Perfect Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots

Have you been looking for the elusive perfect oatmeal cookie recipe?

I have the recipe you’ve been searching for – and I’m gonna share it with you!

Witness why I can’t get enough of fresh from the oven, warm oatmeal cookies, specifically: these perfect oatmeal cookies with dried apricots.

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots

Holy smokes, can I get an AMEN!

Can you smell them?

Can you taste them?

Just like your granny or your mom used to make…tastes like home, right?

If you’re a fan of regular oatmeal cookies, or oatmeal cookies with raisins, you’re gonna L-O-V-E these.

Trust, my babies.

This oatmeal cookie recipe will be the last you ever need.

Come on – take another look at ’em!

Gorgeous!

Did I mention I used dried apricots in them?

There’s not a lot of dried apricot recipes I’m willing to try – but this one is a winner!

The bottom line here is that I love cookies.

My favorite cookies are…oh, who am I kidding? I love them all.

Yet, if I was forced to pick one, it would probably be these oatmeal cookies with dried apricots.

There is something about the juxtaposition of hearty oats and zingy apricots that make it hard to stop after a few bites.

Oh, momma!

So addictive.

Doesn’t hurt that this recipe makes a truly perfect oatmeal cookie, with or without any fun added.

I usually double the batch and after eating a few, hot from the oven, I pack the rest up and store in the freezer to be enjoyed at a later date.

Otherwise, I’d be deep in a sugar coma, as I have little self-control when it comes to cookies.

Look at those delicious chunks of sunshine!

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots

What’s so special about them?

Well, take out the fact that they’re made with love…DON’T TAKE THAT OUT!…they are the perfect mix of soft, chewy, sweet and fruity.

Years ago, a friend gifted me with a bag of dried apricots.

~BLECH~

Yeah, not a fan of the fruits when dried.  Are you?

I took that bag home, trying not to be totally skeeved out, because I KNEW I’d have to make something with them (this friend was a happy recipient of many an OMT! baking experiment), so she could try the gross whatever thing I made.

~dramatic much, woman?!~

I shoved the bag into the cabinet and promptly forgot about it.

You know, until each time I went back into the cabinet and there they were, mocking me, daring me to bake with them.

Dried apricots are annoying, y’all.

FINE!

Have it your way, dried apricots!

I rummaged through my recipes, looking for ways to incorporate them into something, anything, that my friend would love.

Oatmeal cookies fit the bill.

She loved oatmeal cookies (she has since passed – BUT NOT FROM THE DRIED APRICOTS – just thought I should be clear), she loved dried apricots, so why not the two together.

Can I tell you something?

Something shocking?

A plot twist to this story, if you will?

After I baked the cookies, I dared myself to take a bite. (yeah, I’m a weirdo like that).

DO IT!

I looked at the warm oatmeal cookie filled with dried fruit, wrinkled my nose, and took a bite.

~AND ALL THE ANGELS SANG!~

I’m not even kidding.

To this day, that bite of cookie was one of the most memorable I’ve ever experienced.

These cookies were holiday worthy.

Whooooooaaaaaaaa.

Truly delicious and flavorful and addictive.

Who knew dried fruit could taste so good?!

Or be so good for you?

Marjorie, that’s who.

When I related the whole embarrassing story to her, she laughed. She said she knew I didn’t like dried apricots, but wanted me to try them again.

If it hadn’t been for that crazy woman and her faith in my absolute weakness to never pass up a warm cookie, this recipe would not exist.

Thank you, Marjorie.

I love you for your faith in me and your willingness to eat whatever I brought you.

OMT! is a busy gal, and I bet you are too, so here are a couple of tips:

TIP #1: I always throw caution to the wind and bake two giant sheets at a time.

This means that cookies may need the full 9 minutes.

Keep an eye on the first sheets you throw in and bake accordingly.

TIP #2: Of course you can use regular cinnamon and nutmeg, but these two particular ingredients, as detailed in the recipe, are the secrets to these cookies being perfect…step outside your comfort zone and try it!

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots

Happy Baking, my babies!

Let me know how you liked them.

Post updated March 11, 2019. Originally published May 23, 2016.

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Perfect Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots

Yield: 3 1/2 dozen 3-inch cookies

Homemade oatmeal cookies warm from the oven are amazing - add dried apricots to the batch and you've discovered oatmeal cookie heaven.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Siagon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 lb butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (homemade if you have some!)
  • 1 1/2 cup dried apricots - diced
  • 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled whole oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk together thoroughly flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Beat butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Combine flour mixture into butter mixture until well blended.
  5. Stir in diced apricots and oats.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls, about 3 inches apart, onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (1)
  7. Bake at 350°F for 6-9 minutes. (2)
  8. Remove cookie sheet and let stand for a minute or two until cookies are slightly firm, before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool.

Notes

1) If you've never used parchment paper, DO NOT BE AFRAID!

Go get some (handy link below) and use it, my babies. It is wonderful.

Clean up consists of wadding up the paper and tossing!

The best part though, is that the cookies bake more uniformly when you use parchment paper.

Get some; bake like a boss!

2) Purists will tell you one sheet of cookies in the oven at a time.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 21 Serving Size: 2 cookies
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 301 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 41mg Sodium: 194mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 23g Protein: 2g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
 

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Comments

  1. I never would have thought about the combo of oatmeal and apricots. But now that you mention it, it sounds delicious!

  2. oh yum!! I’ve never tried that. on my to do list!!
    elle
    southernellestyle.com

  3. Hi Patti,
    Since I had house guests last week and wanted to have a good snack or two to offer them, I finally baked a batch of these yum-o apricot-oatmeal cookies! Also, I baked some chocolate chip cookies in case they did not like the apricot-oatmeal ones, but guess what? They LOVED and PREFERRED the apricot-oatmeal cookies much better than the regular chocolotae chip ones! I went by your recipe verbatim, except bought an 8 oz. bag of the dried apricots, which ended up being about 2 cups when diced. In my oven they needed the full 9 minutes to bake. My oh my! Such a treat to our taste buds, and even my young grandson likes them because they turned out chewy not crispy. Will I bake them again? Does a cat have whiskers?!

    • Sandi! I LOVED reading this – thank you for the update.

      It seems like such a weird combo, you know, until you put them in yer mouth!

      Bonus points for the grandkiddo liking them!

  4. I forgot to tell you that for the very first time in my entire life, I used parchment paper, and agree with what you said: Easy clean-up …. just wad up the used paper and toss it away after baking. That was actually easier than eating/chewing a cookie!

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