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.

Katrina said...

I’m in love. Please come to my house.

June 30, 2010 12:15 PM
Sara Soda said...

I’m making these when I get home! I made the brownies and the cookie dough last night and everything is sitting, ready to be assembled! I can’t wait.

June 30, 2010 12:29 PM
Lauren said...

I’ve already made two batches since Monday, and my boyfriend says they are the best chocolate chip cookies he’s ever had. I am planning some new combinations. Yummmmm!

June 30, 2010 12:44 PM
Hettar7 said...

wow. i’ve never heard of or seen pillow cookies before. I mean, I’ve seen filled cookies, but not like this. I’m not a huge brownie person, but these do look good. will deffinetly have to make them some time.

June 30, 2010 12:44 PM
Sparky said...

I made these as soon as I read the recipe! YUMMY!!!!!! Mine weren’t as pretty, you could obviously see the brownie under the cookie, but they were still delicious!
Thank you so much for inspiring me to bake more! I just love your creativity!!!

June 30, 2010 02:04 PM
Diana said...

These look great! My only modification would be to cut the brownies with a circle cutter, then mold the cookie dough around that…I think it would make for a more even distribution of brownie in every bite while preserving the puffier pillow shape!

June 30, 2010 02:20 PM
heather rushing said...

OMG! i should not have looked at those… I’m on a diet and CRAVING chocolate! so yummy looking!

June 30, 2010 02:23 PM
Crazy Sweet Life said...

I’d never heard of pillow cookies until now – these look deliciously sinful. I must try them:)

June 30, 2010 03:30 PM
Jane M said...


June 30, 2010 03:36 PM
gmaples said...

I love ‘em I made some yesterday and they were just amazing:)

June 30, 2010 04:08 PM
Tamara said...

Oh my, oh my.. !! I don’t really bake, but your website really makes me want to do so! And OH I can’t wait to try some of your recipies <3!

June 30, 2010 05:16 PM
charlie said...

oh my gosh! our fresh market has the brownie version and i think a raspberry? for months i bought them as hostess gifts wherever i went. now i can bring homemade! awesome.

June 30, 2010 06:01 PM
bakingaddict said...

my oh my I’m in love too! These are possibly the best things I’ve seen in a while. Zooming to the top of my to bake list. Cant wait to try them!

June 30, 2010 06:24 PM
Erica Lea {Cooking for Seven} said...

o my. OH MY! These look scrumptiously amazing. What a glorious idea.

June 30, 2010 07:16 PM
Sandy said...

I can’t wait to try them!

They can count as my points for the entire day! ;)

June 30, 2010 07:45 PM
Kendra said...

Ok, first off I’m a huge fan! I live for cake pops!! :) secondly, I made these today. I started with the 1/2 cup of dough and 1 in brownie, but I was cooking for kids and adults, many of weight watchers. (yeah right?!) Anyway, my second pan I used 1/4 cup of dough and about 3/4 in brownie. They came out wonderful and were a big hit! The batch is already gone! Thanks for the recipe. It’s sure to be used to make my wonderful 3rd grade class a treat once school starts again!! :)

June 30, 2010 09:13 PM
Ash said...

Just made these mmmmm….so good!
My husband had 2!!
OH MY!!!

June 30, 2010 10:43 PM
Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 said...

No wayyy! I know what the girls and I are baking this weekend! What a fabulous combo! Thanks, as always, for the inspiration and great recipes! Jenn

June 30, 2010 10:46 PM
Andrea said...

Darn you Bakerella! Well, there goes my diet. Shoot! Two of my favorite things in one very bad, bad cookie. Oh I can see it now, say hello to a new size of jeans.

June 30, 2010 11:22 PM
Alix said...

I was an atheist until now! I have found a god I can believe in – YOU ARE BRILLIANT!

July 1, 2010 12:07 AM
Marissa said...

I just made these and think they are genius! I am ashamed to say, however, that I was unable to finish one because they were so big!
I love them though!

July 1, 2010 12:35 AM
Sandy said...

how about “crownies” instead of brookies? they seem very royal, like king of cookies, esp since they are so big and the combo is so supreme! gotta love a ginormous cookie!

July 1, 2010 01:36 AM
katie said...

These look great. Was looking for a costume ideas for my girls (I know Halloween is far away, but I’m a planner) and found this. I instantly thought of your blog and all the readers!

July 1, 2010 09:30 AM
Elisa said...

These will be coming along with me to the next party!!

July 1, 2010 10:05 AM
Melanie_J said...

Totally going on my MUST-MAKE list!!!! :)

July 1, 2010 11:33 AM
Basmah felemban said...

i baked it for a movie night and my friends LOVED IT
thank you so much <3

i made this first 5 almost as big as the ones you have here, but then i used a small circle cutter for the brownies and used a smaller cookie dough to cover the brownies!
so you can eat the brownies from the first bite! :D

July 1, 2010 01:29 PM
Avni said...

I so want to make those!

July 1, 2010 01:50 PM
GatesofGrace said...

So I took this idea and ran with it. I have made the brownie stuffed version which was yummy. NOW, I made the cake ball stuffed version. This was off the hook. This weekend I am making a sugar cookie with a piece of cheesecake stuffed in it version. I am going to gain 80 lbs by the time I am done with this!

July 1, 2010 01:52 PM
TotallyPinkaholic said...

OMG! Those just look like a dream!
Definetly a recipe I will try during the summer, thank you so much for sharing:)

July 1, 2010 02:04 PM
Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

SImply genius!!

July 1, 2010 03:27 PM
trisha too said...

We make these, but with peanut butter inside . . .

July 1, 2010 06:08 PM
melanie said...

OMG…never heard or seen these before, but I can barely contain myself…once again bakerella, there goes the diet, I’m making these right now!!!!

July 1, 2010 06:21 PM
Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) said...

I can’t believe these things exist!!!!! genius =D

July 1, 2010 08:21 PM
Sandy@The Mommy's Place said...

These cookies are a dream, my mom is going to throw me under the bus for making these but I can deal with that. Wow they pics looks so delicious. yummm

July 1, 2010 08:26 PM
Amy Taylor said...

My 17 year old daughter just informed me she wants cookies for Saturday night. She is hosting a volleyball game with co-swimteamers. Guess what I will be making those kiddos?!?! Can you say, “Brookies???” You ROCK!!!

July 1, 2010 11:08 PM
Sharrieboberry said...

Killer Diller! Me oh my oh! Wowee! Gotta try that one!

July 2, 2010 12:27 AM
Ella said...

OH MY GOSH! Thank-you so much for introducing me to these! I don’t know how I lived before :)

July 2, 2010 06:43 AM
Becky said...

I just made these using “Baked” brownies and cookies. I think I’ve said enough.

July 2, 2010 09:42 AM
sarah k. said...

i might just have to go make these today. yum.

July 2, 2010 11:23 AM
Baking Serendipity said...

Oh my is right! These look fantastic. I cannot wait to try them!

July 2, 2010 11:23 AM
even-star said...

no words… should have sent… POET

July 2, 2010 12:06 PM
Kakela said...

These “brookies” were so delicious i will never go back to just plain cookies:)

July 2, 2010 01:08 PM
Kristen said...

Or, conversely, CROWNIES. Which I think fits nicely. :)

July 2, 2010 01:29 PM
Caroline said...

WoW! That is really cool! Just like magic!

I’m definetly going to try this recipe!

Thanks for a great blog!

July 2, 2010 04:06 PM
einah said...

I made these tonight and they came out fantastic! I changed the size of the cookies to make more though, and came out with about 18 or so. They are DELICIOUS fresh from the oven. Warm and gooey. Mmmm…

I wish there was a healthier variation, because that is a WHOLE lotta butter! But, hey, it’s a brownie inside a cookie, what do you expect?

I would definitely suggest using whatever brownie recipe is your favorite, because the cookies are delicious and need equally delicious brownies to complement them.

Thanks for posting the recipe!

July 3, 2010 05:23 AM
Sharlene said...

I’ve never had a pillow cookie but this is an excellent time to have my first one! These look amazingly delicious!

July 3, 2010 09:49 AM
Shavaun said...

I made these for a Canada Day BBQ and they were a huge hit, I can’t believe how huge these were! I also shared the leftover brownies :)

July 3, 2010 01:18 PM
samsstuff said...

Cookies with brownies inside? I am so there!

July 3, 2010 07:35 PM
Damaris said...

I’m so glad that there are real geniuses in the world.

July 4, 2010 01:19 AM
annie said...

Good lord.

July 4, 2010 12:33 PM
carol said...

I made these for a party yesterday and they were a HUGE hit!! I made 12 instead of 10 and they were still plenty big. Great recipe!

July 4, 2010 01:41 PM
Jennifer said...

AMAZING!!!! We made these today for a 4th of July party and tested one! They are sooooooooooooo good! Thanks for your blog! You get me encouraged to get in the kitchen :)

July 4, 2010 03:17 PM
Xochitl Orozco said...

Thank you sooo much for the recipe! I made these yesterday for a cookout and they were a hit!

July 4, 2010 03:29 PM
Becky said...

Holy cow, those look SO good! Must. Try. Soon. : )

July 4, 2010 06:14 PM
Mindy said...

I MUST try these. I dont know if you’ve tried this recipe but my favorite chocolate chip cookies come from the cookbook “Big Fat Cookies” they are chocolate stuffed chocolate chip cookies. The size reminds me of these ones

July 4, 2010 07:42 PM
redraven said...

OH MY CUPCAKES, INDEED! Here at 7,000 ft. in Flagstaff, Az. my daughter and my friend entered our version of these superior cookies, (brookies). We named ours, ” Brownie n’ Me.” We changed the recipe to mint chips and semi sweets, and an espresso flavored brownie with cayenne pepper added to the brownie mix, OMC, yum to the max. The cookie dough is so gr8 to work with, even though you are putting the dough back in the fridge while you wait for these clouds of pure decadence to appear, and then dunked in our organic milk…I didn’t win, but I did enter a pie, and we won first prize, blue ribbon winners we is, and what an awesome feeling. So our batters off to your insightfullness into, “As Our Baking World Turns.” Thanx for your uniqueness, it is so refreshing to visit these sights. HAPPY SPARKLERS DAY!!!!!!!!!!

July 5, 2010 02:02 AM
redraven said...

This is an add on to my last comment. This is all new to me. I stated we didn’t win, and this is because the pie had already placed and so someone else had to take first, but the crowd wanted to buy the cookies, and they were floored by this concept, yummy in many tummies. Also I see why you used minature chips, and we should of had more brownie, but I do say it was a tremendous hit, both with the crowd, my friends, and Aspen my daughter…Thanx for the ultimate comfort food…

July 5, 2010 02:16 AM
RANA from saudi arabia said...

i tired it ,its absloutly WOOOOOOOW.
the ultimate comfort food .
thanx alot
keep the great ideas .

July 5, 2010 03:28 AM
Elizabeth said...

Hmmmmm Seems awfully similar to a post from someone else more than a year ago…..
I feel as if you even copied her exact wording for the beginning story

July 5, 2010 10:28 AM
redraven said...

Elizabeth, are you commenting to my comment? I have just started my journey on this wonderous adventure into healing the world with fun, love, and lots of cupcakes and such. Blessings, and if not, visited your site so awesomeness.

July 5, 2010 01:34 PM
Emilie said...

oh em gee! i am totally gonna make these to surprise hubby.. he will just think they are choc chip cookies than bite into them and BAM! SURPRISE! LOL!! :) ty for sharing these!! they will be a hit here fo sho :)

July 5, 2010 02:27 PM
Vera said...

I want my choco chip cookies soft, so I think this is a must try!

July 5, 2010 04:10 PM
Alice said...

These are wonderful! I love love love the chocolate chip cookie recipe you used. I used this brownie recipe:

and they are tremendous in their own right but perfect in these cookies. This made our 4th of July. Thank you!

July 5, 2010 06:04 PM
Tobi Nicholson said...

I actually made these this last weekend! IBecause of a time crunch, I used cookie mix for the cookies, They were a huge hit..I was amazed at how moist the brownie was…
The only problem is that my “pillow” was flat with a big lump in the middle…….do you think it was the cookie mix , I saw another comment with the same issue – I am dying to make them again and would love any tips!!

July 5, 2010 10:58 PM
Kaitlyn Hayhurst said...

HAHA! @Becky-I just made these tonight & I never even THOUGHT of that! Brilliant!

July 6, 2010 04:03 AM
EB said...

Love these! Made them for the fourth of july bbq, they were gone in an instant.

July 6, 2010 10:04 AM
Claire said...

Looks soooo YUMMY! Gotta try this! Btw, what does 1tbs vanilla mean? Vanilla extract or vanilla essence or….? Thanks!

July 6, 2010 10:51 AM
Tanya said...

I made these the morning she posted this and they were delish! Ridiculously huge, but you won’t hear me complaining. Can’t wait to make them again!

July 6, 2010 12:06 PM
Laufa said...

I had a version of pillow cookies in a peanut butter cookie. Very good!

July 6, 2010 01:37 PM
Azarelle in AZ said...

I stumbled on your site recently and after seeing this recipe immediately made them! They were amazing and as you said huge! My husband couldn’t help himself and ate two! Which he regretted almost immediately :) Thank you for the recipe!

July 6, 2010 05:29 PM
Christine H. said...

I made these over the weekend 2 ways- I made some w/regular brownies and some w/brownies I made w/peanut butter chips in them….both ways were great! Highly recommend trying w/peanut butter chip brownies!

July 6, 2010 05:37 PM
Amy said...

Oh my goodness…I made these today. SOOOOOO good!

July 6, 2010 06:41 PM
erin said...

holy cow those look good!!

July 6, 2010 08:15 PM
Angela said...

So I made this Brownie Pillow Cookies this weekend at my in-laws…I was really excited about it! My sister-in-law and (future sister-in-law) helped out and it was great fun! They are really delicious (even for someone like me that’s not so big on chocolate *gasp*) but the only thing I think I would change is the size of the brownies. Those cookies are HUUUGE and then the brownie part of it is just one little bitty inch. Seems to me they should be bigger, but I wonder if this would cause the cookies to cook differently?

July 7, 2010 11:54 AM
Aimee said...

These look! I wonder how they would taste with a peanut butter cookie? Delicious I’m sure. They are going on my “must bake” list!

July 7, 2010 03:26 PM
Danielle said...

those look super good

July 7, 2010 07:20 PM
Marissa said...

I made these yesterday, they are incredible!
Although I made a pan and used 1/4 cup of dough, and then 1/8 for the rest so that there would be more and I shared them with my fellow cast members of a play I’m in and they all loved them!

July 7, 2010 09:19 PM
Kirsten said...

I just made these, and they were amazing! I didn’t dare make them for our house, but sent them to my dad for his birthday….o.k., I kept a couple for tonight’s dessert! Thanks so much for the yumminess!!

July 7, 2010 09:35 PM
Kelly S. said...

I made these big beauty’s for July 4th and they were a huge hit! They are massive and soft and full of yummy delish brownie! I used the chocolate chip recipe from the back of the nestle bag and they came out just fine! I plan on selling them at an upcoming bake sale I am hosting in honor of pediatric cancer research, they are a great bake sale cookie! Thanks Bakerella!

July 8, 2010 12:49 AM
Mia said...

They look delicious… but I just made them and it was an epic fail :[ the dough was crazy sticky, tasted like straight up vanilla extract, and the brownie inside was a weird texture. I also didn’t get the gorgeous pillow effect that Bakerella got… there was just a giant lump in the middle of each cookie. :[

July 8, 2010 11:35 PM
Andrea McIntyre said...

I made something similar to this, but it was a chocolate cupcake with cookie dough in the center….Soooooo yummy!!!

July 9, 2010 03:06 PM
Brian Child said...

WOWSERS!!! these cookies look awesome!

July 11, 2010 12:14 PM
Brian Child said...


July 11, 2010 12:15 PM
Jennifer said...

I made these wonderful Pillow Cookies for my boyfriend’s birthday yesterday, and he fell in love…with the cookies!
They were amazing! Thanks for the great recipe (:

July 11, 2010 02:59 PM
Paige C said...

Man oh man. I just made these last night – INCREDIBLE! And all the leftover brownies is a big plus! :-)

July 11, 2010 03:37 PM
Sally said...

I made a batch of theese saturday night for at cake-meeting with some girls yesterday, and everybody loved them!
They are so yummy!!!
Best regards and thnx for a great blog – Sally from Denmark.

July 12, 2010 08:29 AM
Susan said...

My family and friends thought these were the best chocolate chips cookies EVER!

July 13, 2010 09:05 AM
Nykee said...

I put chocolate chip cookie dough in my cupcakes (bake lower temp slightly longer than normal to cook thoroughly), but never thought to add brownies to cookies. Sounds delicious! Can’t wait until my husband returns from his deployment so I can bake some for him!

July 13, 2010 02:41 PM
Marcie said...

I made these for the fourth of July weekend, and they were a HUGE hit. Everybody loved them! I took the tons of leftover brownie bits I had left, stuck them on pop sticks, and covered them in melted chocolate. Those were a huge hit, too! Thanks for the great recipes and ideas!

July 13, 2010 03:54 PM
Coree Terjeson said...

I am making these too (on top of the RV cake bites) for my sister in law’s bridal shower! These look soooo good! I doubled the batch and hope to get at least 20 out of them! They are cooling in the fridge as I speak! I can’t wait! thanks for the yummy in my tummy idea!

July 14, 2010 04:17 PM
Luanne said...

these are fab paired with a scoops of vanilla ice cream then drizzled with hot fudge!!! Heaven!!!

July 15, 2010 02:24 PM
Holly said...

I will be more than glad to become obese and not walk anymore if I get to eat this and everything else you make every single day!! I am OK with that!! These look delicious! I am new here but you are going on my favorites bar! Every time you make something I am going to make it too! I guess I better tell my husband to sign me up for a gym membership!

July 15, 2010 11:09 PM
Olivia said...

Oh my gosh! These cookies are incredible! I have to know how you come up with this and/or where you find these ideas. Truly inspiring! THANK YOU!

July 16, 2010 01:16 PM
The Kitchenista, Rachel Willen said...

I tried these last night with my son…he’s home on break from The Culinary Institute of America…we made scratch brownies from a Thomas Keller recipe (soooooo much butter!) and buried them inside the cookies as directed….but they spread a lot more than yours…didn’t get that puffy pillowy look that yours has. Any clues? Maybe the dough was too warm? They were delicious but looked more like a snake that swallowed a rubics cube!

July 17, 2010 10:07 AM
Carrie B. said...

Made these tonight and they were absolute hits. Taking them to a potluck tomorrow. Thanks, Bakerella!

July 17, 2010 09:08 PM
Darby said...

I made some, and they completely flattened out. I hope they’re still tasty!

July 21, 2010 12:30 AM
amber said...

Oh dear. Really, really…oh dear. I can even smell them… BTW, I love your blog. A blog about desserts. It makes me happy:).

July 23, 2010 05:14 PM
Heather Christo said...

Yum! What a great take on brownies, this one I will definitely have to try!

July 24, 2010 05:59 PM
Carmen said...

Intense!!! I will make them tomorrow!!!

July 24, 2010 10:42 PM
Stephanie said...

having just discovered your blog, I can safely say that I will cause both me and my family to gain at least 15 pounds.

July 26, 2010 03:44 PM
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