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Apricot and White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Apricot and White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


While looking for food blogging events to take part in I found out that it was going to be National Oatmeal Cookie day on April 30th and that Jennifer of Savor the Thyme was hosting an Oatmeal Cookie Challenge. I hardly needed an excuse to make cookies so I was in! I see oatmeal cookies as a healthier version of chocolate chip cookies and I like the texture that the rolled oats adds; quite possibly making them my favorite type of cookie. I have a huge list of of different flavour combinations of oatmeal cookies that I want to try and on the top of that was apricot and white chocolate oatmeal cookies, though dark chocolate and dried cherry oatmeal cookies were a close second.

The last time I made oatmeal cookies the oats seemed to vanish when they baked so this time I reduced the flour a bit and tripled the amount of rolled oats. The apricot and white chocolate oatmeal cookies turned out great! The cookies smelled so amazingly good while baking and even after. They were nice and moist and chewy on the inside and just slightly crispy on the edges, just the way I like them. My only complaint, and it is a minor one, was that the apricot flavour was a bit to subtle. I think that the next time I make them, and there will be a next time, I will cut the dried apricots into four pieces instead of six making each piece bigger. This time the rolled oats were a lot more visible and the texture they added to the cookies was really nice.

Apricot and White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

(makes 16+ cookies)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dried apricots (chopped)
1/2 cup white chocolate (coarsely chopped)

Directions:
1. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl.
2. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
3. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl.
4. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet.
5. Mix in the rolled oats, apricots and white chocolate.
6. Place the dough onto a cookie sheet one table spoon at a time.
7. Bake in a 350F preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.

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Cranberry, Pistachio and White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
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White Chocolate Chunk and Macadamia Nut Cookies

73 comments:

danamccauley said...

Thanks for the head's up about oatmeal cookie day - I'll be sure to have one!

BTW, i recently learned that June 1 is donut day - yippee!

Risa said...

These sound great! I am not sure why I have not thought of this cookie combination considering I have made white chocolate chip apricot scones.

Jennifer said...

Thanks you so much for submitting these Kevin AND for putting my favorite indulgence in them: white chocolate. I made my cookies today and almost put them in but opted for some mini chips and dried cranberries. Also, I almost made a mango dish today thinking about all your recent posts.

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Great combo! Can I get a dozen? LOL

unconfidential cook said...

Yum on that apricot-white chocolate combo.

redforever said...

If your oatmeal is disappearing in your recipes, try the old fashioned slow cooking oats. They are the least refined of all the oats and they really add a nice chewy texture as well as more fiber.

ana dane said...

love the photo. these look delicious, i wish i had one right now...

duodishes.com said...

Are you taking orders? You should. Cookies, cookies, cookies. We'll take them all!

Sharon said...

Send me a batch.. or two, please! =D

Poornima Nair said...

The cookies look awesome, love the ingredients in them

Helene said...

I did not know about National Oatmeal Cookie day. Thanks.

Love the one you made.

MaryBeth said...

These sound like they would be a great alternative to oatmeal raisin cookies. I love apricots!!

Christina said...

Yum! These are right up my alley!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I just made a recipe with dried apricots... I still have some leftover. What a great cookie recipe. I'm so there!

Anonymous said...

kevin, to increase the apricot flavor, add a couple tablespoons of your best apricot jam or a splash of apricot nectar. you might also try snipping up canned apricots. the jam will add a rich note to the flavor.

Amy said...

These look great. I've never tried apricots with white chocolate. I love your picture.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A glorious combo! These cookies must taste heavenly!

Cheers,

Rosa

Lisa said...

Brilliant combination of flavours. White chocolate I adore, but never thought to pair with apricot. But of course..

Sharon said...

Happy oatmeal cookie day! :) I love the combination of flavors here and your photo is awesome!!

Esi said...

These look great and so customizable. Delish!

Marie said...

Those cookies looks scrumptiously moreish Kevin! I think I would love them! Printing the recipe now!

Koruklu said...

Great recipe!!! Looks so delicious!!

Sophie said...

Kevin, these cookies look Fabulous!! Yummie!

homecooked said...

The combination sounds heavenly! The cookies look so good!

Steph said...

Your cookies always have the perfect thickness.

5 Star Foodie said...

Oatmeal cookies with white chocolate and apricot sound fabulous! Very delicious!

Leslie said...

I will take 2 dozen please!!!

Melynda said...

Apricot and white chocolate, a wonderful flavor combination. These will be on my "make" list. Thanks

ttfn300 said...

great sounding (and looking!) cookies!!

Natashya said...

What a great combination of flavours! I love oatmeal cookies the best too.

Yasmeen said...

enticing,I could devour a batch of these scrumptious cookies:)

Julie said...

I'm a big fan of the oatmeal/chocolate combo, and these look amazing!

Joanne said...

Oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorite and the white chocolate/apricot combination sounds really intriguing!

Tessa said...

This is a nice unique change from the standard oatmeal raisin! Good look in the contest :)

Marjie said...

I would vote for your oatmeal cookies! They look great!

Treehouse Chef said...

These cookies look absolutely divine! I love your blog!!!!!

Marta said...

Perfect Kevin! I was just browsing around for a cookie recipe to make tonight and I think I found it :)
I left the butter out to soften this morning, so as soon as I get home I'm making these bad boys!
Thanks!

Dawn said...

I just love your combo's! Right up my alley here. I must give these a go. thanks!

Katie said...

Wow, what a wonderful treat. Oatmeal sure tops what was on my list for today. Your pictures are incredible. Yum!

Kelly said...

Oh, I bet those were good! I make a pretty tasty cranberry oatmeal cookie, but I bet apricot is really, REALLY nice! They look beautiful!

BMK said...

Yum! Great flavor combination!

helen said...

I'm generally not a big fan of oatmeal cookies, but these look fabulous!

Glenna said...

What a great combination!!!

oneshotbeyond said...

okay you did it. You posted something I cannot resist making. I hope they are good. My favorite cookie is oatmeal. My grandma's favorite fruit is apricot. I think these are a must make for the next time I go to visit her. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hayley said...

Oatmeal cookies are my favorite, and I love how you added apricot. I'll have to try this out. Thanks for sharing!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

What a great combination!! yum

farida said...

This is a great twist on traditional oatmeal cookies. Thanks for the recipe!

Sandie said...

Isn't it strange, I'm not normally a fan of white chocolate anything, but I have to tell you...these cookies sound so appealing to me. Perhaps it's the white chocolate with the apricot & oatmeal. Who knows, but I like it :)

kamailesfood said...

These cookies sound amazing! I love cookies with fruit and white chocolate chips in them. I had a really good blueberry and white chocolate chip sugar cookie once. Mmmm.

Pam said...

What a great combination of flavors. I adore apricots, but would have never thought of putting them in oatmeal cookies.

Kevin said...

redforever: The package says old fashioned but not slow cooking. I will take a look for slow cooking ones at the grocery store.

Anonymous: Great suggestion! I will try adding the apricot jam to the next batch.

Daziano said...

I didn't know there's an oatmeal cookie day!!!

toni said...

My roommate used to make chocolate chip cookies, and I'd hear them singing their chocolate chip cookie song....kinda like a siren's song - you know? But with apricot? Dude, I think I'd fly to Canada for these!

Debbie said...

I'm not sure why I can't see your photos on the last two entries. I'd love to see what these look like. I love oatmeal. I do not know why every time I make an oatmeal cookie they fall flat. I use plenty of BK. Do you know? I have a tasty Orange Marmalade I wonder if I can improvise instead of the Apricot. I have everything else to give this ago. Let me know how to keep them from falling flat.

thank you

Kevin said...

Debbie: Can you tell me what web browser that you are using that you cannot see the images in? Thanks

I only use 1/2 teaspoon baking soda so the cookies don't really rise. I roll the dough into balls and the balls kind of melt down while baking until they are in the form seen in the photo.

Juliana said...

WOW, sound and look great. I am sure that apricot give the cookie an special flavor. Great!

Jennifer said...

These were amazing. Thanks for the recipe. :)

Jackie said...

Hi Kevin

First of all the cookies look so good. And I will be making them soon. 1. Did you use dark or light brown sugar. 2. Did you use Turkish or California Dried Apricots. 3. Can I use white chocolate chips instead of a White Chocolate Bar, does the bar have a better flavor than the chips and do the bar melt better in the cookies than the chips. 4. Is it possible to make the batter the day before I plan on baking them. Thank You.

Jackie said...

H Kevin

About adding in Apricot Jam, at what step would you add it in. Would it be mixed in with the butter and sugar or somewhere else in the recipe?

angela@spinachtiger said...

I know I would love these cookies. I have some dried apricots in my pantry needing a recipe.

Deborah said...

I'm sad I'm missing out on oatmeal cookie day! These cookies sound amazing.

Sippity Sup said...

Now that is a creative cookie, from one smart cookie! I couldn't resist the bad joke, cuz that's how the cookie crumbles...GREG

finsmom said...

I really love dried apricots, and this looks like an excellent way to use them.

Thanks for sharing! Yum!

Patricia Scarpin said...

These look so, so good, Kevin - what a nice idea to pair white chocolate and apricots!
I'll be trying these cookies, for sure - tks for sharing!

Kevin said...

Jackie:

1. Dark brown sugar.
2. Turkish dried apricots.
3. White chocolate chips should be fine. I prefer the chocolate bars because the only brand of white chocolate chips that I can find here are particularly bad in that they tend melt and disappear into whatever I bake them in.
4. Yes you can make the batter a day ahead and leave it in the fridge. (Many people claim that this is an essential step in making the perfect chocolate chip cookies.)
5. I would add the apricot jam into the wet ingredients just before mixing in the dry ingredients.

Thanks for all the great questions. I hope you enjoy them!

Bridgett said...

Yum! Can you imagine how perfect they would be with some ice cream sandwiched in between? Divine! These would go over big in my house with the white chocolate.

Not Another Omnivore said...

Those look to die for! I knew when I stole my sister's computer for long enough to come scroll through everything there would be many mouthwatering dishes!

NAOmni

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

These were fantastic! I made them last night and my family and I gobbled them up. Really.

They're already gone.

Next time I'm doubling the batch!

I altered it in that I used 1/4 c. organic cane sugar and 3/4 c. dark brown sugar. They didn't flatten out as much, but I like a soft/chewy cookie. They ended up taking about 12 min.

Thanks for the recipe!

~ Jennifer

mirtilla said...

Vorrei davvero prenderlo attraverso il video il biscotto!!!....

Jeanne said...

I am SO making these. Apricots have always been my facourite dried fruits, and paired with chocolate... well what's not to like!

nora said...

I made these twice! So GOOD! I have to say though that I like cutting the apricots very very small. The second time I used raisins instead and it was amazing. thank you for the recipe!

Roland said...

Try soaking the apricots in some apricot brandy before adding them to the cookie dough. It plumps and softens the apricots and it boosts the flavor.

Cari Snell said...

Yum! You can also buy apricot extract at your better gourmet food stores to boost the apricot flavour. These are DEFINITELY a keeper in my books!

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