Cosmic Brownie Cookies – soft, fudgy chocolate cookie base topped with a rich and decadent homemade chocolate buttercream with fun rainbow chips. It’s nostalgia in a cookie!
Looking for an out-of-this-world dessert? Look no further than these Cosmic Brownie Cookies! These soft, fudgy cookies are loaded with chocolate flavor and topped with a delicious chocolate buttercream.
They’re inspired by Little Debbie’s famous cosmic brownies, but even better (like, way better). I’ve made homemade Cosmic Brownies and Cosmic Brownie Hot Chocolate Bombs, Cosmic Brownie Pie, and now turned them into cookie form.
These cookies are perfect for parties, just because, or any special occasion. Let’s get baking!
Why you’ll love this Cosmic Brownie Cookie Recipe
- Chocolate lovers unite! These cookies are for you if you’re a chocolate lover like me, and the idea of chocolate on chocolate on chocolate has you excited.
- These cookies are incredibly easy to make and require basic pantry ingredients. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand already!
- The cookie base is rich, fudgy, gooey perfection. They’re also BIG and heavy and perfect for sharing.
- The combination of flavors and textures in these Cosmic Brownie Cookies is out of this world.
- These cookies are sure to be a hit with everyone, adults and kids alike!
Tools you’ll need
- Mixing Bowls – I like these with the grippy bottoms.
- Hand Mixer – Or stand mixer, but I use my hand mixer way more often.
- Silicone Spatulas – I use these for everything in the kitchen.
- Rainbow Chips – These cute little chips can be hard to find at the market, but you can easily order them, or I found mine at Hobby Lobby.
Ingredients for Cosmic Brownie Cookies
Below is a list of ingredients you’ll need to gather to make these cookies. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
Brownie Cookie Base with Cocoa Powder
- Butter – Unsalted butter at room temperature.
- Sugars – You’ll mix brown sugar and white sugar which makes for a chewy cookie.
- Egg – One large egg.
- Vanilla Extract – I know vanilla extract is pricey but it is so much better than imitation. Or, you can make your own.
- Cocoa Powder – Unsweetened cocoa powder. I use Hershey’s.
- Flour – All purpose white flour is what I’ve tested with.
- Salt – For balance and it intensifies the chocolate.
- Baking Powder – Helps the cookies to rise.
Chocolate Buttercream Cookie Topping
- Baking Chocolate – I used Ghirardelli 100% unsweetened baking chocolate.
- Butter– I like to use salted butter in my buttercreams for balance, but you can use unsalted. Make sure it is at room temperature.
- Vanilla– Again, I know it is pricey, but you’ll get the best flavor from vanilla extract and not imitation. I pick it up at Sam’s Club or Costco in bulk.
- Powdered Sugar – Sometimes called confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar.
- Milk – I used 2% milk.
How to make Cosmic Brownie Cookies
This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- STEP ONE: Make the chocolate cookie dough. First, cream together the softened butter and sugars. Once fluffy, beat in the egg, vanilla, and cocoa powder until fully combined. Then, add in the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined. The dough will be very crumbly but when pressed together, it will hold its shape.
Divide the dough into six equal portions and roll into balls (they will be very large). Place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- STEP TWO: Make the chocolate buttercream. While the dough is chilling, make the chocolate buttercream by melting the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and letting cool for approximately 5 minutes. Then, add in the sugar, butter, and vanilla, mixing until well combined. Stream in the milk while mixing until you get the desired consistency. Transfer the frosting to either a piping bag fit with a large, round tip, or put it into a large zip top bag and snip the tip.
- STEP THREE: Bake the cookies. After the cookies have chilled, bake them in a 350° preheated oven for 15-18 minutes. They will not spread much and you want the edges to be just golden. I pressed mine down a bit with a spatula as they came out of the oven. Let cool before frosting.
- STEP FOUR: Assemble the cookies. Once cooled, pipe the frosting onto the cookies in a swirl and top with rainbow chips. Alternatively, you can use an offset spatula (or a knife) to simply frost the cookies.
Tips and Suggestions
- You can use a zip top bag with the tip cut off if you don’t have a piping bag. Or, just frost the cookies with a knife.
- You can order the rainbow chips from Amazon, but I have found them at craft stores(I got mine at Hobby Lobby).
- You must refrigerate the cookies before baking to keep them nice and tall and chewy.
- Gently press the cookies down with a spatula when they come out of the oven if they don’t spread enough.
- You can add some rainbow chips or regular chocolate chips to the dough for an extra dose of chocolate.
- This recipe makes 6 LARGE cookies. They’re big enough to share. You can either double the recipe to make more, or just divide the dough into smaller portions.
How To Store Soft Baked Cookies With Icing
Store your cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will stay fresh for up to three days…if they last that long!
You’ll want to avoid stacking them if possible. If you just can’t avoid it, then you’ll want to put a sheet of parchment paper in between each layer. The tops will flatten if they’re stored together, so it’s best to store them separately.
If you have any leftover chocolate buttercream, it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. You’ll want to remove the icing from the fridge about 30-45 minutes before using, so it has time to soften to room temperature.
Can I freeze the cookie dough?
If you have made the dough and portioned it out into balls on a baking sheet, then you can easily freeze the cookie dough balls in an airtight container. Once they are frozen, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw on a baking sheet at room temperature. Then bake according to the recipe directions!
You can also pre-bake your cookies and then freeze them if you prefer that method. Just make sure to freeze them in a single layer on the baking sheet, then transfer them to an airtight container. Then just thaw at room temperature before icing!
Cosmic Brownies Cookies FAQs
Can I leave out the cocoa powder from the cookies to make a vanilla base?
Yes! If you want to make some chocolate and some vanilla, all you have to do is separate the dough into two equal portions before adding the cocoa powder. Then add in half the cocoa powder for one portion and continue with the recipe!
Can I use a different type of frosting or glaze?
If you want to try something a little different, try using a chocolate glaze instead of using chocolate buttercream. Just mix together ¼ cup of cocoa powder, ½ cup of hot water, and one cup of sugar. Heat this mixture in the microwave for about 30 seconds, then let it cool for about 15 minutes before using it as a glaze.
You can also add some peppermint extract or vanilla extract to change up the flavor!
Can I use a different type of chocolate in the frosting?
If you want to try something different, try semisweet or milk chocolate instead of using unsweetened baking chocolate. Just make sure that the total amount of chocolate equals 2 ounces. Depending on how sweet your chocolate is, you will likely need to decrease the amount of sugar or it will be overwhelmingly sweet.
What do I do if I can’t find the rainbow chips?
You likely won’t be able to find the rainbow chips at your regular market (at least mine didn’t have them) but you can easily replace them with mini M&Ms if you want to keep the color but don’t want to buy the chips online or search for them in stores.
You could also use mini chocolate chips, chopped-up Hershey’s kisses, or really any other small chocolate-looking candy.
Cosmic Brownie Cookie Recipe
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