Walnut-Filled Pillows Recipe
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Walnut-Filled Pillows Recipe

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These tender cookie pillows, filled with a delicious walnut mixture, are my husband's favorite. He says it wouldn't be Christmas without them. —Nancy Kostrej, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cold cream cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 84 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 45mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cut butter and cream cheese into flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Blend mixture together until smooth dough forms, about 3 minutes. Pat into a rectangle; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. For filling, combine the walnuts, sugar, milk and vanilla.
  2. Unwrap dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 17-1/2x10-in. rectangle; cut into 2-1/2-in. squares. Place a level teaspoonful of filling in the center of each square. Moisten edges with water; fold in half and seal with a fork. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Brush with egg.
  3. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 28 cookies.
Originally published as Walnut-Filled Pillows in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2002, p34

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nightskystar User ID: 1034705 239015
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"oh my gosh...these are now added to both my bakery menu and my Christmas cookie regulars. easy to make and SO delicious!!!"

nessienessa User ID: 4880384 54245
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"I enjoyed making these beautiful things and enjoyed it even more when I saw the look on people's faces once they took a bite. Very unique kind of cookie ;)"

glenswife User ID: 1059917 60896
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2009

"like moms' croation horns"

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