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Apricot Cookies Recipe with Dark Chocolate

Combine sweet fruit with crunchy almonds and rich dark chocolate – you have the perfect, decadent apricot cookies for year-round indulging!

Dark Chocolate Apricot Cookies Recipe

I have so many favorite fruits and vegetables in season in the summer I sometimes feel pressure to make sure I make and eat all of the recipes I can with them. Watermelon! Avocados! Strawberries!

Along with those wonderful treats, I love apricots. I think they are so cute growing on their little trees, and I love making all sorts of recipes with them, like the apricot cookies I am sharing today.

Apricot Cookie Recipe

The great thing about this easy cookie recipe is that it is made with dried apricots, so you can make them year round once you preserve your summer crop.

Combine sweet fruit with crunchy almonds and rich dark chocolate – you have the perfect, decadent dried fruit cookies for year-round indulging!

How to Dry Apricots

Apricots are ripe in late summer. If you’d like to make this recipe (or any other with dried apricots), you can pick/purchase them fresh and dry them yourself. It’s a pretty big savings as dried apricots are very expensive, at least around here.

You can either dry them in the oven or use a dehydrator. In either case, you’re going to rinse your apricots to wash away dirt and then slice in half and remove the pits.

You’re going to turn each half inside out, putting your thumbs in the center on the outside and pushing. You want the most flesh possible exposed to the air.

If you want to dry your apricots in the oven, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the halves on the sheet with the flesh face up.

Dark Chocolate Apricot Cookies with Almonds ingredients

Preheat your oven to its lowest setting (you want to be 200 degrees or lower). You’ll dry them for about 10 – 12 hours, checking them halfway through to see how they are doing.

Turn them at the halfway mark to ensure even drying. If you dry at a higher temp, just be sure to check them more often.

A dehydrator is another way to dry apricots. This is my preferred method – I have a dehydrator and I can’t tell you how much I love it! You’ll still remove the pits and turn the apricots inside out.

Then you’ll place them on the dehydrating racks and refer to your manual for the drying time (every dehydrator is different).

Are you ready to use your dried fruit? Here’s how you make this easy cookie recipe!

Dark Chocolate Apricot Cookies with Almonds

Apricot Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 package (12 oz) dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients, except dark chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  3. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  5. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips are melted. Dip each cookie halfway into melted chocolate, letting excess drip off.
  6. Place on waxed paper and let stand until chocolate is set, at least 2 hours. To quickly set chocolate, refrigerate cookies 15 minutes. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.
Dark Chocolate Apricot Easy Cookie Recipe
Apricot cookies - dipping a cookie in dark chocolate

Is there anything better than dipping things in chocolate? Cookies, fruit, your hands? Nope, nothing better than that.

Apricot cookie recipe dipped in chocolate

Didn’t my apricot cookies turn out gorgeous? I love how the apricot and almonds peek out and the contrast of the chocolate on the cookie just adds to the decadence once you take a bite. This mix of flavors is perfect and so moist, crunchy, chewy and delicious!

Yield: 36 cookies

Apricot Cookies Recipe

Dark Chocolate Apricot Cookies Recipe

Combine sweet fruit with crunchy almonds and rich dark chocolate - you have the perfect, decadent apricot cookies for year-round indulging! Makes 3 dozen.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg(s)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup dried apricots, (chopped)
  • 12 oz dark chocolate chips, (1 package)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients, except dark chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  3. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  5. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips are melted. Dip each cookie halfway into melted chocolate, letting excess drip off.
  6. Place on waxed paper and let stand until chocolate is set, at least 2 hours. To quickly set chocolate, refrigerate cookies 15 minutes. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

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Dark Chocolate Apricot Cookies with a glass of milk

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Jenny

Friday 15th of July 2016

Bookmarked! These look delish!