If you'd like a larger filled cookie, place half the cutouts on a baking sheet and place 1 teaspoon filling in center. Top with another cutout and press edges to seal. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer than the crescents.—Angela Lott, Neshanic Station, New Jersey
- 1 package (6 ounces) dried apricots
- 1/2 cup walnut halves
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 3 sheets refrigerated pie pastry
- 3 tablespoons 2% milk
- 2 tablespoons coarse sugar
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 to 5 tablespoons apricot brandy
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
- Place apricots and walnut halves in a food processor; cover and process until finely chopped.
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and apricot mixture. Cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature.
- Meanwhile, on a lightly floured surface, unroll one pastry sheet. Roll out to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Spoon about 1 teaspoon apricot filling on half of each circle. Fold pastry over; seal edges. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining pastry sheets and filling. Brush cookies with milk; sprinkle with coarse sugar.
- Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- For icing, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and enough brandy to achieve desired consistency. Place chopped walnuts in another small bowl. Dip rounded edges of cookies in icing and then in walnuts. Drizzle any remaining icing over cookies if desired. Let stand until set. Yield: 40 cookies.
Originally published as Apricot-Walnut Crescent Cookies in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2011, p89
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