This past weekend felt like the start of the holiday season for me. We decorated a tree, wrapped presents and baked a whole slew of cookies. This recipe is a longtime family favorite. In fact, some of my cousins baked these cookies this weekend too! If you find they make your holiday special, send a quick thought of thanks to my family for sharing the recipe! This will make 12 dozen cookies.
You will need:
- 1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 5 c all-purpose flour
- 3 egg yolks
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 6 oz dried apricots, roughly chopped
- 1 c sugar
- Powdered sugar
Then you will…
- In a large bowl or a stand mixer, crumb together the butter and flour (like pie crust dough).
- Add the yolks and cream cheese to the butter mixture. Mix well.
- Form into 18 small balls and chill for an hour. (Note: these will be roughly the size plums/tangerines).
- Put the apricots in a small saucepan and cover with water. Simmer for 25 minutes.
- Drain off the water and mix in the sugar until it is dissolved. Cool.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll each ball on powdered sugar into a 12″ circle and into eight pie-shaped wedges.
- Put approximately 1/4 teaspoon of the apricot mixture near the top at the center of the wide end of the wedge.
- Begin at the top of the wedge and roll to the point, being sure to wrap the dough as completely around the apricot as possible.
- Put point down on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool 2 minutes.
- Roll in powdered sugar and cool completely. (Note: I chose to roll in powdered sugar before baking, which results in the sugar being absorbed into the cookie. Try it both ways and see what you like best!).