These cookies have a great tart and sweet taste. These are not just a Christmas cookie, but they get asked for every year! You can substitute cranberry sauce for apricot preserve, or try doing half apricot and half cranberry, yum!
Brought over from Poland by my great-grandmother, these little fruit-filled cookies are traditional for the Jewish holiday Purim where they are put in gift baskets and given to all one's friends. We always make extra so there are some left over for us, they are the best! (The filling can be anything, for a shortcut, you can substitute any flavor of jam, but this is the original filling.)
French Vanilla Slices are called 'Mille-feuilles' and are made with puff pastry sandwiched together with jam, cream, or confectioners' custard. They can be dusted with confectioners' sugar or iced with a glaze icing. For coffee-flavored custard, omit the vanilla, and add strong coffee essence to taste just before use. For orange-flavored custard, infuse the zest of an orange in the milk.
I was searching to make the perfect citrus-y cranberry shortbread cookie, but it always felt like something was missing. So on a final attempt, when I didn't have enough dried cranberries to make a full recipe, I threw in some dried apricots and bam! That was it! They add the perfect backdrop flavor to these shortbread cookies!
Slightly buttery and crunchy with great oat flavor. Apricots and the slightly citrusy and peppery ginger are meant to be together! These bars are a great way to transform fruits and oats into something every kid, big and small, will devour!
Chunky and chewy cookies...a delicious mouthful! Almond extract may be used in place of amaretto. In dough use 1/2 tsp almond extract and 2 tsp of water in place of the amaretto. In icing use 1/4 tsp almond extract and enough water to get the correct consistency in place of the amaretto.
Another one of my dad's dee-licious dessert concoctions! An easy shortbread crust with cheesecake-like batter, topped with a tangy apricot spread. I call this recipe "bars," my dad calls it "pie," neither is really correct. But, for lack of a better description, I'll have to stick with what we've got...