Orange-Fig Pillows


A cookie recipe calling for orange-scented fig filling and cinnamon-flavored dough makes these cookies burst with luscious flavors.

Orange-Fig Pillows
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Chill Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 48 mins
24 cookies


  • cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup fig preserves or jam

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded orange peel or lemon peel

  • Milk (optional)

  • Coarse white and/or colored sugar (optional)

  • Powdered sugar (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill dough about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease two large cookie sheets; set aside. For filling: In a small bowl, stir together fig preserves and orange peel.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough into a 12x8-inch rectangle. Using a fluted pastry wheel, cut around the edge of each rectangle. Using the pastry wheel, cut each rectangle into twenty-four 2-inch squares. Place half of the squares 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of the preserves in the center of each square on the cookie sheets. Top each with a second dough square. Gently press edges with the tines of a fork to seal. If desired, lightly brush tops of cookies with milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool. If desired, sprinkle tops with powdered or course sugar just before serving. Makes 24 cookies.

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