I've been in the kitchen all day. Except for the grocery store run I had to make when I realized I had run out of an ingredient I was going to need, and of course my union mandated lunch break. Other than that, the kitchen and I have been one.
I started the day with cookies. These were the boyfriends favorite cookies last year. They are SO easy- both to assemble and on the wallet! Are they healthy? Well.....they have dried fruit....? Okay, no Christmas cookie is going to be healthy- 'Tis the Season, you know!
These cookies wont actually be given away, I don't know if bf would allow that...
Last year I had drizzled them with dark chocolate which was a really nice touch, but they are still super delicious naked. The orange extract really adds a lot, if you're thinking about making these with plain old vanilla extract don't do it! The orange flavor and the apricot are best friends and your cookie will be a little sad without the orange extract, promise.
2 cups dried apricots, chopped
1 pkg sugar cookie mix (I used Krusteaz)
1 stick of butter- softened
1 teaspoon orange extract
Cream together the egg, extract & butter. Add the sugar cookie mix. Mine was pretty crumbly, I had to use my hands (lightly greased) and press it together. I rolled my cookies into 24 balls which made 2.5" cookies. Bake at 375* for about 8 mins, remove from oven, let cool on the pan for a couple mins and then transfer to a cooking rack (if you try and move them immediately they will fall apart)