Fudgy flax cookies

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These are without a doubt my kids’ favourite cookies and the recipe they ask for time and again. They call them “chocolate chocolate” cookies and they disappear in a flash if I’m not quick to hide them in the basement freezer.

The recipe is an adaptation from a Fine Cooking publication I bought years ago. I have reduced the amount of sugar from the original and added ground flax and molasses.  The result is a dense fudgy cookie that tastes a little healthy.

These cookies are deliciously soft if you’re careful not to bake them too long. They’re also great for homemade ice cream sandwiches. Make a more grown-up version by adding candied ginger, orange zest or a little instant espresso powder.

Fudgy flax cookies

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour (use half whole wheat)
  • 4 Tbsp ground flax
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips


  1. In a medium bowl, mash butter with the sugars.
  2. Add oil and egg and mix well.
  3. Add molasses and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, flax, cocoa and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture to the egg-sugar bowl and mix well.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Drop by spoonful onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Some delicious variations:

Add ½ cup chopped candied ginger, dried cranberries or dried cherries.

Add the grated zest of an orange.

Add 1 tsp instant espresso powder (add with egg and oil so it dissolves)

2 thoughts on “Fudgy flax cookies

  1. Brigitte says:

    I can’t wait to try it. Right now I am too busy painting inside my house I do not have time to bake but this will certainly be on my list to do.

    1. Bridget says:

      These cookies are worth the wait!

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