Fortunately, there are a LOT of other dried fruits that I do like. Most of them, actually. Unless they're in fruitcake, but that's a whole different thing.
When my friends at Mariani asked about recipes using dried apricots, the first thing I thought about was oatmeal apricot cookies. The apricots add a nice sweet-tart chewiness to the cookies. These are a little crisp on the edges with a caramelly crunchiness on the browned edges. The centers are chewy and moist.
This recipe makes about 2-3 dozen cookies, depending on how large you make them.
Oatmeal Apricot Cookies
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dried apricots
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper for easier cleanup.
Cut the apricots in a large dice - I ended up with 6-8 pieces per apricot, and the pieces were about the size of a chocolate chip.
Cream the butter and brown sugar together in a medium bowl. Add the egg and vanilla. Beat until well-combined and smooth.
Add the flour and mix well. Stir in the oatmeal and apricots.
Use a small scoop or a spoon to portion the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving room for them to spread. (You might need a third pan, depending on how you arrange them.)
Bake at 375 until the cookies are browned at the edges and no longer look wet on top - about 12 minutes for smaller cookies 15 min for larger ones. About halfway through baking, turn the pans around front-to-back, and swap the upper pan for the lower one, for more even baking.
Let them cool a minute or two on the pans, then let them cool completely on a rack.
This post is sponsored by Mariani.