as much butter (proportionally) plus added whole grains and a touch of fruit.

Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies

Makes 3 dozen cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted

2 cups 50/50 flour*
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

* Note: You can buy this off the shelf, but I use a less-expensive homemade mix of all-purpose and whole wheat flour. If you don’t have a mix ready, use 1 cup each of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour for this recipe.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugars in a stand mixer.
  3. Add eggs, applesauce and vanilla. Mix slowly at first, then scrape down sides and beat until well combined.
  4. Pour chocolate into mixture and beat until well blended.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add to wet ingredients and blend until combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and mix well. Dough will be stiff.
  7. Drop dough one medium cookie scoop or packed tablespoon at a time onto prepared baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake 10 minutes, until set.
  9. Cool for a couple of minutes on baking sheet, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

These are best eaten the first day or two. Store extras between layers of wax paper in a loosely covered container.

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