Friday, October 19, 2007

Apricot Cold Dough Cookies

These are amazing when they are hot out of the oven. Make the dough and just before baking, invite friends over to eat some while they are hot out of the oven. The cookies will keep when stored in an airtight container.

Cold Dough Pastry
4 cup flours
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 large, fresh cake yeast (broken into pieces)--I haven't been able to find large cake yeast for a long time but 3 small cake yeasts equal one large or you could use 3 pkgs. dry yeast mixed with warm water, until foaming)
4 egg yolks
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup crisco
1/2 pt. sour cream
1 jar of apricot filling
Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Add yeast egg yolks, shortening and sour cream and mix using pastry blender. Divide into 3-4 sections and refrigerate until ready to use. Rool onto floured board and cut into 2 inch squares. Cut each square at corners with a slice toward the center but not all the way. Put small dollop of apricot filling in the center and then starting at one corner, fold one side of each corner to the center (will form a pin wheel). Press the dough in the center to keep in place, sprinkle with sugar and bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. (Don't use too much filling or it will spill out the edges of the cookie and burn to the cookie sheet; bake a few to judge whether you have the right amount of filling and have used the right amount of pressure to keep dough from "popping" apart.
Alternate: Instead of pinwheel shape; turn square so it is a diamond and place filling in to center. Pull corners to center;press into center. Sprinkel with sugar and bake as above.

1 comment:

  1. THANK YOU! Thank You! I have been looking for a better cold dough recipe for a long time. Mom's is pretty heavy. It has similar ingredients in slightly different proportions and omits the baking powder. Also, hers melts the butter and shortening to proof the yeast in. What a difference those few tweaks of yours make. They were so flaky. I made my own nut and apricot fillings. My daughter even tried strawberry jelly and was happy with them. Merry Christmas.