Cranberry-Apricot Chocolate Chews

This is the very last cookie in my never-ending Christmas cookie adventure. Hooray!

I’ve saved the best one for last. After few successes and a whole bunch of failures, I decided to make this recipe. And oh boy do they taste fantastic! Designed to use whole wheat flour and chock full of dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate, this cookie disappeared quickly. I only managed to grab a small handful of them for one of the cookie tins. If I wasn’t on this strict diet I would make these ones again in a heartbeat.

Cranberry-Apricot Chocolate Chews

Cranberry-Apricot Chocolate Chews

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A tale of two (apricot) cookies

Another post about the cookies I baked this past Christmas. This picture is of my first attempt at making a cookie with dried apricots. I saw this recipe and it looked easy and simple, so I figured why not? The cookies ended up spreading into thin discs and sticking very badly to the tin foil. The taste was not bad but much sweeter than I expected. They stuck so well to the tin foil that, after trying to peel some off without the cookie breaking, I gave up and tossed the whole thing out. I’m not even going to bother posting the recipe, because it failed so well.

Apricot cookie fail

Apricot cookie fail

My next attempt at an apricot cookie was a gluten-free apricot almond cookie recipe that I found through some Google searching. This is an unusual tasting cookie. Crunchy on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside, they’re just slightly sweet. I had more than one person ask me if there was coconut in the cookie, but it was actually the texture of the ground almond flour. The original recipe calls them butter cookies, but they aren’t very buttery tasting. Rather, they taste more like large macaroons. I think the cookie was made more unique by the shapes I baked them in as well. Dropping the cookies gave them a rough and rustic look, while pressing down the mounds just gave them a vaguely round shape that didn’t seem to crisp as well as the dropped version. I made a few changes to the recipe based on comments on the original recipe web page, mainly adding more almond flour, adding more apricots and reducing the amount of sugar.

Flourless apricot almond cookies - success!

Flourless apricot almond cookies - success!

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