Friday, July 16, 2010

Pillow Cookies...and a Giveaway!

Now, if you have been reading this blog for long, you will know that chocolate is not really my thing.  But my husband LOVES it!  So, when I saw this recipe, I immediately thought of him, and how much he would love the marriage of two almost-perfect foods (for him, at least!).  Chocolate chip cookies.  Brownies.  Brownies wrapped inside chocolate chip cookies.  Yep.  He loves me.  :)  *Now, these cookies are HUGE, and I do mean really large.  :)  After eating one, my brother sarcastically asked me if they could be bigger. 


Pillow Cookies
Source:  Bakerella

1 package brownie mix, made and baked according to package directions

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 directions and let cool. Cut about ten 1 inch squares. Enjoy the remaining brownies.

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.  Make your ball pretty tight and compact, in order for them to stay a bit puffy when they bake.

(During this step, I  used 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.

Now for the Giveaway....!!!

A cookie cookbook!!  There are 2 ways you can increase your chances for winning this cookie cookbook...
  • Become a Facebook fan, and come back here and leave a comment saying you did so.
  • Leave a comment sharing what your favorite cookie is.
Only comments left on this post will be considered.  One winner will be chosen at random.  Comments need to be posted by midnight Saturday, July 17, 2010.  I will announce the winner early next week.

11 comments:

  1. Plain ol' chocolate chip will always be my favorite. :)

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  2. and you already know I'm a facebook fan. :)

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  3. I'm already a fan on fb and a well made choco. chip is my favorite.

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  4. My favorite cookie is a spicy ginger cookie, soft not snappy.

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  5. I love Snickerdoodles!!!

    Oh, and I love that the recipe gives you permission to go ahead and finish off the pan of brownies :)

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  6. My fav is choc chip. And I am already a big ol' fan! LOL

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  7. It's a toss up between Nestle Toll House bar cookies and no bake cookies....:)

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  8. The second Lisa is different than the first Lisa :)

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  9. I adore soft Banana chocolate chip! yum!

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