Psst- this post is in a series where I share my family’s tradition of baking seven different cookies every Christmastime. To save time and money, each cookie in this series is based on this basic vanilla cookie dough recipe.
This is my favorite cookies I made this year, and by far the trickiest (in fact, it may be one of my more fiddly recipes). I’m not going to lie- it was a little labor intensive- but totally worth the effort. The results are pretty and delicious and deeply satisfying to that sweet/salty craving we all get from time to time. Apricots and pistachios? Yes please!
Apricot-Pistachio Layer Cookies (yields 12 dozen)
1 c. ground pistachios
2/3 c. apricot jam
one batch of this vanilla cookie dough (include the baking powder this time!)
Prepare the vanilla cookie dough by following the instructions here. Shape dough into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, approximately 1 hour. Remove dough from fridge and roll out into a floured surface until about 1/8-inch thick. Cut the dough into 2×9-inch strips. Spread 2 tsp of jam onto one strip; and sprinkle with approximately 2 tbsp. Top with another strip of dough and repeat the process until you have 3-5 layers, leaving the topmost layer plain. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate again for 2 hours.
Once dough is set, remove from fridge and unwrap from plastic wrap. Using a clean, sharp knife, slice dough crosswise, approximately 1/8-inch thick. Place on a cookie sheet approximately 1/2-inch apart. Bake in an oven preheated to 350F on a parchment-lined cookie sheet until firm, approximately 12-14 minutes.
I’m counting down Christmas by sharing some of my favourite holiday cookie recipes with you! I’ll be posting a different Christmas cookie recipe every day for the next seven days so you can follow along in my family’s baking tradition, and have more cookies to add to your Christmas baking arsenal! For more inspiration, you can check out more of my baking here. For even more recipe inspiration check out my Pinterest full of food eye candy that will have you licking your computer. Promise.