Almond Pillow Cookies

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The crispy cookie has always been my kind of cookie.  OB likes soft chewy cookies. The only cookie that we can seem to agree upon are Oreo cookies. Who doesn’t love Oreo cookies?  Except for the new watermelon flavored Oreo cookies.  I haven’t tried them, but there seems to be something inherently wrong with the idea of a watermelon flavored Oreo cookie, but I am getting off subject.

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About a year ago a Fresh Market opened by our house.  One day while getting lunch there, I stumbled upon their almond pillow cookies.  I had gone in to get a soup and wanted a cookie as a sweet end to my lunch. I love almond flavored desserts, so I decided to give this cookie a try.  That first bite changed my life.  For having been a crispy cookie lover all of my life, I was officially converted.  This tender flaky cookie with the soft almond center was revolutionary.  A heavenly cookie as soft as a pillow.  That day I went back and bought a whole box.  I became an almond cookie pusher.  Insisting that everyone I knew must try these cookies. Because they where the most amazing cookies in the world.

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Sadly though not everyone has a Fresh Market near by, so not everyone can partake in the joy of the almond pillow cookie. Until now! As an almond pillow cookie pusher, I had to find a way for everyone to try a cookie. Today I spent all day in my kitchen working up a sweat trying to decipher the code to these delectable cookies. I tested a few cookies to see if it was the right texture and to make sure I had the right cookie to filling ratio. I think I cracked the code or at least I got really close.

I started with my mantecadios recipe, which is basically and almond shortbread cookie. Then I played around with the almond paste filling. I wanted the filling to be gooey but still able to roll into a ball. I also wanted the cookies flat and smooth like they are at the store. Let me show you what I did.

To make the cookie dough and filling is really easy.  The time consuming part is shaping the cookies.  Just be sure to cream the butter and sugar before adding the remaining cookie dough ingredients.

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To make the filling you need a can or tube of almond paste, an egg yolk, almond extract and sugar.

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The almond paste is hard packed so you will need to use your fingers to break it up.

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Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and beat until well combined.

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Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out a ball of cookie dough.  Also roll a scant tablespoon (5 oz) of almond paste into a ball.

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Flatten the cookie dough evenly in the palm of your hand.

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Place the almond paste mixture in the center of the cookie dough patty.

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Fold the cooking dough about the almond paste mixture, pinching it closed on all sides.

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Gently roll the ball evenly.

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Place the cookie ball on a parchment lined sheet pan.  Using the palm of your hand gently flatten the cookie dough.

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If your A little OCD, like I am, you can use a cookie cutter to trim the fringed edges of the cookie.

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Lay all your cookies on the sheet pan.  They can be placed relatively close together since they don’t spread.

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Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Be sure to keep and eye on them as you don’t want them to brown.

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Let the cookies cool on the sheet pan and lightly dust with powdered sugar.

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It was the moment of truth.  The cookie were ready.  Would they be everything I hoped they would be?

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I am not to one to toot my own horn, but these cookies are the bomb, yo!  They pack an almond punch, with flaky shortbread edges and a soft warm center.

Make these cookies, share them with your friends and family and monuments will be erected in your honor.

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I fell in love with the almond pillow cookie all over again.  Look at that soft crumb center.  It could be yours if you choose.

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Well I have done my job and pushed almond pillow cookies out to everyone.  If you will excuse me I will be in the kitchen with a giant glass of milk and a sheet pan of cookies.


Now for a behind the scenes look at Almond Pillow Cookies.

Can I help you Girlie?

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Would you like a crumb?

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You can get it.

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Keep trying.

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Girlie eventually got the crumb and then asked me for more.

Make plenty of these cookies because everyone will ask for more.

**This post is sponsored by no one but me, myself and I.  

Almond Pillow Cookies
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 8 oz can almond paste
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream sugar and butter in a large bowl. Mix in egg yolk, milk and almond extract. Blend in the flour a little at a time, until well combined and chunky. Cover an place in refrigerator to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine all filling ingredients. Beat until well combined and the mixture comes together.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop balls of the cookie dough. Roll and flatten the balls in the palm of your hand. Take a scant tablespoon of filling (or 5 oz) roll in a ball and place in the middle of the cookie dough. Wrap the cookie dough around the filling and roll until even. Place ball on parchment lined sheet pan and press flat with the palm of your hand. If you want clean edges use a round cookie cutter to clean the edges. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  5. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on the cookies you don't want them to brown.
  6. Let cook on cookie sheet, dust with powdered sugar. Serve.


  1. says

    I just got home from Fresh Market with a bag full of these. I was going to try to decipher the recipe and then I found your blog. Yay! Trying these tomorrow. They are heavenly. Thanks. Li

  2. says

    Okay, first I have to mention that I have never had the delight of tasting almond pillow cookies, but I love marzipan; which uses almond paste. Your cookie recipe has truly inspired me to make these. What’s not to love about almond flavored cookies? I love making cookies for my family, so I am headed to the market today to buy the ingredients I need. The mixer will be fired up as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing. I am happy I found your post.
    P.S. Your doggie is a beauty.

  3. Lisa says

    I have recently become obsessed with Fresh Market’s Almond cookies! They are so delicious. I bought the last box they had in the store today and thought….I really need to figure out this recipe! Mostly because I’m concerned that they will be sold out next time I have a craving!! Being lazy, my first go to was Pinterest. I just knew someone else had to share my love for these amazing cookies. And there you were! I can’t wait to try these. Bless you for doing all the leg work!

  4. Nikki says

    I also am in love with the Almond Pillow Cookies and I just started a search for the recipe and low and behold here is the exact one I was looking for.
    And it happens that the store I got mine from is also a Fresh Market. Well they won’t be the only ones in the neighborhood to have these now.
    Thank you!…not sure if my scale will thank you though.

  5. Michele Painter says

    I’m in love with Fresh Market Almond Pillow Cookies, but it’s 35 miles one way to get them. I’ve noticed the past few times that their cookies are much thinner than when I first discovered them. Glad to find your recipe. The mixer will be busy !

  6. Stacey says

    I came upon your site after searching for “cookies made with almond paste” and wow! Your pictures, content and recipes are right up my ally. You hooked me with the pictures of Girlie stealing a crumb – smiling still. This cookie was a hit with my husband who never met an almond flavored anything he didn’t like. I normally only go for a bite of cookie (I’m a born dough eater), but I had three of these. Yes, they’re THAT good! Instead of regular flavored almond paste I used Odense brand chocolate and the cookies turned out beautifully. The paste was frozen then thawed before I used it, but that didn’t seem to affect the texture of flavor. Absolutely delicious!

  7. nikki says

    omg. i have never been to fresh market until today. i saw these cookies and was intrigued. i got back to the office, took one bite…ONE BITE OF HEAVEN! oh. my. goodness. gracious. they are divine. it was like my teeth were gliding through silken clouds and then the flavor exploded in my mouth and sending all of my senses to a taste utopia. i was telling a friend about them and didn’t feel she adequately understood the deliciousness i described…so i googled almond pillow cookies and got this page…with your post…and i sent her a picture. and then i read your post…and yes! you have perfectly described them…and you clearly understand and appreciate them the way they deserve. thank you so much. i’m going to try your recipe…because…well…it’s obvious, isn’t it? :)

  8. Francine Maiola says

    Made the cookies as you suggested but I made them with a small cookie scoop – they were
    absolutely delicious. Didn’t have trouble with the center coming out or anything else.

    Your recipe was absolutely terrific – will incorporate them in my cookie trays for Christmas
    next year..

    Do you have any other recipes for cookies?

    Love to cook.


      • Audrey says

        Thanks for the suggestions, Meseidy…..

        I gave my sister a couple of these cookies and she went nuts and has since made them herself.

        BTW, I make my own almond paste, rather than the canned…’s much more cost-effective.

  9. says

    These are also my favorite cookies, but the ones I made were so…..dry. I’m gonna try half shortening next time but what did I do wrong? I only had 12 cookies so maybe mine were too big?

  10. Heather M says

    I have to agree with your opinion of watermelon oreos. Saw those in the store and did a double take – couldn’t believe anyone would make anything so hideous.
    On the other hand your almond cookies look heavenly! Will be trying those out this week. Thanks for another fun recipe!

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