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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.

Fruity Pillow Cookies

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.

Fun Fruity Pillow Cookies

Fruity 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 Fruity Pillow Cookies:

Making Fruity Pillow Cookies

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 pound of dough (a little over a 1/4 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.)

How to Make Fruity Pillow Cookies

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

How To: Fruity Pillow Cookies

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

Fruity Pillow Cookies

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 1/2 – 3/4 inch disks.

Repeat with the rest.

Easy Spring Fruity Pillow Cookies

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.

Fruity Pillow Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar + extra for pressing
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons thick jam (spreadable fruit)
  • Food coloring

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 pound of dough (a little over a 1/4 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. Meanwhile, roll the vanilla dough into 1 tablespoon sized balls. On a floured work surface, press the balls flat with the palm of your hand. Scoop 1 teaspoon 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 1/2 - 3/4 inch disks. Repeat with the rest.
  5. 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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Spring Fruity Pillow Cookies

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65 Responses to “Fruity Pillow Cookies”

  1. Krista Lancasterposted March 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm

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

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  2. Roxanposted March 20, 2011 at 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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  3. sweetlifeposted March 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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

    sweetlife

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  4. Monetposted March 20, 2011 at 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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  5. Jenny (VintageSugarcube)posted March 20, 2011 at 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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  6. Suchitraposted March 21, 2011 at 1:10 am

    gorgeous cookies- look sinfully divine!

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  7. Aprilposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  8. Annaposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  9. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted March 21, 2011 at 3:53 am

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

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  10. Lauren @ L-Mo Cooksposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  11. 5 Star Foodieposted March 21, 2011 at 6:01 am

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

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  12. Lizposted March 21, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Absolutely lovely! What a fun cookie~

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  13. fooddreamerposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  14. Belinda @zomppaposted March 21, 2011 at 6:12 am

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

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  15. alwayshungryposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  16. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  17. The Manly Housewifeposted March 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

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

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  18. Erin Aposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  19. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  20. Bethanyposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  21. Fresh and Foodieposted March 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

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

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  22. carolinaheartstringsposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  23. Pachecopattyposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  24. Claudiaposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  25. CLAIREposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  26. MaryEllenposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  27. Dmarieposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  28. Cherineposted March 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Oh, these are gorgeous cookies!!!

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  29. torviewtorontoposted March 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    colourful soft cookies delicious

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  30. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted March 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm

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

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  31. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)posted March 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    These look so cute and delightful! Perfect for spring!

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  32. Saraposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  33. Victoria @ Mission: Foodposted March 21, 2011 at 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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  34. Priya Sreeramposted March 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm

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

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  35. Kankanaposted March 22, 2011 at 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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  36. Loraposted March 22, 2011 at 5:00 am

    What a great cookie idea. Beautiful job. Wow.

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  37. Angie's Recipesposted March 22, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Those cookies look so fun and lovely!

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  38. Emily @Cleanlinessposted March 22, 2011 at 9:12 am

    This is beauty! Sheer beauty!

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  39. Lana @ Never Enough Thymeposted March 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

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

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  40. Sprinkled With Flourposted March 22, 2011 at 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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  41. Shannonposted March 22, 2011 at 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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  42. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted March 22, 2011 at 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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  43. Joyposted March 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Those are adorable.

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  44. briarroseposted March 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    What a colorful cookie…it looks delicious.

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  45. Kate @ Diethood.composted March 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

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

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  46. Ilkeposted March 22, 2011 at 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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  47. Stevieposted March 22, 2011 at 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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  48. The Farmers Wifeposted March 22, 2011 at 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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  49. shabunamposted March 23, 2011 at 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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  50. Katarinaposted March 23, 2011 at 4:47 am

    These look great!

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  51. Amy | She Wears Many Hatsposted March 23, 2011 at 6:25 am

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

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  52. Lora @cakeduchessposted March 23, 2011 at 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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  53. Gwen~healthymammaposted March 23, 2011 at 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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  54. Laura @ Family Spiceposted March 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

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

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  55. Pudding Pie Laneposted March 24, 2011 at 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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  56. Susiposted March 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm

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

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  57. Magic of Spiceposted March 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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

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  58. kariposted March 25, 2011 at 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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  59. A Canadian Foodieposted March 28, 2011 at 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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  60. A little bit of everythingposted March 30, 2011 at 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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  61. steven reardenposted March 31, 2011 at 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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  62. denise @ bread expectationsposted April 7, 2011 at 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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  63. Cheese with Noodlesposted April 15, 2012 at 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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  64. Maratiaposted February 11, 2013 at 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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