Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Maria's Chocolate Apricot Cookies

You might recall a recipe I posted almost a year ago for my Aunt Lynnea's Brownie Cookies. I've made those chocolatey little treats on multiple occasions and they're always a hit. Well, she's done it again! My Aunt Lynnea emailed me before Christmas with some news that this old family recipe had won 2nd place in the Bella Vida Orchards recipe contest. When I heard this, I knew I just had to give these cookies a try, and of course, share the recipe with all of you!

To begin, you can either prepare pie crust dough for 2 double crust pies or use the pre-made dough from the store. I took the easy way out and bought my dough, although I'm sure these would be even more delicious if you were to make your own.

  • 1/2 lb. dried apricots, chopped medium fine
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped medium fine (I left these out because I'm not a huge fan of walnuts)
  • 3 tablespoons apricot jam
  • rum

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Chop the apricots and melt the chocolate chips.

Mix the apricots, chocolate, and jam. Add enough rum to thin moderately... about 2 tablespoons.

Cut the dough into 3" circles. I just used the top of a cup to cut them out.

Place 1 rounded teaspoon of filling onto each circle and fold to form a crescent. I'm pretty sure I used way too much filling and didn't seal the dough enough because most of my cookies burst open when baked but who cares? They still tasted delicious!

Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. 

Bake until lightly browned. Watch carefully to make sure the bottoms don't burn. 

Sprinkle with powdered sugar or go ahead and roll the cookies in it!

These cookies are delicious cooled but excellent warm. Enjoy!


  1. They look super yummy!
    They look like korean dumplings, mandu :)
    Thank you for sharing!!

  2. They look more like dumplings than cookies. Nevertheless I think I might have a go!

    P.S. You have lots of very recipes.

  3. Oh my god, you just made me drool :D Definitily going to try them!

  4. Whatever you choose to call them, they're delicious! :)

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  6. No. No way. You did not just do that. You did NOT just post something that is so scrumptious looking, so positively culinarily cute, SO perfectly combining chocolate and apricot, that it literally, LITERALLY makes me salivate.

    :) Haha, I love it! These look fantastic and I can't wait to try them! Also, you've just been pinned.

  7. Haha! Rebecca, you have such a way with words.

  8. Excellent pictures you have here...I love that these treats are mini! I can gobble up a lot with fewer bites. Easy to bring during potluck parties too. Great combo of flavors. Two thumbs up!

  9. These look yummy. I love how simple the recipe is!