I believe that the true calling of apricots is to be dried, chopped, and mixed into cookie dough. I love apricots, but never so well as when they are paired with a few (or a lot) of other great flavors in a cookie. Tonight we made these "Dump" cookies--starting with my regular Oatmeal Cookie recipe, we raided the fridge, freezer, and pantry and added chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, chopped dried apricots, and flaked coconut. We almost added raisins too, but they got voted out at the last second. :( Still, the result was fabulous!
If you want to try them, here's the recipe:
1/2 cup margarine or shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup milk (whatever kind you normally use--soy, rice, etc.)
Mix these in your mixer and then add:
2 1/2 cups oat flour (or GF flour blend)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup oats
1 cup chocolate chips (mix of white and dark)
3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup coconut
Mix it up and shape it into 1 inch balls. Place the balls 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet and flatten them slightly with your palm. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Enjoy some hot, save a few in an air tight container for later, and freeze some for taking in lunches, etc.