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Apricot Butter Cookies

  Dried apricots 1⁄4 Pound (3/4 Cup)
  Granulated sugar 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Dark rum 1 Tablespoon
  All purpose flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Double acting baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Unsalted butter 1 Cup (16 tbs), softened (2 Sticks)
  Firmly packed brown sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Vanilla 1 Teaspoon
  Egg 1 Large
  Confectioners sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Fresh lemon juice 2 Teaspoon

In a small saucepan combine the apricots, 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar, and 2/3 cup water, simmer the mixture for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced by half, and add the rum.
Let the mixture cool slightly and in a blender or food processor puree it.
In a bowl whisk together the flour, the baking powder, and a pinch of salt.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat together the butter, the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and the brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, beat in the vanilla and the egg, and beat the mixture until it is combined well.
Add the flour mixture and beat the dough until it is just combined.
Form the dough into a log, chill it for 1 hour, and divide it into 8 pieces.
Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, on a sheet of plastic wrap form the pieces into 8-inch ropes, wrap ping the plastic wrap around the ropes to keep the dough from sticking, and on 2 baking sheets pat the ropes into 8- by 1 1/2-inch rectangles.
Make a canal down the center of each rectangle with your finger and spread the apricot puree in the canals.
Bake the rectangles in 2 batches in the middle of a preheated 350° F. oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the edges are golden, transfer them to racks, and let them cool.
In a small bowl whisk together the confectioners' sugar, the lemon juice, and enough water to make a thick but pourable icing.
Drizzle it over the rectangles, and cut the rectangles diagonally into 1-inch strips.
The cookies keep in an airtight container for 1 week.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 4430 Calories from Fat 1679

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 191 g294%

Saturated Fat 117.6 g588.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 695.3 mg231.8%

Sodium 523.5 mg21.8%

Total Carbohydrates 638 g212.7%

Dietary Fiber 16.8 g67.1%

Sugars 383.5 g

Protein 44 g88.9%

Vitamin A 199.1% Vitamin C 9.6%

Calcium 60.8% Iron 108.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Apricot Butter Cookies Recipe