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5 recipes for baked goods with an extra kick

By: Enrique Gili on Dec. 5, 2013, 12:47 p.m.
Fruit-filled cookies

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Fruit-Filled Cookies

Pairing apricots, brandy and butter works in almost all baked goods, including cookies.

Prep time: 40 minutes  

Total time: 60 minutes  

Yield: 36 cookies

Fruit-Filled Cookies


  • 6 oz. apricot preserves
  • 2 oz. brandy
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbs. lemon zest
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine preserves, sugar, and brandy and lemon zest. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat until a thick syrup forms, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, combine flour, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir, about 1 minute. Indent flour to form a shallow bowl.
  3. Combine melted butter, sugar and extract in a mixing bowl. Stir until creamy, about 1 minute. Pour ingredients into a larger bowl containing the flour. Fold until well blended and cookie dough forms, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pinch off a piece of cookie dough and roll between palm and fingers, making a cookie dough ball about 1 inch in diameter, about 10 minutes. Place balls on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Gently indent each ball with thumb and fill with apricot jam mixture. Place on center rack of oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven while still soft and allow cookies to cool.