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Amaretto Apricot Oatmeal Cookies for #Cookielicious

Amaretto Apricot Oatmeal Cookies are loaded with apricots and almonds. It's a fruity, nutty, and delightful treat with the goodness of oats.

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 by Magnolia Days

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?

Amaretto Apricot Oatmeal Cookies by Magnolia Days

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.

Amaretto Apricot Oatmeal Cookies by Magnolia Days

I have more apricot or holiday cookie recipes too. Take a look at No-Knead Apricot Sweet Rolls, Apricot Buttermilk Coffee Cake, Ginger Molasses Cutout Cookies, and Norwegian Almond Cookies.

Amaretto Apricot Oatmeal Cookies by Magnolia Days
4.46 from 11 votes

Amaretto Apricot Oatmeal Cookies

Amaretto Apricot Oatmeal Cookies are loaded with apricots and almonds. It's a fruity, nutty, and delightful treat with the goodness of oats.
Course Cookie
Cuisine American
Prep Time 22 minutes
Cook Time 48 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 dozen
Author Renee


  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto * almond liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped blanched almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick liner.
  2. Beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and amaretto and beat well.
  4. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and beat until just combined.
  5. Stir in oats, apricots, and almonds.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  8. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.

Recipe Notes

You can substitute 1/2 teaspoon almond extract plus 2 teaspoons water for the amaretto if desired.

Are you ready to bake homemade cookies? Get out your mixer, baking sheets, and take a look at these holiday cookie recipes:

Plus 20 Cookie Baking Tips by Sunday Supper Movement

Join us for a #Cookielicious chat at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, Dec. 1, on Twitter We will be sharing tips for cooking baking along with stories about our favorite family recipes. Follow the #Cookielicious hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great cookies recipes, check out our Cookie Jar Pinterest board.

Recipe Rating


Wednesday 16th of May 2018

Soaked apricots in 2 tbsp amaretto & 2 tbsp water, and added 1 tsp fresh amaretto and the remainder of the soaking liquid. Super good cookies! Really love them!

Sue Lau

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

So comforting and homestyle with that little bit of naughty! Love these!


Sunday 29th of November 2015

We always put out shortbreads for Santa, but for the Italians this Xmas eve I think these cookies would be a hit!

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook

Sunday 29th of November 2015

Love amaretto! Such a unique and beautiful flavor combination in these oatmeal cookies. And the color is stunning, too.

Nicole | Daily Dish Recipes

Sunday 29th of November 2015

Oh Renee, these cookies look absolutely amazing!! LOVE!! The flavors, oh yes!