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 Recipe
5 from 3 votes

Fruity Pillow Cookies

Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
55 mins
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
Nutrition Facts
Fruity Pillow Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Potassium 43mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 4.9%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 1.6%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. 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.

  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 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.

  3. 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.)
  4. Meanwhile, roll the plain 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, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Then allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 3-5 minutes before moving.

Recipe Notes

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

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67 comments on “Fruity Pillow Cookies

  1. Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessertposted April 7, 2017 at 7:20 am Reply

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

  2. Maria Lichtyposted April 3, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

    What a clever idea, these are so cute!

  3. Maratiaposted February 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm Reply

    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.

  4. Cheese with Noodlesposted April 15, 2012 at 1:01 am Reply

    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

  5. denise @ bread expectationsposted April 7, 2011 at 8:38 am Reply

    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*

  6. steven reardenposted March 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm Reply

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

  7. A little bit of everythingposted March 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm Reply

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

  8. A Canadian Foodieposted March 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm Reply

    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.

  9. kariposted March 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm Reply

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

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

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

  11. Susiposted March 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm Reply

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

  12. Pudding Pie Laneposted March 24, 2011 at 8:06 pm Reply

    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 :)

  13. Laura @ Family Spiceposted March 24, 2011 at 8:24 am Reply

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

  14. Gwen~healthymammaposted March 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm Reply

    *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.

  15. Lora @cakeduchessposted March 23, 2011 at 8:50 am Reply

    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!

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

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