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Apricot-Filled Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Apricot-Filled Sandwich Cookies Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and 1 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. In another bowl, combine flour and walnuts; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • 2. Shape into 1-1/2-in.-thick logs. Cut crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until bottoms begin to brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool completely on pans on wire racks.
  • 3. Meanwhile, for filling, combine apricots and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir until apricots are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain; cool to room temperature. Pulse 1/4 cup granulated sugar, cinnamon and apricots in a blender or food processor until smooth. Spread over bottoms of half of the cookies; cover with remaining cookies.
  • 4. For topping, melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich cookie: 119 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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