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Chocolate Almond Pillow Cookies

These almond pillow cookies are stuffed with almond paste and chocolate in the center! A perfect Almond Christmas Cookie!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pillow cookies
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 3 dozen
Calories 140 kcal


Chocolate Almond Filling


  • 1/2 cup butter softened slightly
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • sliced almonds for decoration


Chocolate Almond Filling

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, blend all filling ingredients until incorporated. Place in fridge until ready to use.

Cookie Dough

  1. In the mixing bowl, add in the butter and shortening. Using a paddle attachment on medium speed, mix until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add granulated sugar and the brown sugar. Mix on medium until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the almond extract and one egg at a time. Once both eggs are incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix on low until the flour starts to combine with the wet mixture. Scraping down the sides as you go. Turn speed to medium to thoroughly combine.
  5. Chill for 1 hour before using.

Assembly + Baking

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Scoop up about 1/2 T of dough and roll into a ball. Repeat this with all dough and set aside.
  4. Scoop about 1/2 tsp of filling and roll into a ball. Repeat this with all dough and set aside.
  5. After all the dough is prepped, make a well in the center of the dough using your thumb, add a small filling ball into the middle.
  6. Stretch and press the sides up over the top of the filling ball until covered. Roll to a smooth ball.
  7. Gently press in sliced almonds for decoration.
  8. Place on baking sheet leaving 1 to 2 inches between each cookie.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Almond Pillow Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 140
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.