Monday, December 11, 2006
Virtual Cookie Exchange!
Thanks to Jenn for organizing this virtual cookie exchange. Fabulous idea!
Here is my absolute favorite cookie recipe. Apricot Spirals. What I love about them are the contrast in textures - the cookie itself is really soft and crumbles in your mouth; that is set off really well by the chewiness of the apricots. YUM! (Note, the original recipe was in cups, I translated into ounces and grams as that's how I prefer measuring ingredients)
2/3c finely chopped dried apricots
1/2c water (4 oz, 125mL)
1/3c brown sugar (3 oz, 80g)
3/4c butter, softened (6 oz, 170g)
1c sugar (7 oz, 200g)
1 tsp baking powder
2 1/4c flour (9.5 oz, 275g)
Simmer apricots in water for 15 min then add brown sugar and lightly mash. Put in the freezer to cool while you prepare the dough.
Beat butter for 30 seconds (use either hand mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment). Add sugar and baking powder, beat until combined. Beat in egg. Beat in flour.
Roll dough between two sheets of plastic wrap (it is very sticky, this is the only way to roll it) to a 16x12 rectangle. Remove top layer of plastic wrap and spread cooled apricot filling almost all the way to the edges. Roll from the long side, using the bottom piece of plastic wrap to form a tight roll. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours until dough is hard. Cut into 1/4in slices. Bake for 9-11 min at 375.