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.

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460 comments on “Pillow Cookies”

  1. Ohhh dear, these look incredible!! My boyfriend will love these.

  2. Whaaaaaaaat??? That’s insane!! But in such a good way! I would have NEVER thought of it. Genius! I’m gonna try it.

  3. That looks good. I love your recipes.=)

  4. YUM! Oh yeah, gotta try these ones.

  5. I have never ever heard of these, but now I have wondered how such an amazing thing has escaped me!

  6. Another recipe to add to my to-bake list! Love the idea of putting brownies in cookies.

  7. I do this all the time only I put bite size snickers in the middle. They are delicious! I’ve tried with the mini peanut butter cups but its not as good as snickers. I may just try the brownies. My hubby would be in heaven.

  8. Whoa, hello heaven!

  9. Yum-yum… Those look pretty good!

  10. Oh man. I really, really wish I didn’t have gestational diabetes, or I’d be making these like, now. Even though it’s 11 PM.

  11. how come nobody ever thought of this? i might be so moved to add these to what i promised for my sister’s engagement get-together. 3 of my faves side by side : brownies, blondies, brookies :D

  12. Duh-Ang.

    These will be the next cookies I made. Sadly (ha) I just made a huge batch of cookies tonight………

  13. Oh my goodness. They look so dreamy! What a genius idea!

  14. Making these asap!

  15. Do you think it would be possible to use cookie mix for the cookie part? These look absolutely delectable, by the way!

  16. My two favorite flavors all together, oh what can I say. I think I’m in LOVE!

  17. YUM! This is just what I needed to pick me up on a long Monday afternoon – I now officially have the munchies! Can’t wait to get baking on the weekend x

  18. yes for brookies! i actually tried it last time and i liked it.. this one i think, will be another winner.. yum!

  19. omg.. want. right. now.

  20. these look great!

  21. OMG. Think I will be making these in the near future. For sure.

  22. so, how big is big? Diameter? Can you eat more than one? ;)

    They look great!

  23. these look ridiculously delicious–i’m going to try to make these goodies sometime in the next week :) thanks for the recipe!

  24. Wow! I love brownie infused goods, like brownie mosaic cheesecake! Can’t wait to try these out!

  25. Making these tomorrow!!!!!!!!!! They look AMAZING!!!

  26. Wow! Those are amazing and definitely going to the top of my list.

  27. I can’t wait to make these! I’m so very excited! I’ve made brownie/cookie bars, but these take it to the next level! I just made a million (at least it felt like it.. 13 hours in the kitchen yesterday) cupcakes (mint mojito, chai latte, and strawberry nutella cupcakes to be exact) for a baby shower, and we still have a few leftovers. But my guess is that I will be trying this out… this weekend? Yep this weekend

  28. I am definitely making these. Nom.

  29. If there was a bed with these for pillows, I think I’d just sleep all day.

  30. yummmmmmyyyy. I want this pillow…. will it take away my spondolitis?? I think it would definitely.

  31. I’d like to lay my head on these pillows now. :)

  32. Uuuu, I haven’t even tried to make these yet but my wheels are already turning…what about different combinations, like blondies in the middle and a peanut butter cookie on the outside, or a peanut butter cookie on the outside with a brownie in the middle or…oR….OR….I gotta make me some of these!!

  33. yum yum yum !

  34. I really don’t know how to keep my waistline where its supposed to be if you keep posting goodies such as these! I’m SO gonna try them out this weekend!

  35. Wow, I just love these! It makes me hungry :) I think I’ll make these for me and my collegues. They keep ask me when I make them something jummy, this is jummy enough i suppose =D

  36. They look as big as your hand in those final shots! These look so yummy. Going to have to give them a try.!!

  37. Oh, a question: for how many cookies is this recipe? I couldn’t find it :)

  38. Looks amazing! Wow!

  39. I have to take something fro a bake sale and this is perfect for it :)!!!!!

  40. I’ve heard of stuffing peanut butter cookies with chunks of your favorite candy bar or peanut butter cups… but chocolate chip cookie dough with a brownie? that’s genius!

  41. Whoa! Those look like ginormous pillows of delish! Insert mouth watering gaze here. Brookies…love it!

  42. I am definitely going to try those. Yummy!!

  43. Mouth watering goodness!!!!

  44. I love it when you get a surprise in the middle:)

  45. Oh awesomeness! Those are my kind of pillows!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipes, I can’t wait to try them out.

  46. These sound incredibly fabulous!

  47. The fresh market here puts an almond mixture in the middle of the pillow cookies similar to marzipan, but not quite as dense. It is divine.

  48. Oh wow these look amazingly good, i love the term brookies hehe, i think i may have to try these. Brownies & cookies together sounds like heaven!

  49. These are to die for!!!

  50. I’ve made these before and even as awkward as mine looked (giant lump in the middle thanks to an oversized brownie) I actually thought they tasted BETTER than Fresh Market’s version.
    And these ARE giant! But we all know that bigger means better. :)

  51. Holy moly! I’m glad my family is not up to look at these yet otherwise, I’d have to be already be in the fridge taking out the eggs! Thank you, again, sweet Bakerella for wonderful inspiration, thank you for sharing your passion and of course, for being you!!

  52. Oh my gosh, what an excellent concept! I’m very tempted to try them, but I’m afriad I would eat them all…

  53. MUST try these!!! How many cookies does this recipe make though?? Would like to make for a 4th of July get-together I am having and need to know if I need to make several batches. Thanks!!

  54. I should have stopped scrolling after the 2nd picture when I realized what was about to happen! I might be skipping my next weight watchers weigh in!

  55. These look amazing!!! And I was going to try to be good this week ;)

  56. Is DROOL an appropriate comment? These look absolutely amazing. I don’t think I’ll be satisfied making regular cookies again!

  57. Wowza! I bet those are so scrumptious!

  58. Yay! You took the two things I make the most around here – chocolate chip cookies and brownies – and combined them. Well, your recipe did. Thanks for sharing. They look delicious.

  59. OMG! Those look just heavenly! Thanks for sharing that, it will surely be my next baked item!

  60. I have never heard of this type of cookie before, but they look and sound absolutey amazing! Brownies and cookies all rolled into one…YUM!

  61. For the love of Jesus… I’m making tonight!!!

  62. Wow! These are amazing! I can’t wait to try these. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

  63. I am always a fan of cross-breeding desserts! yummy!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

  64. Oh.My.Word. These look amazing!

  65. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

  66. Wow! Who would’ve thunk to put a brownie in a cookie? The second best ‘invention’ ever.
    Beautiful job!

  67. I saw a recipe for pillow cookies with marshmallows in the middle just last night, and almost made them, except 1) I didn’t have any white mini-marshmallows (just the multicolor ones) and 2) I didn’t have time to freeze the marshmallows beforehand. But I am definitely going to try it soon. They were chocolate cookies with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows…but wouldn’t it be amazing if you could figure out how to add graham crackers to it and make smores cookies? Yum!

    These look fantastic, though, and actually just the chocolate chip cookie part looks amazing. I’m always on the lookout for “the best” chocolate chip cookie. I am definitely going to try them! Thanks!

  68. I was SO happy to see this post!!! I too have been smitten by those Fresh Market Pillow cookies and have spent much time searching for recipes and imagining how you would create them. So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  69. Oh. My. Oh oh my. We must – yes – I think we must make these. Excuse me while I turn on my oven…oh my my my. My heart is racing with delight.

  70. Hello Cookies! I’ll be testing this recipe out soon! Thanks!

  71. Those look deeelicious!! I can’t wait to experiment with the recipe trying different flavors of cookie dough. Thanks for sharing!!

  72. Wholly Crow! I didn’t think the Chocolate Chip Cookie (or the brownie) could get any better – but then I saw this. *Drool* Getting a large glass of milk and a “Brookie” right now!

  73. OH MY! YUM! I’d love one right now!

  74. WOW! I’m tempted to call in sick at work, and get started on these now! LOL!

  75. Those do sound awesome! And almost nothing is better than a HUGE cookie. I’ll bet you could freeze the little squares of brownie and they’d squish down into the cookie better.

  76. Oh, Bakerella, oh man! Those look SOOOO good! THANKS for sharing, this is a definite keeper recipe!

  77. OH MY GOODNESS!! These look as spectacular as spectacular can be. Must. make. now.

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  78. I love those cookies from Fresh Market. Can’t wait to try to make these myself.

  79. Wow!! Looks good. Double the chocolate fun!!

  80. These look wonderful!

  81. Seriously – a little bit of heaven right there!

  82. O…M…G…. ! Divine – I am going to have to try those mmmm!

  83. Hey Bakerella!

    These look wonderful and I think they’re just what the doctor ordered. My boyfriend’s currently in the hospital, so I’m going to start on a batch right now and bring them to him later today.
    One question though: is it essential that the semi-sweet chips be mini?

  84. Ri. Di. Cu. Lous.
    In the best possible way.
    Making them today!

  85. I am so making these to bring camping this weekend. It’s PERFECT for a lunch on the boat while we go fishing. Who says you gotta bring peanut butter sandwiches?!

  86. Yes, yes, yes!!! These look amazing!!!! OMG I’m now craving brownies like you wouldn’t believe!!! Thanks for sharing these!

  87. oh man oh man, I now know what I can bake to break in my new oven… YUM!!!

  88. i can not wait to make these.

  89. Oh my ,
    I think I will make these some time this week .
    They look so good !!!

  90. Oh My. I shuddered when I saw the brownie inside, thinking, this really exists? I have to make these.

  91. Yummy, my kids and I are drooling!

  92. You are so bad for my diet.

  93. Holy Crow ! My two very best fav’s combined in one ! TERRIFIC ! ! ! ! !

  94. Can I say I love you! I have had pillow cookies at Fresh Market and I wonder how to make the yumminess at home. I had searched the web and could not believe there was no recipe for the cookie. Thank you for the recipe!

  95. Those look absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!! Will have to try them SOON!!! :)

  96. two words
    OH MY heavens!
    OOPS that was three words

  97. and I just made a batch of brownies last night.. hmmm I might just have to try a few of these.. they look amazing.

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