Pillow Cookies – Cookie #3


I’m skipping the oatmeal cookie post (cookie #4 for 2011) because oatmeal, however amazing they may be are really not worthy of their own post. My husband may argue that, as he looooves them and requests them on the regular, but we all make oatmeal cookies, don’t we?

As with most genius baking ideas I come across online, I found the idea for pillow cookies over at Bakerella. She found them in the bakery of Fresh Market and this version was her reproduction. Hers are huge and way way bigger than the inspirational cookies that she ate. I went with much smaller ones, probably closer to the ones she bought, simply because my wee ones and husband will eat them and eat them, so they’ll last a little longer if they’re smaller!


First whip up a batch of brownies and cut them pretty small. I went with 1/2″ squares (ish) and Bakerella went with 1 squares. Then, as they’re cooling, make a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough (use mini chips). Do you need recipes for these elementary school baked goods?

The brownies could not be simpler; melt 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan, once it’s melted add 1 cup of sugar and stir till it’s totally dissolved. Then mix in 2 eggs, one at a time and 1 tsp of vanilla. Now dump in 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder. It’ll be pretty gloopy, but just mix it in till it’s all one gloopy mass and away you go. Pop them in for about 10-15 at 350.

The cookies are also painfully easy. Mix 1 cup butter and the 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar till creamy. Then add 2 large eggs, 1 large egg yolk, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla. Yes, a tablespoon not a teaspoon. Mix 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsps baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp baking soda. The add that to the rest of the mix. Now stir in a whole 12oz bag of mini chocolate chips. Chill the dough for about an hour.

Now, the fun begins! Make a generous ball of cookie dough. Smoosh a thumbprint into it.


Plunk a brownie into the indentation you just made. Now roll the rest of the cookie ball around the brownie, add a little more dough if you need to. Now giggle. You just hid a brownie in a cookie.


Repeat over and over. Don’t try to put more than 6 on your tray at a time (assuming it’s an average size tray) because they run together like woah.

It was really hard to wait for the kids to get home after school to try one, but I usually have the first tea time treat with them. It was painful but I waited!

I could not, however, wait to open one up and see what it looked like inside, so I sliced this one – then my husband walked by and ate it! Can you blame him?!



  1. Pamela  •  Jan 21, 2011 @11:37 am

    This is the cutest thing ever. I made choc chip cookies & brownies this week (b/c I”m pms’ing, hello, the kids may enjoy them, but they only get them once a month). And I am sprinting back in the kitchen to make these. You may turn me domestic. It’s not likely…but it is a possibility. 🙂
    Thanks, Cuteness.

    It’s all about the inspiration. At some point in the near future, I will recreate the cookie that turned me into a hopeless domestic goddess.

  2. Pamela  •  Jan 21, 2011 @11:38 am

    OH, ps, my husband will only eat oatmeal cookies if I put chocolate chips in them. But I love them. And I especially love the Mrs. Fields’ type choc chip recipe with the ground choc and ground oatmeal in the recipe.

    I am soooooooooooo PMS’ing. This is torture.

    Mmmmmm. Mrs Fields anything is delish!!

  3. gene @boutdrz  •  Jan 21, 2011 @11:47 am

    If I ate cookie or brownies, these would be awesome! So tasty looking.

    What if it was black bean brownies wrapped in macadamia nut chick pea cookies? Way to go man, now I have to try that combo.

  4. MutantSuperModel  •  Jan 21, 2011 @1:45 pm

    This is BRILLIANT!!! Will you kill me if I make these using box brownie mix and refrigerated cookie dough? =P

    I will try not to, lol. The site I got the idea from used boxed brownie mix!

  5. Pamela  •  Jan 21, 2011 @4:04 pm

    My Facebook readers want to know how long to cook them and at what temperature…I guessed…375 for 10 min…set me straight with the real time and temp?

    You’re right on! The bigger the cookie, the longer of course. 🙂

  6. Heather  •  Jan 22, 2011 @12:16 am

    Wow. I wouldn’t have even thought that was possible!!!!!!

    It’s crazy, right? Crazy and delicious!

  7. MutantSuperModel  •  Feb 1, 2011 @3:39 pm

    I made them! They looked like flying saucers and NOT pillows but were definitely delicious

    I just saw yours! They look great!!

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