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Fruity Pillow Cookies

Fun Fruity Pillow Cookies Recipe #easterBright and festive Fruity Pillow Cookies for spring. A surprise in every bite!

Fruity Pillow Cookies Recipe
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Who doesn’t enjoy a pleasant surprise?

Clear 70 degree weather when it’s 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.

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These playful Fruity Pillow Cookies have an element of surprise that could be just the thing to lift the spirits of a friend this week!

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Enclosed in tender vanilla cookie lies a hidden layer colorful fruit filled goodness. Just like spring flowers peeping through the grass, the surprise filling peaks through the cracks on top.

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You can flavor the interior of these Fruity Pillow Cookies to your liking and color them to match any themed party.

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Fruity Pillow Cookies make charming and fun edible gift!

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

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Fruity Pillow Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Bright and festive Fruity Pillow Cookies Recipe for spring! These soft cookies are filled with colorful fruit filling for a surprise in every bite.
Servings: 24 cookies



  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, 3-5 minutes. 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 beating 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 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 plain dough, so leave it in for at least 30 minutes.)
  • Meanwhile, roll the plain dough into 1-tablespoon 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.
  • Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Then allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 3-5 minutes before moving.


NOTE: For different colors, make multiple batches. I like using raspberry jam and lemon curd the best!


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 155kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 53mg, Potassium: 43mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 245IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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69 comments on “Fruity Pillow Cookies”

  1. Recipe was very easy to follow and the cookies turned out great. I used the raspberry jam and drizzled chocolate over the cookies to compliment the raspberry flavor. I will be gifting these on Valentines Day to my family as they always look forward to homemade goods and new recipes! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I’ve made these cookies for fun with a friend as well as for my dad on Father’s Day and both times everyone has enjoyed them. As much as I love a rustic look, I confess that I enjoy adding color to my bakes, so this recipe is perfect for me. Put on some gloves before working with the dye and jam and you’ll have a (clean) blast!

  3. These are absolutely adorable Sommer!  I love the way the colors peek through – and the fruity flavor must be terrific.  How fun!

  4. What a clever idea, these are so cute!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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*

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

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

  10. 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.

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

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

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

  14. 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 :)

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

  16. *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.

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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 :) )

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

  24. What a colorful cookie…it looks delicious.

  25. Those are adorable.

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

  27. 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!

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

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

  30. This is beauty! Sheer beauty!

  31. Those cookies look so fun and lovely!

  32. What a great cookie idea. Beautiful job. Wow.

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

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

  35. 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 :)

  36. 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!

  37. These look so cute and delightful! Perfect for spring!

  38. colourful soft cookies delicious

  39. Oh, these are gorgeous cookies!!!

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

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

  42. 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!

  43. 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)!

  44. 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.

  45. 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;-)

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

  47. 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! :)

  48. 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!

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

  50. 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!

  51. 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!

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

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. Absolutely lovely! What a fun cookie~

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

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

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

  58. 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!

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

  60. 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. :-)

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

  62. gorgeous cookies- look sinfully divine!

  63. 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.

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

  65. 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. :)

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

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