How To Make My Dream Cookies

On Wednesday August 7, 2013 at 10:32 p.m. I fell in love. If my dream cookie could be summed up in one recipe it would be these apricot cookies. They are beyond addicting. Keep on reading for the recipe!

When these cookies do not grace the dessert table with their presence at every single family party, a wave of disappointment washes over the house like you’ve never seen before. Family feuds have arisen in the absence of these dream cookies. I decided it was my turn to whip out the ole recipe this week and treat myself to sweet apricot deliciousness.

Zesty Apricot Dreams

Yields: 4 dozen

Prep: 15 minutes

Chill: 30 minutes

Bake: 15 Minutes

 

Ingredients:

¾ C. butter

¾ C. sugar

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 egg

1 Tbs. lemon juice

1 tsp. lemon zest

½ tsp. vanilla extract

6 oz. dried apricots, chopped

2 C. plus 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour

¾ tsp. baking powder

1 jar apricot preserves (jelly)

 

Directions:

Start things off by blending the butter, sugar and cream cheese in your stand mixer. Slowly add in the egg, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and dried apricot pieces. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder well before pouring into the cream cheese mixture. Once everything is well combined, place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator or even freezer for about 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll out 1-inch balls of dough and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet being careful to leave enough room between cookie balls to allow for expansion. Press your thumb into the center of each ball to make a little cup, Fill each imprint with apricot preserves and bake for 15 minutes.

These cookies literally melt in your mouth. The cream cheese keeps them perfectly moist and gooey for days and the pieces of apricot in the actual dough make for a texture and flavor combo that is out of this world. Be careful, bring these delectable delights to any party and you will be bringing them every time.

Perfection, utter perfection.

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