Cranberry Pillow Cookies
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5 from 1 vote

Cranberry Pillow Cookies Stuffed with Maple Cream Cheese

These cranberry pillow cookies were universally loved by everyone I served them to, even those who typically prefer crunchy cookies.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry pillow cookies, cream cheese stuffed cookies, maple cream cheese
Servings: 12 fairly large pillow cookies
Calories: 218


Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce

Maple Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup


Cookie Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the butter for several minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the brown sugar and the cranberry sauce.
  • Mix in the flour mixture a little bit at a time until just combined.
  • Form into a log that's about 6 inches long and 1 1/2 inches tall.
  • Wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate overnight.

Assembly and Baking Instructions

  • When you are ready to bake, prepare the filling by thoroughly mixing the cream cheese and maple syrup.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Using a sharp knife, slice chilled cookie dough into 1/4 inch discs.
  • Place half the slices on parchment-lined cookie sheets at least 2 inches apart (they grow a lot in the oven). If the dough splits at all during this process, just push it back together. It's no big deal.
  • Place 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of filling in the center of each disc on the cookie sheets.
  • Top with remaining discs and press around the edge of each disc to join the halves together. Don't worry if the top cookie cracks a little bit; it will look fine after it bakes.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool on wire racks.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 69mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.8mg