After being in the new house for a few days Shane asked that I bake for him as he missed it while living in Auckland while I wound things up in New Plymouth. Pillow cookies have been on my list for a while so I decided to give them a go and try out the oven (for baking purposes anyways, all dinners thus far have come out of the oven just as good or better than usual – YAY!), they were a success and are sure to become a household favourite – you can’t go wrong with delish chocolate chip cookies, add brownie pieces and hello heaven!
12 pieces of brownie (cut into roughly 1.5-2cm squares)
225 grams butter, room temperature
1¼ cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2¼ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
250 grams dark chocolate chips
Make your brownie and cut into 12 1.5-2cm squares, if you are one step ahead of the game use brownie you have already made and want to use the rest of… I suggest Natalie’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie, you will need less than half of it to use inside the cookies so bonus you get to enjoy that as well!
To make your cookie dough, beat your butter until it is nice and creamy (2-3 minutes)
Add brown sugar and beat until smooth.
Add eggs and vanilla and beat again ensuring everything is well combined, you may need to scrape the sides of your bowl.
Sift in flour, baking powder, soda and salt fold with your spatula before mixing on a medium to low speed.
Once your dough is starting to come together add your chocolate chips and mix well to make sure they are distributed evenly.
Cover your bowl and place it in the fridge for 45-90 minutes to chill.
Pre-heat your oven to 180°C.
Scoop 1/4 cup of dough at a time and place it on a baking tray lined with wax baking paper, only bake 6 cookies per tray to ensure there is plenty of space as these are large cookies.
Make an indentation in the middle of each cookie with your thumb and insert the brownie into this, work the surrounding dough so that it covers the top of the brownie.
Bake in your pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes (until they are a lovely golden-golden/brown) before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool.
Enjoy with a glass of cold milk!
If you want to make cookie pops like the one above all you need to do is slide a lollipop stick into middle of your cookies before baking.So simple and so cute!