Recipes and Cooking Desserts & Baking Cookies Almond Pastry Pillows Be the first to rate & review! Jarred preserves and prepared almond paste make these Linzer-like cream cheese pastries easier than they look. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on October 27, 2022 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Carson Downing Prep Time: 40 mins Total Time: 1 hrs 50 mins Servings: 52 Yield: 52 cookies Jump to Nutrition Facts You only need six ingredients to make these bakery-style treats at home. Look for course sugar (or pearl sugar) in your grocery store to achieve the glistening finish on these holiday cookies. Feel free to swap in your favorite preserves here to incorporate the flavors you love. Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 8 oz cream cheese, softened and cut up 2 cups all purpose flour 1/4 cup strawberry, cherry, or raspberry preserves 1/4 cup almond paste 1 large egg, beaten 2 to 3 Tbsp. coarse or pearl sugar Directions In a medium bowl beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium to high until combined. Beat in flour and ¼ tsp. salt. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill until dough is easy to handle, at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Ona lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough at a time to 1/8 inch thick. Cut dough into 2-inch squares. Place half the squares 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Place a scant ¼ tsp. each preserves and almond paste in the center of each square. If you like, using a very small cookie cutter, cut out centers of remaining squares. In a small bowl whisk together beaten egg and 1 Tbsp. water. Brush edges of squares on the cookie sheets with egg mixture. Top each with a plain dough square. Using a fork, gently press edges to seal. Brush tops of pillows with egg mixture. Sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove; cool on a wire rack. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 78 Calories 5g Fat 6g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 52 Calories 77.5 % Daily Value * Total Fat 5.5g 7% Saturated Fat 3.2g 16% Cholesterol 17.4mg 6% Sodium 43.8mg 2% Total Carbohydrate 6.2g 2% Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1% Total Sugars 2g Protein 1g Vitamin D 0mcg 0% Vitamin C 0.1mg 1% Calcium 8.7mg 1% Iron 0.3mg 2% Potassium 17.9mg 0% Fatty acids, total trans 0.1g Vitamin D 0.8IU Alanine 0g Arginine 0g Ash 0.2g Aspartic acid 0.1g Caffeine 0mg Carotene, alpha 0mcg Choline, total 5.8mg Copper, Cu 0mg Cystine 0g Energy 324.4kJ Fluoride, F 0.4mcg Folate, total 10.7mcg Glutamic acid 0.2g Glycine 0g Histidine 0g Isoleucine 0g Leucine 0.1g Lysine 0g Methionine 0g Magnesium, Mg 3.1mg Manganese, Mn 0mg Niacin 0.3mg Phosphorus, P 15.9mg Pantothenic acid 0.1mg Phenylalanine 0g Phytosterols 0.2mg Proline 0.1g Retinol 44mcg Selenium, Se 2.4mcg Serine 0.1g Starch 0g Theobromine 0mg Threonine 0g Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.3mg Tryptophan 0g Tyrosine 0g Valine 0g Vitamin A, IU 162.7IU Vitamin A, RAE 44.8mcg Vitamin B-12 0mcg Vitamin B-6 0mg Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0.4mcg Water 4.9g Zinc, Zn 0.1mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.