Gourmandissimo Santa Fudgy Brownie Cookies

Make sure Santa’s batch has extra candies on top.

November 29, 2021 | | Desserts

Pastry chef Adriana Roche of Caledon East’s Gourmandissimo dreamed up this decadent cookie as a recipe kids can manage – and Santa will love. Each batch will yield 2 dozen small cookies or 16 large ones.

Gourmandissimo Santa Fudgy Brownie Cookies

Recipe submitted by: Adriana Roche ( Visit Website )


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips, extra red and green M & Ms for Santa Cookie
  • optional extras such as white chocolate chips, Maldon salt flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line 2 cookie sheets or baking trays with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix cocoa powder, white sugar, butter and vegetable oil. Stir in egg and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together, then add to the wet ingredients just until a dough forms.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop out 1 to 2 tablespoons of dough (Adriana uses a small ice cream scoop) and place onto
  7. prepared baking sheets. Press them down slightly.
  8. Top with M & Ms for Santa Cookies.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies will come out soft, but will harden as they cool. (Be careful not to over-bake as they will dry out.)
  10. Once out of the oven, you can add a few white chocolate chips to warm cookies or a dusting of Maldon salt for a sophisticated cookie.
  11. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet before transferring to plate.

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