2/3 cup diced dried apricots

1/2 cup brandy

1/3 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 large egg yolks

1 large egg

1/2 cup creme fraiche

2 1/2 cups unbleached white flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

sanding sugar

In a small saucepan bring diced apricots and brandy just to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer stirring occasionally until liquid is gone (8-10) minutes. Let cool

In mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until combined about 2 minutes. Beat in egg yolks and egg. Add creme fraiche, beat until combined.

In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture gradually until combined. Gently stir in apricots. Dough is sticky. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Make 1 1/2 inch balls, then roll each in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.

Bake cookies 10-12 minutes but do not brown. Let cool 5 minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely.

​Makes 24.

These are the cookies we served the night of Luninations. Many of you asked for the recipe.

Apricot Cookies

This loaf was popular during our Christmas Sale weekend. It's easy to make!

2 ½ cups sugar

1 ½ cups whole milk

1 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons orange zest

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

Orange Cardamom Loaves

Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour 2 (8X4 inch) loaf pans.

In a large bowl, beat sugar, milk, oil, eggs, zest, vanilla and cardamom with a mixer at medium speed until well combined. IN a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating until smooth. Divide batter between prepared pans.

 Bake for 30 minutes. Loosely cover with foil and bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes more. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes.

Remove loaves from pans, and let cool completely on a wire rack. Drizzle Orange Glaze over cooled loaves. 

Orange Glaze:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/2  teaspoon orange zest

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients until smooth.  

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