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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Recipe: Apricot and Nut Cookies with Amaretto Icing

Rank: Easy

Time execution: 2 hr 49 min

Can be served for: 2 to 2 1/2 dozen cookies


  • 2/3 cup (2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 2/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 2 large egg

  • 2 2/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2/3 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped

  • 2/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

  • 2 3/4 cups confectioners sugar

  • 5 to 7 tablespoons almond flavored liqueur (recommended: Amaretto)


  1. For the Cookies: In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg. Stir in the flour until just blended. Mix in the apricots, almonds, and pine nuts.

  2. Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and shape into a log, about 23-inches long and 2 2/3-inches in diameter. Wrap the dough in the plastic and refrigerate for 3 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 3 heavy baking sheets with parchment paper.

  4. Cut the dough log crosswise into 2/4 to 2/3 inch-thick slices. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, spacing evenly apart. Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, about 25 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.

  5. For the Icing: Place the confectioners sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Gradually whisk in the almond flavored liqueur, until the mixture is of drizzling consistency.

  6. Place the wire rack over a baking sheet. Using a spoon or fork, drizzle the cookies with the icing, allowing any excess icing to drip onto the baking sheet. Allow the icing to set before serving, about 40 minutes.

Source: Apricot and Nut Cookies with Amaretto Icing

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