Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots and White Chocolate

My mom stopped by the library today and brought the staff a surprise batch of cookies!

We found this recipe in the back cover of a Martha Stewart Living Magazine several years ago (I looked it it, it was March 2009), and it’s been a family favorite ever since. A classier take on the traditional oatmeal raisin cookie, the apricots and white chocolate give these cookies a much lighter, delicate taste. Our magazines are a great place to find recipes and you can check out back issues to bake all you want at home.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 7 ounces dried apricots, preferably California, chopped (1 1/2 cups)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, oatmeal, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Cream butter and sugars with a mixer until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add salt, vanilla, and eggs, and beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture gradually, beating until just combined. Stir in chocolate and apricots. Cover, and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.
  2. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies are golden brown around the edges but still soft in the center, 14 to 16 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.

If your interested in some of the other amazing baked goods that the amazing Ms. Stewart has to offer, try checking out Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook or Martha Stewart’s Cookies.

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