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
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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.

Ingredients

Instructions

  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 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.
    YUM!!!
    )
    Valerie

  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.

  17. Katarinaposted March 23, 2011 at 4:47 am Reply

    These look great!

  18. shabunamposted March 23, 2011 at 2:00 am Reply

    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

  19. The Farmers Wifeposted March 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm Reply

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

  20. Stevieposted March 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm Reply

    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.

  21. Ilkeposted March 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm Reply

    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 :) )

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

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

  23. briarroseposted March 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm Reply

    What a colorful cookie…it looks delicious.

  24. Joyposted March 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Those are adorable.

  25. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted March 22, 2011 at 9:34 am Reply

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

  26. Shannonposted March 22, 2011 at 9:14 am Reply

    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!

  27. Sprinkled With Flourposted March 22, 2011 at 8:40 am Reply

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

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

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

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

    This is beauty! Sheer beauty!

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

    Those cookies look so fun and lovely!

  31. Loraposted March 22, 2011 at 5:00 am Reply

    What a great cookie idea. Beautiful job. Wow.

  32. Priya Sreeramposted March 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm Reply

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

  33. Kankanaposted March 22, 2011 at 12:46 am Reply

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

  34. Victoria @ Mission: Foodposted March 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm Reply

    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 :)

  35. Saraposted March 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm Reply

    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!

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

    These look so cute and delightful! Perfect for spring!

  37. torviewtorontoposted March 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm Reply

    colourful soft cookies delicious

  38. Cherineposted March 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm Reply

    Oh, these are gorgeous cookies!!!

  39. [email protected]posted March 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm Reply

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

  40. Dmarieposted March 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm Reply

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

  41. MaryEllenposted March 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm Reply

    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!

  42. CLAIREposted March 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm Reply

    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)!

  43. Claudiaposted March 21, 2011 at 11:17 am Reply

    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.

  44. Pachecopattyposted March 21, 2011 at 9:39 am Reply

    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;-)

  45. Fresh and Foodieposted March 21, 2011 at 8:38 am Reply

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

  46. Bethanyposted March 21, 2011 at 8:05 am Reply

    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! :)

  47. Erin Aposted March 21, 2011 at 7:24 am Reply

    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!

  48. The Manly Housewifeposted March 21, 2011 at 8:17 am Reply

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

  49. carolinaheartstringsposted March 21, 2011 at 8:43 am Reply

    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!

  50. alwayshungryposted March 21, 2011 at 6:27 am Reply

    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!

  51. Belinda @zomppaposted March 21, 2011 at 6:12 am Reply

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

  52. fooddreamerposted March 21, 2011 at 6:07 am Reply

    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.

  53. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted March 21, 2011 at 7:40 am Reply

    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.

  54. Lizposted March 21, 2011 at 5:03 am Reply

    Absolutely lovely! What a fun cookie~

  55. 5 Star Foodieposted March 21, 2011 at 6:01 am Reply

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

  56. Lauren @ L-Mo Cooksposted March 21, 2011 at 4:56 am Reply

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

    • Sommerposted March 21, 2011 at 6:58 am Reply

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

  57. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted March 21, 2011 at 6:40 am Reply

    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!

  58. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted March 21, 2011 at 3:53 am Reply

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

  59. Annaposted March 21, 2011 at 3:27 am Reply

    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. :-)

  60. Aprilposted March 21, 2011 at 2:41 am Reply

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

  61. Suchitraposted March 21, 2011 at 1:10 am Reply

    gorgeous cookies- look sinfully divine!

  62. Monetposted March 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm Reply

    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.

  63. Roxanposted March 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm Reply

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

  64. Jenny (VintageSugarcube)posted March 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm Reply

    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. :)

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

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

  66. sweetlifeposted March 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm Reply

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

    sweetlife