Do you set out cookies and milk for Santa? It’s a tradition I’ve seen on TV and in the movies. Did my family? Nope. I’ve always wondered if people did it for real. The only thing I’ve done with cookies during the holidays is to give them as homemade gifts. Well, I’ve done cookie swaps too. This year I’ve already started with Amaretto Apricot Oatmeal Cookies. I made them for a virtual cookie exchange party with my fellow Sunday Supper tastemakers.
Janet Keeler is the host for the cookie party. She definitely knows cookies. You can easily tell her passion for them in her Cookielicious cookbook (Amazon affiliate link). Plus she continues to share new recipes for the Sunday Supper Movement’s Cookie Jar.
I did have another failure with these cookies. The first recipe I tried produced flat, gooey disks with no hope of ever being considered a cookie. I was most sad about losing all the dried apricots in that dough. Oh well, at least I had a couple of free bags in my pantry. They were some goodies I brought home from the PMA (Produce Marketing Association) convention.
Amaretto Apricot Oatmeal Cookies have almonds in them too. They help boost the Amaretto’s subtle flavor. Plus the nuts add crunch. The cookies are classic chewy oatmeal loaded with soft bits of apricot and crunchy almonds. The flavor combo is delightful too. Oats, apricots, and almonds go magnificently together.
Do you prefer cookies without booze in them? If so, there is an easy swap. Use 1/2 teaspoon almond extract plus 2 teaspoons water instead of the 1 tablespoon of amaretto. Then just call them Almond Apricot Oatmeal Cookies or Apricot Almond Oatmeal Cookies. Or call them “Mighty Fine Cookies” or whatever. Who really cares what they are named as long as they are good?
Are you looking for holiday cookie recipes? I know where you can quickly find a list. It just so happens to be below the recipe in this post. Scroll down to see it. Each recipe is a simple click away. I know I’ll be visiting each one. I do need to scout out for more tasty cookies to bake either for the holidays or beyond.
- 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon amaretto (almond liqueur)*
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
- ¾ cup chopped dried apricots
- ½ cup finely chopped blanched almonds
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick liner.
- Beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs and amaretto and beat well.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and beat until just combined.
- Stir in oats, apricots, and almonds.
- Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
- Bake for 12 minutes, or until light golden brown.
- Cool cookies on baking sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.
Are you ready to bake homemade cookies? Get out your mixer, baking sheets, and take a look at these holiday cookie recipes:
- Adaptable Marshmallow Bar Cookies by Get the Good Stuff
- Alfajores by Curious Cuisiniere
- Amaretto Apricot Oatmeal Cookies by Magnolia Days
- Amaretto Balls by Palatable Pastime
- Brown Eyed Susans by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Chewy Gingersnaps by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate – Pear Biscotti by What Smells So Good?
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Coffee Cake Cookies by Pies and Plots
- Cowboy Cookies by Party Food and Entertaining
- Cranberry Orange Rugelach Cookies by My Imperfect Kitchen
- Dark Chocolate Mint Cake Mix Cookies by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Espresso-Ginger Sandwich Cookies by Wholistic Woman
- Espresso Snickerdoodles by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Frosted Ginger Spice Cookies by Daily Dish Recipes
- Funfetti Marshmallow Cookies by Brunch with Joy
- Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Gluten Free Hazelnut Truffle Cookies by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Gluten Free Nutella Linzer Cookies by Fearless Dining
- Green Tea Macarons with Chocolate Ganache by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Holiday Nutrolls by Delaware Girl Eats
- Kolaczki by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Lemon Thumbprint Cookies by Cookin’ Mimi
- Macadamia Nut Butter Crisps by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies by Monica’s Table
- Mudslide Cookies by Books ‘n Cooks
- Nana’s Russian Teacakes by The Crumby Cupcake
- Old Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies with Lemon Icing by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Pfeffernüsse Cookies by Feeding Big
- Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies by Caroline’s Cooking
- Pizzelles by The Freshman Cook
- Snowball Cookies by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Spiked Eggnog Cookies by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Thai-Kissed Cookies by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Tipsy Chocolate Cherry Cookies by Christmas Tree Lane
- Toffee Squares by Ruffles & Truffles
- White Chocolate Dipped Gingersnaps by Sunday Supper Movement
Plus 20 Cookie Baking Tips by Sunday Supper Movement
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