Monday, June 28, 2010

Pillow Cookies

Have you ever had any pillow cookies? I’ve only had them once, but I was immediately smitten. I found them in the bakery section of the Fresh Market sometime last year. They were some sort of sugar cookie wrapped around a brownie center. I immediately went on the hunt for a similar recipe but didn’t have much luck until just a few weeks ago when I was rummaging through some of my aunt’s recipes.

And there it was. A torn out recipe for Chocolate Chip Brownie Pillows.


Not sugar cookies, but good enough. Better even. And when I read the how-to, it all made sense. I had been throwing around scenarios in my head trying to figure out how the brownie batter and cookie batter all came together to form such soft sugary cookies.

And… It’s easier than you think.


First… bake up some brownies. You can just use your favorite box mix if you like. Let them cool and cut about ten 1 inch squares. You won’t need the rest for the cookies. I’m sure you can find something to do with the leftovers.

Then you need some chocolate chip cookie dough (recipe below). The dough should be chilled for at least an hour before using.

Each cookie uses about 1/2 cup of dough. Yes, you read that right. One half cup. For each.

And yes, they are ginourmous!


All you do is place the dough on parchment paper and make a pretty big indention in the center. Place the small brownie in the middle and fold the dough around it to form a ball. Then bake. I know, I was a bit skeptical at first, too. But it worked perfectly.

Not convinced? Want to see it again.

Okay. here goes.


Place 1/2 cup of cookie dough batter on a parchment lined baking sheet.


Make indentions in the dough and place a 1 inch square brownie in the center of each.


Smoosh it a little, so the cookie dough surrounds the edges of the brownie.


Then work the dough around the top to cover the entire brownie and shape them into balls.

Place no more than 6 on a 15 x 20 inch baking sheet at a time because these guys are HUGE!

Bake and voila………



Giant pillow cookies. Now these are much, much, much larger than the ones I had from the Fresh Market. And actually, the process may not even be similar, but the result reminds me of them. I’m guessing these could go smaller if you like, just use a smaller brownie to start.

But I love how big the are.



I guess you want to see the inside.

The magic.

The pillowy goodness.

Let’s face it – you just want to see the brownie.

I know. I know.

Okay, here ya go…


Oh my.


I’m in love.

Brownie Pillow Cookies

1 package brownie mix

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 oz. bag miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

Make brownies according to package and let cool. Cut about ten 1 inch squares. Enjoy the remaining brownies. (I used a pan about 8 X 8)

For the chocolate chip cookie dough, beat butter with a mixer until creamy.

Add brown sugar and beat until smooth.

Add eggs, yolk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a medium bowl and stir together with a wire whisk.

Add flour to butter mixture and beat until combined. Stir in mini chips.

Let dough chill covered in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Use a measuring cup to scoop batter by the 1/2 cup. Since it’s chilled, you may need to pack it with a spoon. Then use the spoon to remove the dough from the cup and place it on parchment paper. Work quickly so the dough remains chilled or either prepare one cookie at a time so the rest of the dough remains cold.

After the dough is on the parchment paper, make an indention and place a 1 inch square brownie in the center. Press the brownie down gently and work the remaining dough around the brownie. You can use your hands to shape the dough into a ball.

During this step, I found it easier to use a piece of parchment paper as a work surface since the dough can get sticky and then I used another piece of parchment paper for the baking sheet. If your dough gets too soft, you can chill the rolled dough balls for a few minutes right before baking.

Prepare six cookies at a time using a large baking sheet (15 X 20) and bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes. Return the remaining dough to the refrigerator until time to bake the second batch.

Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes about ten cookies using a little less than a 1/2 cup of dough for each cookie.

If your cookies start to get too brown before they are done baking, you can place a sheet of aluminum foil over top for the last few minutes.

Recipe adapted slightly from an ad for a Southern Living Cookbook… I think it’s in the Christmas with Southern Living 2009, but not sure.



P.S. If there was ever a time to use the term “Brookies,” this would be a good one.

Lyndsey Brown said...

Are you serious? This looks beyond amazing. Probably the most unhealthy thing one could ever eat…but wow. I have got to make these.

June 28, 2010 12:26 PM
Jill said...

I’m in love too! And I love the term ‘brookies.’ These are big enough that maybe my four kids would be satisfied if I say “Just one!” But then again, with as good as these look, maybe not!

June 28, 2010 12:58 PM
Rena said...

Oh my…I see those in my near future!

June 28, 2010 01:23 PM
Penny said...

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this before! They look delicious!

June 28, 2010 01:25 PM
Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

hmmm these look delicious…the bigger the better I say! can’t wait to try some!

June 28, 2010 01:38 PM
Amanda Jackson said...

OMG! Thank you so much for the recipe! I just tasted these at the fresh market on Friday!! I can’t wait to make them!

June 28, 2010 01:39 PM
lequan@luvtoeat said...

Genius, pure genius! Those looked yummy even before you baked them :-P

June 28, 2010 01:41 PM
Anna said...

Oh WOW can’t wait to try those!! Speaking of “brookies” the other ones have changed my life!! I normally add toffee bits and no nuts but this time I did the andes mints instead of toffee and again I’m like a celebrity to all who try them!! Thanks for all the great things you share!!

June 28, 2010 02:05 PM
kristen said...

these remind me of keebler ‘magic middle’ cookies… though i’m sure these are tastier than the elves’ pastries… :)

June 28, 2010 02:12 PM
Laura said...

These are awesome! Just in time too, I need something to make for my sister’s birthday and for the family 4th of July Party. Thanks Bakerella! xoxo

June 28, 2010 02:19 PM
Christine H. said...

OMG….Can’t wait to try these!

June 28, 2010 02:26 PM
Seanna Lea said...

Is it wrong that I want to use these to make the world’s most decadent ice cream sandwiches? National Ice Cream Day is only a few short weeks away!

June 28, 2010 02:42 PM
Lexi said...

I’m definitely trying this recipe. Yum!

June 28, 2010 02:55 PM
Eris said...

too much for me xDDD I just see the cookie and feel like I have eaten tons of them!! sugar overdose in a screen.

They are surely delicious, but I think about the calories and…

uum… they are really tempting xD

June 28, 2010 03:16 PM
Debbie said...

These look super yummy! I have heard of them only once before, but instead of brownies on the inside it was marshmallows.

June 28, 2010 03:24 PM
Viv said...

YUM! These look like cookie-shaped chocolate heaven *drool*

June 28, 2010 03:33 PM
Dawn Wilson said...

Totally freakin’ awesome-my two favorite things in one! Woo hoo!!!

June 28, 2010 03:34 PM
Ginelle Flores said...

I’ve heard about pillow candy before… but pillow cookies? OH MY! must try!!!
thanks for the recipe :)

June 28, 2010 03:42 PM
fashion seamstress said...

I must have to try these. They look so good. THe best of 2 worlds put together.

June 28, 2010 03:46 PM
Joanna said...

If it weren’t currently 92 degrees outside, and in the high 70′s inside, I’d be making these right now. They look too good to be true.

June 28, 2010 03:50 PM
Judy said...

Wow I am hungry now thanks LOL

June 28, 2010 03:50 PM
Beth said...

Two of my favorite things. I will be trying this out as soon as I find a little time.

June 28, 2010 03:58 PM
Angela said...

Thanks for sharing these. I vote for calling them crownies, but that’s just me. :) Can’t wait to try them.

June 28, 2010 04:17 PM
Allison said...

omg this is the best idea ever!

June 28, 2010 04:29 PM
tami said...

Yummy love!

June 28, 2010 04:30 PM
Julie said...

My next baking project!!!!
I’m not much of a cake person. Brownies and cookies are my top 2 baking treats! All the better that they are joined together.

June 28, 2010 04:30 PM
Julie said...

I know I just posted but after thinking about it..I was trying to remember what these reminded me of. My daughter makes a 9×13″ brownie mix– spreads in pan. Takes prepared cookie dough and drops little balls of cookie dough into the unbaked brownie batter. Then she bakes it and then we EAT it up!!

June 28, 2010 04:42 PM
Joyce said...


June 28, 2010 04:52 PM
Alison said...

I just made these…. mmmmmm….

June 28, 2010 05:18 PM
Emily said...

My mom made these for us after my daughter had surgery last year. They are fabulous! She made them smaller than the recipe called for, because 1/2 c. cookie dough plus the brownie was a bit too much for us to finish unless the brookies were all we were having for a meal…not that there is anything wrong with cookies for a meal!

June 28, 2010 05:30 PM
Emma said...

One tip I have found with making these is to press the bownie flat a little then there wo’t be a big mound stckingout of the cookie after it is baked.

June 28, 2010 06:15 PM
Chris said...

Hmm. This kind of thing might make Weight Watchers revoke my lifetime membership. It would be worth it, though!

June 28, 2010 06:16 PM
Taylor said...

mmmmm….yummmmy……wowww….i am speechless!

June 28, 2010 06:37 PM
Sarah said...

I have never heard of such a glorious cookie. I think I went into an arrhythmia just reading this post. I’m definitely making these.

June 28, 2010 06:48 PM
siimonetha said...

“Brookies???…. brookielicious!!!

June 28, 2010 07:06 PM
Julie in Edmonds said...

Yummo! I made my first cupcakes from scratch a couple of days ago. They were not as beautiful as yours but far better than what I’ve made before and I used an icing tip rather than spreading on the icing. Everyone commented on how pretty they looked and I have you to thank. So thank you for inspiring me, Bakerella!

June 28, 2010 07:15 PM
aviva said...

YUM! Can’t wait to try these this week!!

June 28, 2010 08:27 PM
Madison said...

NUMMMMMMM!!! I started on a diet a week ago- but it looks like I’m going to have to make some exceptions (and maybe a few more!)

June 28, 2010 08:28 PM
Pam said...

OH MY is right! These look amazing!!! I so want to smoosh a piece of caramel into the brownie that’s smooshed into the cookies!

June 28, 2010 08:30 PM
Mandy said...

Oh. My. Gosh. my world is complete.

June 28, 2010 08:50 PM
Ava H. said...

Do youhave any recipes on the site for a frosting that i can pipe on to cupcakes for a classic swirl? I am sorry, I know its not relavent but you usually only respond if it is a new post, By the way I AM TOTALY MAKING THESE FOR MY PARTY!!!!!

June 28, 2010 08:53 PM
Becs said...

Oh my word! What a fabulous idea…. Only problem is how to not eat them all at once!

June 28, 2010 08:55 PM
Carolina said...

I’m in love too!! Definitely I have to try them!!!!!! My year old will love them, I know I know he is to young yo have chocolate, well you tell him that!!!

Hello from Mexico!!!

June 28, 2010 09:04 PM
bakerella said...

Ellen – If you do, just make sure the dough is chilled enough so you can work with it.

Renee – 4 to 5 inches

Lizcupcakes – they were

Laura and CTallmage – 10

Katie 0 – flattening them a bit first helps

Kathleen – you can use the larger ones, but I think the smaller ones make it a little easier to work with.

Julie – and I’ve made those too. Delicious!

Emma – yes indeed.

Ava – i usually use a basic buttercream. you can add a little milk to make it creamier. Recipe on this post.

June 28, 2010 09:11 PM
kris said...

i’ve been listing down all your recipes..since I became a fan of Bakerella..can’t wait for your book..will it be available here in the Philippines? I hope so,cause I can’t wait to own one!! if ever it’s not availble here I’ve been asking my Aunt who leaves in San Diego to buy me a copy..I’ve been an avid fan of yours!!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE all your recipes specially the POP’s!!

June 28, 2010 09:22 PM
Emily Busch said...

These look amazing! I’m lying in bed about to go to sleep and now all I can think is ‘brownies, chocolate, cookies, butter,’ These thoughts are NOT condusive to sleep, let me tell you!

Thanks for another delicious and unique recipe!

June 28, 2010 10:05 PM
Katy said...

Oh my goodness. Those look completely amazing, I can’t wait to try them! I made the chocolate chip cookie brownies from a while back that you posted here and they were amazing. I am loving the deadly sweet combo of chocolate cookies and brownies.

June 28, 2010 10:27 PM
Heidi said...

My 10 year old son just saw your pillow cookies and with a big grin on his face said, “They’re so fat! Can I make some?” Boredom buster #572 has just been born!

June 28, 2010 10:29 PM
karisma said...

I love you! I do…. I LOVE reading your posts and following your blog, trying some of your recipes and just living vicariously through you… but I must admit, that today, I HATE you! Just a little, tiny bit…. but still, I HATE that you had to post this Delectable post of YUMMINESS!! I’ve been doing soooo well losing weight and I’m half way to my goal and really want to get there by September, but there’s NO WAY with posts like that!!! I’m just going to have to make those!!! Thanks for sharing, really, my FAMILY will thank you!! (My ass will not…) :O)


June 28, 2010 10:46 PM
Jolene ( said...

CRAZY!!!! I have never heard of such a thing – but you better believe I will be making these!!

June 28, 2010 10:58 PM
Libbie said...

oh yum… how can you go wrong with that combo?? What do you think about putting these in muffin cups to bake?? Do you think they would cook right?

Also, as a Texas gal, I was sad to see that Blue Bell ice cream wasn’t on the poll list!

Love, love, love your blog!!!!! Thanks for sharing all of your yummy ideas.

June 28, 2010 11:48 PM
Tiffany said...

HOLY MOTHER OF ALL THINGS SACRED AND HOLY! I want one of those RIGHT NOW! I must make those soon!
They remind me of some cookies my SIL makes – take a mini snickers (the little square bites) and cover it in peanut butter cookie dough and bake. YUM!

June 28, 2010 11:49 PM
salena said...

those look delicious. heavenly i mean. MM MMGOOD

June 28, 2010 11:59 PM
Michelle Aguilar said...

for me not liking chocolate much( I am a carmel girl) I am drooling in Chocolate heaven. When in the world do you dream all these up?
I should share with you my white chocolate peanut butter fudge I made on our local morning show. What great fun I had.
I forgot what show you were on? Carol Devall?
I love your site!

June 29, 2010 12:22 AM
T said...

OHHHH…bakerella!!! losing this last 10lbs just got sooo much harder!!!!!! Giant pillowy brownie cookies?! Too hard to resist!

June 29, 2010 12:35 AM
kim said...

these are in the oven as we speak! definitely would recommend flattening a bit, as stated in the comments. Also, maybe next time I’ll try cooking the brownies in a larger pan so maybe there’s not so much of a “lump”. i don’t know if that would work…???

June 29, 2010 12:39 AM
Lesley March said...

I will definately be making these in the near future.

June 29, 2010 06:34 AM
Em said...

!! never would have thought of this one! i’m on it this weekend!

June 29, 2010 09:18 AM
Ellen said...

Wow, these look awesome! And combine two of my favorite things. :)

June 29, 2010 10:00 AM
Heather said...

Wow these look fabulous! My husband peered over and has begged me to make a batch:)

June 29, 2010 10:14 AM
Bonnie said...

omg! now that’s a serious cookie! i HAVE to try this! my kids will be in 7th heaven!!! they will think i am the best mom ever!

June 29, 2010 10:29 AM
Chrish said...

I want some pillow cookies! Yum!

June 29, 2010 11:50 AM
Cerise said...

Those look amazing…I know what I’ll be baking this weekend :o)

June 29, 2010 12:38 PM
Tia said...

OMG. WOW. I wish I had that recipe on Father’s Day when I made my dad some treats! THESE LOOK AMAZING!! My mouth is watering as we speak.

June 29, 2010 01:29 PM
Gina said...

My aunt makes a similar cookie, but uses mini snickers bars smooshed inside a peanut butter cookie….yum!

June 29, 2010 01:37 PM
Sandra said...

Had to try this but used Snickerdoodles instead of chocolate chip. Ditched the cinnamon coating and they are to die for. My friends are skipping lunch just so they can have a cookie!! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

June 29, 2010 02:26 PM
Tiffany said...

Those cookies are making me hungry!


June 29, 2010 02:32 PM
Suzanne said...

Just made these with my kids. I think my butter was too soft so they spread quite a bit. But, they taste great! I think next time, if I’m feeling lazy, I may just chop up the brownies into tiny pieces and stir them into the cookie batter to make it easier. I definitely made them much smaller, too. As it was they were still huge! Thanks for the fun recipe!

June 29, 2010 02:44 PM
Melissa said...

Again, you are a genius. Brownies and chocolate chip cookies together. Making these this weekend!

June 29, 2010 02:45 PM
Scott said...

These sound awesome! I was thinking of a cheaters way of doing it, perhaps, would be to use a pack of the ready-made Pillsbury brownie dough squares and a tube of chocolate chip cookie dough. The brownie dough is not as liquid as normal brownie mix and may hold together well enough to use raw and bake it all together, saving the step of making the brownies. Either way, I’m gonna make these soon!

June 29, 2010 03:07 PM
Cassie said...

I will definitely have to make these!

June 29, 2010 03:29 PM
Lena Goodwin said...

Greetings. I made these today and they totally flattened out and had a brownie lump in the middle. I have no idea what I did wrong. Chilled the batter and everything. Any suggestions?

June 29, 2010 03:37 PM
millys mini kitchen said...

wow! this looks so interesting, definately going to try!

June 29, 2010 03:52 PM
Susan said...

What a surprise to discover a brownie in the middle. Clever!

June 29, 2010 04:08 PM
Mariana said...

That is awesome!!!!!! I must try these!

June 29, 2010 04:15 PM
cy said...

maybe this is blasphemy on this website, but betty crocker has a mix to make the opposite:

June 29, 2010 04:19 PM
liz @ bon temps beignet said...

::wiping the drool off my blackberry::

I must make this!

June 29, 2010 05:41 PM
Lliz @ bon temps beignet said...

PS: I made your chocolate chip cookie pie a while back and it came out SOOOO good. I wrote about it here:

My pictures are pathetic but it came out much much prettier the second time I made it…. I think because I melted the butter instead of having it @ room temp.

June 29, 2010 05:48 PM
Raina @ The Garden of Yum said...

A brownie inside a chocolate chip cookie! Now that is just plain genius and crazy yummy:)

June 29, 2010 05:52 PM
Amanda said...

Those look amazing! I am going to have to try making these soon! :)

June 29, 2010 06:46 PM
Page said...

this is genius!! i just baked chocolate chip cookies.. definitely gonna try these!! :)thanks!

June 29, 2010 06:47 PM
Rosebud said...

HOLY COW. Can I be Cookie Monster for a minute or three?

June 29, 2010 07:25 PM
Rosebud said...

By the way……;)

June 29, 2010 07:26 PM
Ann said...

OH MY GOSH! These literally made my mouth drop!

June 29, 2010 08:24 PM
Darlene said...

mmm….gotto try these….heavenly goodness!

June 29, 2010 08:27 PM
christine said...

I actually make pillow cookies for special family events however my recipe is about 50 years old and is filled with raspberry jam!!!!!!! I’m sure my family will love ones that are chocolate filled

June 29, 2010 08:49 PM
Jamie, Mom of 3 said...

Yum! I make peanut butter cookies with that same concept. Sort of, I stuff them with milk duds. As they bake they melt into the cookie and make them nice and chewy. Huge hit with my boss.

June 29, 2010 09:32 PM
Jenny Wren's said...

Those look heavenly! Our Fresh Market makes those too. But, they didn’t call them pillow cookies and we have a choice with another filling as well.

They are divine and perfect with a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. Since, I am no longer living near a Fresh Market, you have provided me with a way to make a little taste of home! :) THANK YOU!!

June 29, 2010 09:56 PM
Tiny Kitchen Creations said...

Those look amazing!! I am new to food blogging and I am constantly looking for new delicious foods to create. I will try this recipe this weekend and report. Can’t wait! Yummmm.

June 29, 2010 09:57 PM
Karla said...

Wow!!! Not a huge chocolate chip cookie fan, but my husband is!!! Pretty sure these cookies just made it to the top of my July 4th dessert list!!!! Amazing!

June 29, 2010 10:08 PM
hillary said...

those are so yummy looking.. :)
by the way, i saw these cupcake earrings and i thought of you!

June 29, 2010 11:10 PM
GarEli said...


Deliciosas…….. GRACIAS por compartir.

June 30, 2010 12:06 AM
Alt77 said...

I’ve made a variation of these for years called ‘Chocolate Biscuits of Doom’ You take a nice firm chocolate biscuit recipe, wrap a piece of cadbury snack chocolate in each one as with the brownies and bake. They’re biscuits of doom because it’s hard to resist the temptation to keep eating until you found a pineapple, then a caramel and, okay, next a turkish delight, when I’ve found a turkish delight I’m going to stop eating…. but wait, I haven’t found an oran…. you get the picture….

June 30, 2010 12:51 AM
Twinkle said...

my gosh, these are amazing!

June 30, 2010 02:56 AM
Ellen said...

I made these today! Only with sugar cookie dough instead of chocolate chip cookie dough. The results were absolutely heavenly. The only bad points were that the brownies made a large lump in the middle of the cookie, and the top of the cookie wouldn’t fully bake! Nonetheless, these were great! Thank you for sharing!

June 30, 2010 04:10 AM
Tilde said...

Oh! These look amazingly decadent! I am going to have to try and recreate these in a Gluten-free version!!

June 30, 2010 07:32 AM
Annie said...

I used to make something similar but managed to lose my recipe. My recipe was for a peanut butter cookie on the inside and a chocolate one on the outside. Both went into the oven raw and cooked together. I might have to try to recreate that today!

June 30, 2010 09:14 AM
MelissaH from So. Fla said...

I love pillow cookies with Raspberry jam in the middle of a sugar cookie!

These, however, look heavenly :)

June 30, 2010 09:32 AM
Christina said...

We love those cookies from FM. I tried to replicate them at home too. Instead, I used the basic chocolate chip cookie dough minus the chocolate chips, rolled it into a log and refrigerated. While the cookie dough was chilling, I prepared the brownie dough on the back of the Ghiradelli Sweet Cocoa. I cut 2 slices of cookie dough and sandwiched a tsp of brownie dough in between and sealed. Rather than the cooked brownies in your recipe, I put raw brownie dough in between the layers of cookie dough.

June 30, 2010 10:54 AM
Natalie said...

I did just make these yesterday. I didnt have the mini chocolate chips and would have been better had I had them but still really good. Ginormous is an understatement. I think I will only get to eat one before hubby eats the rest!

June 30, 2010 11:19 AM
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