Hershey’s Hug Brownie Cookies Recipe

These Hershey's Hug Brownie Cookies are easy to make and taste absolutely amazing. They only require a few simple ingredients and taste similar to brownies, but even better. Our two best worlds have collided to bring you a new favorite dessert.

One of my all-time favorite desserts is my Mom’s Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies.  There’s nothing like brownies made from scratch.

These cookies taste just like a brownie and the Hershey’s Hug on top takes these over the top!

do these cookies freeze well?

I have a strange obsession with frozen cookies. I usually don’t have any leftover to freeze, because I love eating cookies as soon as they come out of the oven (I even take the risk of getting a burnt tongue from the melted chocolate), but frozen cookies are so yummy.

These cookies freeze well. You can eat them slightly frozen, or freeze them up to a month.

To freeze them, we recommend placing them in an airtight container or double wrapping them in both saran wrap and aluminum foil, for the best results.

Set them out on the counter to thaw for about 1-2 hours.

You could microwave them, but the Hug in the center will definitely melt.

We have found that letting them thaw in the freezer container keeps them soft and chewy.

what could i use instead of Hershey’s hugs?

Hershey’s Hugs take these brownie cookies over the top.  You wouldn’t even have to dare me to eat an entire bag of them, by myself. I honestly just can’t get enough of them.

However, if you don’t have any on hand, or can’t find them at the store, here are a few other delicious replacements that would work just as well:

  • Seasonal Hershey’s Holiday Kisses
  • Chocolate Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss
  • Andes Mints
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Rolo’s
  • Jr. Mints
  • Peppermint Patties
  • Mini Snickers Bar (the small square one, or you could also use the mini unwrapped ones as well).
  • Oreo Cookie Chunks
  • Twix Candy Bars

how to make Hershey’s Hug Brownie Cookies

Simple and delicious ingredients needed for these brownie cookies. You probably have most of these ingredients on hand.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl cream together the shortening, softened butter, and sugars until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl combine baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour, and cocoa. Add to wet ingredients and combine.

  • Roll into rounded Tablespoons and then roll into sugar. Place on ungreased baking pan.
  • Bake for 8 minutes and remove from oven.
  • Let the cookies cool for about 1 minutes on a cooling rack, and then press a Hershey’s Hug in the center of each cookie.
  • Allow to cool and the Hugs will set up. They will melt slightly at first because of the warm cookies.

helpful items used in making these hershey’s Hug Brownie Cookies

  1. Mixing Bowl Set – A great mixing bowl set of 3 that is dishwasher safe.
  2. Mixing Spoons – Heat resistant mixing spoon set.
  3. Cooling Racks – A set of 4 cooling baking racks.

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Serves: 36

Hershey's Hug Brownie Cookies Recipe

10 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

18 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened to room temp)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar (divided)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 (10 ounce) package Hershey's Hugs
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together shortening, softened butter, brown sugar and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour and cocoa powder.
  5. Add to the wet ingredients and combine.
  6. Roll into 1 inch balls and roll in 1/4 cup sugar.
  7. Place onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 8 minutes or until set up.
  9. Let the cookies cool for 1 minute, then place a Hershey's Hug on top of each one. Press down gently.
  10. Allow to cool until the Hugs are set up.



4487 cal


202 g


644 g


35 g
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5 Responses to “Hershey’s Hug Brownie Cookies Recipe”

  1. Thanks for the recipe. Was wondering if you ladies would consider putting a photo on the "print out " version for those of us who would like a visual reminder of why we printed it out and also of what the finished product should look like?

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