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Apricot-Filled Sandwich Cookies

 Apricot-Filled Sandwich Cookies
I bake these delightful cookies every year for Christmas and when I share a tray of my homemade treats with the faculty at school, these are always the first to disappear! I've even had requests to make them for wedding receptions.—Deb Lyon, Bangor, Pennsylvania
48 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch +cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups dried apricots
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon shortening
  • 4 teaspoons confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar
  • until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine flour and walnuts;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Shape into 1-1/2-in.-thick logs. Cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in.
  • apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown. Cool completely

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Apricot-Filled Sandwich Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • on pans on wire racks.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine apricots and water. Bring to
  • a boil. Cook and stir 10 minutes or until apricots are tender. Drain
  • and cool to room temperature.
  • In a blender or food processor, combine the sugar, cinnamon and
  • apricots. Cover and process until smooth. Spread over bottoms of
  • half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.
  • For topping, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth.
  • Drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
  • Yield: 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 122 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.