Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Apricot and Nut Cookies for Click


It is time for this months and you can see loads of Cookie post popping up every were in the blogsphere.

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I must admit I don't make cookies that often, unless if I have my daughers friends comming to our place and she has been having so much school work and going for her violin lessons and concerts etc....... that she hardly have had time to ask her friends to our place.

One of her best friend who come every Tuesday after school for a hour of chit chat has not been here for few weeks, as Shyama had to go for her violin lessons, to play with the piano teacher in the music academy as she also have exams for that.
Her friend has been missing her visit here so much she asked Shyama if she can come on Thursday.
I coudn't wait till thursday for baking cookies then i would miss the deadline. As if I know If i make something It will few days for me o load the pictures to the computer.

So last sunday I made these cookies and while I finished icing them, my daughter came to the kitchen and and asked if she can decorate them. ( I wasnot planning to decorate them)

So the decoration are done by her. I left her to the decorating them and when i came back and saw the designs I told hubby i think love is in the Air after seeing her heart shaped cookies :-)

The original recipe you can get from here
This is my variation with thethings i had home.


Cookies.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure almond essence
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup almonds chopped
2 tablespoons walnuts chopped

Icing:
1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
5 to 7 tablespoons almond flavored liqueur (recommended: Amaretto)

Directions
For the Cookies: In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg. Stir in the flour until just blended. Mix in the apricots, almonds, and pine nuts.

Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap and shape into a log, about 12-inches long and 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Wrap the dough in the plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 heavy baking sheets with parchment paper.

Cut the dough log crosswise into 1/4 to 1/2 inch-thick slices. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, spacing evenly apart. Bake until the cookies are golden around the edges, about 15 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
For the Icing: Place the confectioners' sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Gradually whisk in the almond flavored liqueur, until the mixture is of drizzling consistency.

Place the wire rack over a baking sheet. Using a spoon or fork, drizzle the cookies with the icing, allowing any excess icing to drip onto the baking sheet. Allow the icing to set before serving, about 30 minutes.

69 comments:

Prathibha said...

They look really different n yummy...

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

Hi HC

I like these cookies. We finally did not go to Ostende (we heard that there was work on the E40 and therefore lots of trafic jams) - we went to Namen where there was a circus festival. We too are busy with karate, music and piano academy exams.

Suparna said...

Hi HC,
Nice clicks. The cookies look cool! nicely decorated ...liked the heart designed one :)
TC

Gattina said...

great entry for Click! Your daughter has so much talent in decoration, that heart deco is so pretty I don't think I want to bite it :D

Parita said...

Lovely cookies..love the cute decorations..fab :)

Chow and Chatter said...

wow they look fab

rachel said...

love the subtle frosting....

indosungod said...

Beautiful cookies. Love the colors of the icing.

Navita said...

Lovely!

How have you been?
Friendship is such...it pulls at the heart strings :)

Pam said...

I've never had a cookie like this before...it looks pretty and sounds really tasty.

5 Star Foodie said...

I love the icing flavor and the decorations! Gorgeous!

Rina said...

The cookies look absolutely delicious...love the almond nutty texture w/ just right hard icing on top..definetly want to bake them for kids..as I have apricots and almonds handy in my pantry..

Thanks happy.

Renuka said...

wow..i love those cookies..really yumm...

Vani said...

Love the pastel shades in the frosting. Nice pics!

Poornima Nair said...

Hey those cookies look awesome...great picture...

Yasmeen said...

With apricots and almonds,the cookies look super yum:)

Pooja said...

Cookies are looking colorful and yummy HC..Never thought of using apricot in cookies..

Cilantro said...

Its Different!!! Nice click

DEESHA said...

thatz a yummy click & i love the recipe for those cookies .. very very different

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

what a superb snap HC..Never tasted this one..but im sure it was a hit in your family.. :)

Adlak's tiny world said...

lovely decorations.. nice cookies.

Kalai said...

I love apricots! These cookies look and sound delicious!

Ivy said...

Lovely click and delicious cookies. I have to hurry and post mine as well.

Priyameena said...

Colorful Cookies...Really tempting me to taste some...

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks nice and different. Very nice click.

Pavithra said...

Thats looking so yummy and pictures too looks so good.

AnuSriram said...

Fabulous cookies.. Looks perfect and yummy! Beautiful decorations!

Anonymous said...

These look so good I want to eat the photo..Im not a baker..maybe Ill give these a try. Figtreeapps

Vrinda said...

lovely cookies and nice clicks...

meeso said...

These are so cute!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Wow, those cookies look so great! I love all the flavors together!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Awesome click HC!!! Love those mild colored cream decor on top!!! They are just perfect...

Meera said...

Never had apricot cookies before. Yum!!

Superchef said...

great looking cookies, HC!

burpandslurp said...

your daughter has a real gift of decorating cookies! these look so whimsical and fun to eat!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Pretty entry! Really looks very unique!!Decorated so very well:))

sowmya said...

they looks so pretty..

Bunny said...

They're so pretty, your daughter did a great job decorating them, I love the paste colors.!

Varsha Vipins said...

Hehe..I loved Shama's design..The cookies look soo good HC..:)

Vibaas said...

they look pretty :) nice entry!

manila houses said...

makes me feel so hungry...

Cham said...

Very pretty the deco and click!

jayasree said...

Cookies look yumm and loved the decorations. Good job by S

Ricardo said...

such nice decorated cookies they look so yummy.
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Jaya said...

Happy,
oh! these are so yum dear ...
hugs and smiles

♥Rosie♥ said...

Hi H.C. I just love these cookies and they look so colourful! Your daughter has done a great job on decorating them - she's a star in the making!

Rosie x

churningthewordmill said...

im totally into cookies these days.. will find the time to make these sometime :D

Elra said...

Such a beautiful, happy and colorful cookies. Click worthy for sure.

Laavanya said...

How pretty it looks - am sure it tastes delicious.

sree said...

Cookies are looking awesomely delicious..espicially with apricots and nuts...nice decorations

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

HC, these are beautiful. Your daughter did an excellent job of decorating. And the recipe for the apricot cookies sounds great. I've got to try them.

notyet100 said...

looks yuumy...loved the icing too

Sara said...

These look delicious! They're so pretty too, I like how you decorated them.

Soma said...

Apricot sounds really good! & very unique decoration.

"Vanilla and Thyme" said...

Your daughter did such a nice job with the decorating! These cookies look so delicious, and they remind me of my mother-in-law's Italian cookies she bakes just about every weekend. I'm going to try your recipe to compare!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, I've never had an apricot cookies, but I'd love to!

Gloria said...

So nice cookies!!!These look absolutely cute!!! xxxGloria

Nags said...

love the frosting!

Display homes said...

This is really tasty..

Kitchen Flavours said...

I want to lick that glaze right now.....looks yum....

rekhas kitchen said...

apricot and nut wow what a combination looks colorfull and delicious.

Nithya Praveen said...

Lovely mild color for icing.Your daughter definetly has a nice way of doing it.Lovely recipe:)

Roopa said...

My god, those cookies look so delectable, cant wait to get my hand on one of them :) Awesome pictures :)

Sunshinemom said...

It is so nice to have your kids showing interest in the kitchen:). She has done a wonderful job - love makes the world go round!!

Aparna said...

Love is definitely in the air, HC. I love your cookies. They're pretty. :D

Vaishali said...

Wow, Happy, I love those delicious colors in your cookies. Absolute eye candy!

bee said...

they look delicious. thank you.

Cakelaw said...

These sound absolutely delicious!!! Apricots and nuts in a cookie has to be good - will bookmark these.