Apricot-Tarragon Cocktail Cookies
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS
- SERVINGS: Makes about 5 dozen cookies
"I don't know where I got the idea to add tarragon to these apricot cookies," says Dorie Greenspan. "But when I tried it, I thought, That's the way it's supposed to be." To prevent the apricots from burning or drying out too quickly, use the freshest, plumpest dried fruit you can find.
- 1/2 cup dried Turkish apricots, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped tarragon leaves
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a small bowl, cover the apricots with hot water and let stand for 10 minutes, until they are plump. Transfer the apricots to paper towels to drain.
- In another small bowl, rub the tarragon leaves into the sugar until they are moist and aromatic. In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter with the tarragon sugar at low speed until creamy. Beat in the egg yolk until just combined, about 1 minute. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and beat until smooth. Add the salt and flour and beat until just incorporated. Using a large spatula, fold in the apricots.
- Turn the cookie dough out onto a work surface and knead until it just comes together. Divide the dough in half and press each half into a disk. Roll out each disk between 2 sheets of wax paper to about 1/4 inch thick. Slide the wax paper–covered disks onto a baking sheet and freeze for at least 1 hour, until very firm.
- Preheat the oven to 350° and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with one piece of cookie dough at a time, peel off the top sheet of wax paper. Using a 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, stamp out the cookies as close together as possible. Arrange the cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake the cookies for about 20 minutes, until they are lightly golden; shift the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 3 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
The rolled-out frozen cookie dough can be wrapped in plastic and kept frozen for 2 weeks. The baked cookies can be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Bright, fruity white wine: 2010 Left Foot Charley Pinot Blanc.
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