maybe it is that i had ravioli for dinner three days last week. maybe it is that i am italian. maybe the folks that published this recipe don’t know the difference between what a pillow looks like in comparison to what ravioli look like. whatever the reason, these pillow cookies look a lot more like ravioli to me than they do pillows.
the original recipe was for orange-fig filling, but that did not sound nearly as appealing to me as orange-raspberry. unfortunately, it was not until about 4pm today when i went to bake that i found that i had no oranges. (my keyword search powered brain is singing “yes, we have no bananas”). i would have gone back out to the store, but i had lemons and those are delicious with raspberry as well!
i think i ended up using a lot more filling than was called for, nearly doubling it actually, and i am glad i did! i will chalk it up to raspberry being better in larger portions than figs, or other people maybe not liking fruit filling as much as i do, but i think that 1/4 cup was nowhere near enough.i made another pretty major modification to the recipe– i drastically cut down on the butter. the original recipe called for 2/3 cup butter, which in my opinion was too much for a recipe that only yields 24 cookies. again, i am glad i made the modification that i did. sure, they would have been more moist and rich in flavor, but there is plenty of time for butter cookies as the holidays approach, and i think that they have more than enough flavor with the filling. i will note that this made the dough more dry, so after it came out of the fridge it needed a few minutes and some playing to soften up. after that though, it was easy to work with.
i think these came out delicious, and are relatively healthy…all-around a great snack! if i had not already had my daily ice cream, i would have had some blood orange sorbet or vanilla ice cream as “sauce” for my ravioli. i must say posing these with a fork reminded me of the seinfeld episode where everyone was eating candy bars with a fork and knife, and m&ms with a spoon. while these are certainly intended to be eaten by hand, feel free to class them up with a fork [o:
Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens:
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