Brownie Volcano Cookies

The comment section always has the potential to become a volcano. Words spill out of people’s minds and onto the Internet like hot gases escaping the inner chambers of Earth. Those first gassy comments are harbingers of destruction to come! People respond  with volcanic ash and before long, the thread is a stream of magma scorching everyone involved.

Pillsbury emailed me a new cookie recipe. It was so new there weren’t any reviews. When I made the cookies a week later, I saw it was rated 3.25 stars (out of 5). I wasn’t prepared to find turmoil. Maybe I’m being overly sensitive. Maybe I’m being overly dramatic. Maybe I simply underestimated my fellow bakers’ passion.

The key to 3-Ingredient Brownie Batter Cookies wrapping a brownie inside a chocolate chip cookie. Not sure why the recipe is called brownie batter because you need cooked brownies. Herein lies the source of conflict. An entire batch of brownies must be made but only 1/4 are needed.

Sharkcuterie innocuously said “I don’t know if I’d ever make a whole pan of brownies just to make these cookies, but I will totally keep this recipe handy to upgrade leftover brownies when they start to get dry.” Great idea! Chellybell13 was probably just being helpful in replying “Just buy another roll of the cookie dough and double the recipe.” This comment is perplexing. By my math, The Shark needs to quadruple the recipe. Anyhoo.

Crafter404 chimed in “… and personally with that much prep needed I would have enough cookie dough to do all the brownies.” When the recipe initially went up, it said 20 hours of prep time. Crafter’s subtext: get enough cookie dough to make 32 cookies, not 8.

In my opinion, Sweetthhth01’s thought was unnecessary. “The prep time on these cookie is 20 min. not 20 Hrs.” The very first comment and replies establish the prep time was changed. And that capital H … I felt like we all got reprimanded.

The last 2 comments are classic!

Grandmaknits10 gave the recipe 1 star because “Would have preferred a be able to make these cookies using the entire pan of brownie!  All this for ONLY 8 cookie? No deal!” To which Brutie responded “Just make more! It’s not rocket science” And you know what, Grandma has a point — haven’t decided if this recipe was a lot of work. I choked trying not to spit out my coffee when I read Brutie’s assessment of difficulty level.

Mnmsmom9498 finishes the thread with “What is the other purpose for the remaining brownies?” Pizzarolchick obviously had enough and snapped “How about to eat? Honestly, I’ve never seen such silly comments on a recipe thread.” (15 people found this helpful.) Brutie wasn’t about to let Pizza Chick have the last word and closed the conversation with “Ummm, eating?” Mic drop. Pillsbury members out.

Want to stir up drama in your kitchen with your very own brownie volcano cookies?31374085352_943a8b26da_o


  • Brownie Mix
  • 1 Ounce Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 Roll (16.5 oz) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Special Tools

  • 1-Tablespoon Cookie Scoop
  • Brownie Spatula



  1. Make the brownies according to directions. [For high altitude baking, add 1/4 cup flour and 2 tablespoons water]
  2. Bake the brownies according to package directions. [For high altitude baking, bake at 325* for 15-20 minutes]
  3. Remove from oven and run a brownie spatula between the sides of the pan and brownie. You could also cut the brownies now.
  4. After 10 minutes, remove from pan and allow to cool completely.


  1. Crumble 1/4 of the brownies into a mixing bowl. Add the cream cheese and use your hands to combine thoroughly.30711490083_dfb0c2c4a5_m
  2. Use cookie scoop to create 8 brownie balls.31482544396_fed9bdb01f_z
  3. Cut cookie dough roll into 16 slices. Flatten the slices slightly.31405142071_f1b4193bde_q
  4. Place brownie roll between 2 slices to create a cookie ball. Make sure the brownie is completely covered by cookie dough and all edges are sealed together.
  5. Repeat to create 8 cookies. Place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.31482552516_547e097650_z
  6. Preheat oven to 350*.
  7. Chill cookies in freezer until oven is ready.
  8. Bake 17-20 minutes, or until cookies are golden. [For high altitude baking, bake 11-15 minutes].
  9. Cool on cookie sheet for 20 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

    Don’t these look like volcanoes?


What is the best comment (good or bad) you’ve ever read online? Got any ideas how to make these cookies less controversial?

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