Recipe: Brownie Pillow Cookies

Pillow Cookies Your eyes are not deceiving you. That's a big chunk of brownie in the middle of that cookie. I recently read this recipe posted by the one and only Bakerella and HAD to try it immediately. I mean, cookies and brownies in one? You had me at hello, Bakerella. You had me at hello. The cookies are decadent and huge and perfect for the fickle treat lover who can't make up her mind if she loves cookies or brownies best. (Cookies! No, brownies! No, cookies!) Here is Bakerella's recipe, plus a few of my tips. Try this today and make your life complete.

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.

Mrs. Fields Tips: Slightly undercook your brownies; they will continue baking inside the cookie. If you don't have mini chocolate chips on hand (as I didn't), simply chop up regular ones into smaller pieces. And finally, immediately give at least half of these cookies away. You won't be able to trust yourself alone with more than a few of them. They will overpower you.

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