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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    Krista Lancaster — March 20, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    Sommer, these sound so great and easy! I might just whip up some of these this week!

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    Roxan — March 20, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    These look awesome! I love the surprise burst of color in the middle. What a great way to welcome spring.

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    sweetlife — March 20, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    LOVE!!! a perfect spring treat!! love the color!!

    sweetlife

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    Monet — March 20, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    Oh these look just lovely. I could use one tonight. In the midst of all this tragedy I’m facing, I find solace in these pictures…and in your words. Thank you for sharing with me..and thank you for supporting me through the good and the bad. May your week be full of laughter and love. Hold onto those you love.

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    Jenny (VintageSugarcube) — March 20, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    These are the coolest cookies I’ve seen. I love the colors and especially how you styled and shot the photos! Absoooolutely gorgeous. Kudos to you and sooo glad I found your site. It’s awesome. :)

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    Suchitra — March 21, 2011 @ 1:10 am

    gorgeous cookies- look sinfully divine!

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    April — March 21, 2011 @ 2:41 am

    These look like Great Easter cookies!!! I might make these for Iona’s pre-school class before they break for the Easter holidays!

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    Anna — March 21, 2011 @ 3:27 am

    Oh Sommer, those are the cutest cookies I have ever seen, I absolutely loved the colors, and the pictures look fantastic. Have a great week girl. :-)

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 21, 2011 @ 3:53 am

    What a nice colorful surprise inside each cookie, I love the idea!

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    Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks — March 21, 2011 @ 4:56 am

    How cute! What did you use to flavor the blue/green ones?

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    • Sommer — March 21st, 2011 @ 6:58 am

      I used blueberry preserve, but honestly the flavor wasn’t bold enough. The raspberry and lemon were much better!

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    Liz — March 21, 2011 @ 5:03 am

    Absolutely lovely! What a fun cookie~

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    5 Star Foodie — March 21, 2011 @ 6:01 am

    These look just delightful! I love the idea of “fruity” dough in a middle, nice!

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    fooddreamer — March 21, 2011 @ 6:07 am

    Although it’s officially spring, it’s not quite “here” yet in New England. No worries, it will get here slowly but surely! Love these cookies, they are adorable.

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    Belinda @zomppa — March 21, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    These are so fun!! Love the little surprise inside. =)

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    alwayshungry — March 21, 2011 @ 6:27 am

    I like the fact that the jam is mixed into the dough. It’s a different approche to a jam cookie. The colors are fun as well…Thanks for the idea!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — March 21, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    Sommer you are a food artist! What a fun pretty cookie. I love all the quotes and references to Spring renewal – I’m so ready! Very creative and the photos are delicious!

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    Erin A — March 21, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    Oh how cute these are! LOVE IT! I’m going to be full for a while after my Lasagna Bowl post today but I muuuuust make these!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — March 21, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    I LOVE these cookies, just looking at the colors makes me smile! They are just so cute and they look soooooo good. I will be adding these to my list of must make desserts! :) Thanks for the recipe.

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    Bethany — March 21, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    yum! looks delish! now, a call from an unexpected friend … WHEN can you guys skype? i’ll have you know, kayla considers ava and carson some of her BEST FRIENDS! :)

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    The Manly Housewife — March 21, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Wow these sound and look delicious….My wife will love this recipe

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    Fresh and Foodie — March 21, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    I love these! They’re so cool. Your recipes are always so fun and creative.

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    carolinaheartstrings — March 21, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    How wonderful those look. You are right, just in time for spring. Sorry our RK project did not work out this time. Maybe another time. Thanks for thinking of us!

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    Pachecopatty — March 21, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    These little cookies are so sweet and perfect for a color themed party. I love all the creative baking ideas you come up with, thanks for inspiration and your recipe. Have a great week;-)

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    Claudia — March 21, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    I do love those pretty, fruity surprises in the middle. Spring may not be here outside – but it is inside. Love the pillowy softness – it does bode all things new and spring.

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    CLAIRE — March 21, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    how cute and springy!

    there is nothing better than a little burst of fruit and color for a cookie- Love the idea… Perfect to match centers for a themed party (like a baby shower- cookies with pink centers)!

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    MaryEllen — March 21, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    These are just beautiful! Do you think these would ship well? I have a son at the Naval Academy, and I love sending him cookies. I think these would be a nice surprise!
    Thanks!

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    Dmarie — March 21, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

    this looks like just the recipe for the next time one of the grandgirls is coming over. thanks, Spicy!

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    Cherine — March 21, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    Oh, these are gorgeous cookies!!!

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    torviewtoronto — March 21, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    colourful soft cookies delicious

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    Katie@Cozydelicious — March 21, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    These cookies look so pretty and fun! I love the color.

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) — March 21, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    These look so cute and delightful! Perfect for spring!

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    Sara — March 21, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    It’s been raining a lot here…sigh…can I make these cookies to cheer me up:) Do I really need a reason to make these cookies? They look fantastic and so much fun!

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    Victoria @ Mission: Food — March 21, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    What a great technique! I tried to fill cookies with jam once and it just bubbled right through the dough, but I love the idea of mixing it with dough to make it mesh better with the dough. Gorgeous colors and happy spring to you :)

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    Priya Sreeram — March 21, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    omg, sommers this looks wow, one more of ur recipe bookmarked ! great clicks

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    Kankana — March 22, 2011 @ 12:46 am

    They looks sooo cute!! and not that tough to bake … love the colors you added and beautiful clicks as always :)

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    Lora — March 22, 2011 @ 5:00 am

    What a great cookie idea. Beautiful job. Wow.

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    Angie's Recipes — March 22, 2011 @ 5:42 am

    Those cookies look so fun and lovely!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — March 22, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    Gorgeous cookies! Just perfect for these beautiful Spring days we’re having.

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    Sprinkled With Flour — March 22, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I love the name of these cookies, and what a surprise when you bit into them! Perfect for easter:) My son would love these.

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    Emily @Cleanliness — March 22, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    This is beauty! Sheer beauty!

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    Shannon — March 22, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    These are awesome! I love them! I love that Spring is here. I’m already craving lemon and lime goodies! I can’t wait to try these!

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies — March 22, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    Raspberry and lemon would be my favorite combination. What a fantastic idea to fill the cookies in this unique way. Love it.

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    Joy — March 22, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    Those are adorable.

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    briarrose — March 22, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    What a colorful cookie…it looks delicious.

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    Kate @ Diethood.com — March 22, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    Oh my, I am so going to make these for some Easter baskets!! They are adorable!

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    Ilke — March 22, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    I love the first quote and I want now one of the pink cookies with my milk (Yes I do drink milk before I go to bed :) )

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    Stevie — March 22, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    These cookies are so beautiful! There is something wonderful about primary colors and Spring. I can’t wait for the rain to stop here and the Sun to return to my part of the world. Hope that you’re well, dry and happy, just like these delightful cookies.

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    The Farmers Wife — March 22, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    THOSE ARE AWESOME!!!! I love this idea so much that it has now inspired a new idea for these cookies! Just so adorable! Thanks!

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    shabunam — March 23, 2011 @ 2:00 am

    WOwowowo these cookies look amazing , I recently discovered your blog and just love it and would like to pass on this award , please go here for the details http://yumanddelish.blogspot.com/2011/03/fondant-handbag-cake.html

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    Katarina — March 23, 2011 @ 4:47 am

    These look great!

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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!!!
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    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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