These cookies are very chewy and not overly sweet. Chopped dried apricots add a surprising fruity taste and go well with the oats and almonds.

Everyday Food, November 2003


Recipe Summary

15 mins
50 mins
Makes 12


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars on medium speed until smooth; beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add oat mixture, and mix until just combined. Stir in apricots and almonds by hand.

  • Divide dough into 12 pieces, and roll into balls. Place balls 3 to 4 inches apart on baking sheets. Using your fingers, flatten balls to about a 3/4-inch thickness.

  • Bake cookies until edges begin to brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Notes

You could also try baking these cookies with other dried fruits, such as cherries, cranberries, or chopped dates. Flattening the balls of dough to an even thickness before baking allows them to spread out on the sheet.


Reviews (12)

105 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 47
  • 2 star values: 28
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 3 stars
I didn't read these comments until *after* I made these cookies, and instinctively added cinnamon when I made them. As an earlier commenter stated, this recipe definitely needs a little bit of something. Add enough cinnamon to enhance the flavor of the oats and brown sugar, but not too much that you taste the cinnamon first when you bite in. The first time I made these, I wanted to do a double batch because I had a lot of almonds and apricots. Turned out I didn't have quite enough apricots for a double batch though, so I used half apricot and half cranberry. Even if you just stick with apricot + almond, I would still add some cinnamon!
Rating: Unrated
I was surprised at how little flavor these cookies had. I toasted the almonds and also toasted the oatmeal, but once baked it was clear they could have used more of something...salt? Maybe some cinnamon, or almond extract?
Rating: 5 stars
I just made these cookies few minutes ago, and they turned out great! I used powder vanilla instead of extract, and white sugar instead of brown sugar because I didn't have any. I added some walnuts too.
Rating: Unrated
I made those cookies a couple of times and they arevery good. I use wholewheat flour instead of plain flour. They are very filling and are great to take along on long hikes (we live in the country). Next time I will try them with dried apples and add a bit of cinnamon.
Rating: Unrated
Who would want to go to this effort to produce a measly dozen cookies! I made two dozen cookies out of this recipe, cut the baking time to 15 minutes, and they are a very nice size...and they are very tasty! Nice change from oatmeal and raisin, etc.
Rating: Unrated
It never ceasses to amaze me when the daily cookie recipe appears, At least one and many tims more complain about the featured item in the recipe which today is apricots, that they use the base recipe and just add other ingredients. You know when you see the name of the cookie that it calls for apricots, cherries, craisins, etc. yet you go ahead and put chips or raisins in, etc. Please do not complain and just skip this recipe. The basic ingredients are always the same.
Rating: Unrated
Did not like the idea of dried apricots , I replaced them with chocolate chips , they came out OK .. Also ,I had to take them of the oven 5 minutes earlier.
Rating: Unrated
This thing always cuts me off. Pain in the butt. Dried cherries
Rating: Unrated
Delicious! I also toast the oatmeal. It's so much nuttier tasting. Dried cherries
Rating: Unrated
These are absolutely wonderful! My husband loves them too. They've become his favorite cooke
Rating: Unrated
A great trick is to toast the rolled oats in the oven and allow them to cool before using them. It adds a lot of extra flavour to any cookie that calls for them.
Rating: Unrated
made with chocolate chips and almonds, emma doesn't like apricots or craisins, dylan does but also would like golden raisins