These pecan brownie cookies are a real crowd pleaser and delicious dessert or snack. Not only do they have the yummy chocolate flavor of brownies, they also have plenty of satisfying crunch.
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I used to only use brownie mix and cake mix for what they were originally intended. However, when I wanted some homemade cookies but didn’t have all of the required ingredients, I had to get creative.
This happened before there were so many recipes on the internet. In fact, I’m not even sure I had the internet at that time.
I perused my pantry, hoping to be inspired. I picked up a box of brownie mix, checked out the ingredients, and got excited. This was the answer!
And now this is my favorite way to make cookies … because I’m all about easy. This is super easy!
Brownie Mix Cookies with Pecans
One thing I don’t like to do is figure out complicated recipes. However, I love baking when it is not too difficult and I have the finished product quickly.
That’s what makes these pecan brownies perfect. They’re quick and easy to make, and they’re delicious.
You also have the option of whether or not to tell others that you started with a brownie mix. It’s completely up to you.
I use shortcuts to make a lot of delicious treats. Another recipe we love around here is this butterscotch pecan cookie made with cake mix.
We also enjoy these crunchy chocolate crisp cookies that not only start with cake mix, but the recipe also includes a popular breakfast cereal.
Pecan Brownie Cookie Ingredients
This is one of those recipes you’ll turn to over and over because it requires so little time and effort. In fact, you only need 4 ingredients.
I used 1 package of brownie mix, some vegetable oil, large eggs, and chopped pecans.
If you don’t have the nuts, you don’t have to add them. Instead, you can use chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, or nothing.
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
How to Make Pecan Brownie Cookies
Combine the brownie mix, oil, and eggs. Stir until it reaches a smooth consistency.
Add the nuts and fold them in.
Put the batter in the refrigerator for a few minutes. After you remove it, scoop out spoons of the batter and place them on a cookie sheet.
Bake them until they are crispy on the outside but still gooey inside.
Cool, serve, and enjoy!
Time for Dessert
Although dessert is never necessary, it’s a treat that most people enjoy at least once in a while. In fact, my husband would love having it after every meal.
My opinion about dessert is that it’s a good thing to have a few times per week–usually after supper. I determine the type of dessert based on the meal.
Regular or Gluten-Free Pecan Brownie Cookies
I appreciate the fact that so many companies are offering gluten-free versions of all their mixes. However, they’re not always the same size as the original.
So when I use the gluten-free version, I have to adjust accordingly. For that reason, I only used 1 egg in this recipe. I also cut back on the oil.
If I were making these cookies for a larger crowd, I would make the regular type.
And perhaps I’d make a smaller batch for those who can’t have gluten. It’s not a difficult adjustment, but you have to be aware of the difference.
Perfect After-School Cookie Snack
When my girls were in elementary school, I enjoyed surprising them with occasional homemade cookies.
As soon as they opened the front door, I could tell they knew something was in the oven. Their smiles and quickly abandoned backpacks gave them away.
Even if you want your kids to eat nutritious food, it’s fun to let go every now and then. While I don’t advocate a steady diet of cookies and candy, they’ll remember the times you let them indulge.
If you’re concerned about this being all they get as soon as they walk in the door, start them out with some veggies or fruit kabobs.
Afterward, treat them to a couple of these pecan brownie cookies and a glass of milk.
Cookies are among my favorite desserts for a variety of reasons. First of all, they’re delicious. Secondly, they’re super fast and easy to make.
Next, they’re easy to eat because all you need are an empty hand and the desire for something sweet.
And finally, you can easily have a variety of flavors for different tastes.
Fill your cookie jar with these cookies, and you won’t hear anyone complaining about not having any dessert in the house.
More You Can Add to Pecan Brownie Cookies
There are so many things you can add to these cookies to change them up a bit.
In addition to the different types of baking chips and nuts, try placing a dollop of peanut butter on top.
And that’s not all. You can also dip them in melted white chocolate chips to give them some color contrast.
Try dipping them and quickly adding sprinkles before the white chocolate hardens. This is a great way to make holiday cookies in the colors of the season.
More Delicious Dessert Recipes
When I start thinking about what to serve for dessert, part of the thought process is how easy is it to make. Because if it’s difficult, I won’t do it.
Here are some of our favorite easy and delicious dessert recipes:
Microwave Scotcheroos – These wonderful dessert bars are so easy to make. But they have a delightful blend of flavors that people will think you worked on them for hours!
Chocolate Covered Pecans – So easy but absolutely delicious, this incredible dessert is addictive!
Lemon Bars – These tart but sweet lemon bars are made with only 2 ingredients! And they are amazingly yummy!
Pineapple Dump Cake – Whether you serve this with ice cream, whipped cream, or all by itself, the flavor of this pineapple dump cake is out of this world!
Coconut Balls – Place a bowl or platter of these coconut balls on the dessert table and watch them disappear!
- 1 package of family size brownie mix (regular or gluten-free)
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (minus 1 tablespoon for smaller size brownie mix)
- 2 eggs (1 egg for smaller size brownie mix)
- 1/2 cup of chopped pecans (other nuts may be substituted)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
- Mix your brownie mix, oil, and eggs until it has a smooth consistency.
- Fold in the pecans.
- Refrigerate the batter for about 5 minutes.
- Put tablespoon-size scoops of the mixture onto the cookie sheet approximately 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 11 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing them.
- Place them on a serving platter and enjoy!
Experiment with a variety of additions, such as chocolate chips, different nuts, and decorations.
Nutrition InformationYield 9 Serving Size 2
Amount Per Serving Calories 459Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 41mgSodium 221mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 5g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.