Fruity Pillow Cookies

It’s here, it’s here! Spring is here!  Tiny green shoots are bursting forth from the barren soil and delicate buds reach longingly toward the sun. Life feels different in spring. Light. Hopeful. Full of promise and surprises.

Who doesn’t enjoy a pleasant surprise? Clear 70 degree weather when it was supposed to rain.  An unexpected package in the mailbox. A call from an old beloved friend. Even the smallest unforeseen blessings can make my day.

These playful cookies have an element of surprise that could be just the thing to lift the spirits of a friend this week! Enclosed in tender vanilla cookie lies a hidden layer of fruit filled goodness. Just like spring flowers peeping through the grass, the surprise filling peaks through the cracks on top.  You can flavor the interior to your liking and color them to match any themed party.

Pillow cookies make charming and FUN edible gift!

An optimist is the human personification of spring. ~Susan J. Bissonette

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. ~Harriet Ann Jacobs

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. ~Virgil A. Kraft

To Prepare:

Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy and smooth. Scrape the bowl and add the egg and vanilla. Beat again until smooth.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Slowly add the dry mixture into the butter mixture. Scrape the bowl and beat until just mixed through.

Measure out 1/2 lb. of dough (a little over a ¼ of the batch) into a separate bowl. Refrigerate the larger amount. Add the thick (not runny) fruit jam to the smaller amount of dough. Add a few drops of food coloring. Mix until the color is distributed evenly. Place the “fruity” mixture in the fridge to chill. (It’s much more important for THIS dough to be cold than the vanilla dough, so leave it in for at least 30 minutes.)

Meanwhile, roll the vanilla dough into 1 Tb. sized balls. On a floured work surface, press the balls flat with the palm of your hand. Scoop 1 tsp. of fruity dough on top of each circle.

Pinch up the sides of the circle until the filling is completely enclosed.

Flip the balls over, so that the pinched sides are down. Dip the bottom of a drinking glass in sugar and gently press the balls down to ½ – ¾ inch disks.

Repeat with the rest.

Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Then allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 3-5 minutes before moving.

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Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Fruity Pillow Cookies

Ingredients:

2 12/ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

½ lb. (2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar + extra for pressing

1 egg

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tb. thick jam (“spreadable fruit”)

Food coloring

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy and smooth. Scrape the bowl and add the egg and vanilla. Beat again until smooth.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the dry mixture into the butter mixture. Scrape the bowl and beat until just mixed through.

Measure out ½ lb. of dough (a little over a ¼ of the batch) into a separate bowl. Refrigerate the larger amount. Add the thick (not runny) fruit jam to the smaller amount of dough. Add a few drops of food coloring. Mix until the color is distributed evenly.

Place the “fruity” mixture in the fridge to chill. (It’s much more important for THIS dough to be cold than the vanilla dough, so leave it in for at least 30 minutes.)

Meanwhile, roll the vanilla dough into 1 Tb. sized balls. On a floured work surface, press the balls flat with the palm of your hand. Scoop 1 tsp. of fruity mixture on top of each circle. Pinch up the sides of the circle until the filling is completely enclosed. Flip the balls over, so that the pinched sides are down. Dip the bottom of a drinking glass in sugar and gently press the balls down to ½ - ¾ inch disks.

Repeat with the rest.

Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Then allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 3-5 minutes before moving. * I like using raspberry jam and lemon curd the best!

 


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65 Responses to “Fruity Pillow Cookies”

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    Amy | She Wears Many Hats — March 23, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    How fun are these? My kids would enjoy making different kinds of these.

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    Lora @cakeduchess — March 23, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Hi Sommer-LOVE these pillow cookies. My son was hanging by me when I opened the post and he said, “we make these mommy??”. And yes, I believe we will very soon. Delicious!

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    Gwen~healthymamma — March 23, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    *squeels in delight!
    These are so fun!
    I can’t wait to make them for my kids. I’ll make a double batch and share them.

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    Laura @ Family Spice — March 24, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    These look like a lot of fun! Can’t wait to try them out!

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    Pudding Pie Lane — March 24, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    These look amazing! I love the colours, I think I shall make it for my little cousins birthday party this weekend. Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Susi — March 24, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Sommer, I love the concept of these fun cookies! My kids would go nuts over them :o)

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    Magic of Spice — March 25, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Happy Spring! These are so wonderful, love the fruity center :)

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    kari — March 25, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    These are extra cute! I can see them being a big hit at a bridal or baby shower!

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    A Canadian Foodie — March 28, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    OH, HOW incredibly pretty! My students would LOVE to make these. It is not too often that I come across a cookie recipe I have not seen before, and this is definitely a FIRST for me here. I am thrilled. Great tutorial.
    YUM!!!
    )
    Valerie

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    A little bit of everything — March 30, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

    despite the cold weather outside your cookies scream Spring and sun.
    So colorful, no kid could resit them
    thanks for sharing Sommer

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    steven rearden — March 31, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    I haven’t tried the fruity pillow cookies but they sound great!
    I used to have a big cookie book with101 recipes.

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    denise @ bread expectations — April 7, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    I can barely open my eyes – it’s nearly bedtime, but I just HAD to check these babies out! They are adorable and look completely irressistable. Bad news for me though – I’m on a diet *pffft*

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    Cheese with Noodles — April 15, 2012 @ 1:01 am

    YUM! What cool looking cookies. They sound delicious too, so nice that the jam doesn’t make the cookies soggy but adds flavor. Thanks to the other commenters, I’m thinking of making these with lemon extract in the dough (1 t vanilla and 1 t lemon more specifically), then raspberry jam. Mmmm. Too bad I just made cookies yesterday. They’re almost gone but that’s probably even more reason not to make cookies again so soon :D

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    Maratia — February 11, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    Hello, my sister sent this to me and asked me to make them for her birthday. However, I do not see how much flour to use, Am I missing it above? Thanks.

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