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Apricot cheesecake pockets

It's been a few weeks since I have felt like baking, which is unusual for me. It felt good to be in the kitchen again this past weekend, creating treats for people (and, um, myself) to enjoy. This is the last Rachael Ray cookie recipe I plan to make this Christmas season. After this, I will be moving onto some of my own creations!

I loved the idea of cream cheese and apricot jam being mixed together inside a buttery cookie. These were seriously delicious! 

In a medium bowl, whisk together:

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Using an electric mixer, beat together on medium-high speed:

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

Beat until fluffy, 1 minute. Beat in the flour mixture on low speed. Divide the dough in half and place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. Using the wrap to help, form the dough into disks and seal. Chill the dough until firm, at least 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together:

1/2 of an egg, lightly beaten

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

In a separate bowl, combine:

The other 1/2 of the beaten egg

1 teaspoon water

Chill both the cream cheese mixture and the egg wash.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Working on a floured surface, roll out each disk of dough 1/4 inch thick. Using a 4-inch round cutter, cut out the cookies and place on the prepared pans. Reroll any scraps and cut out enough cookies to total 24.

Place 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture and 1 teaspoon of apricot jam onto the center of each cookie. 

Fold each cookie in half and use a pastry brush to brush the tops with the egg wash. 

Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 16-18 minutes. Let cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk together:

1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons water

Working over the parchment, drizzle the cookies with the glaze. Sprinkle with gold sparkling sugar for decorating. Let the glaze set.

I love that these are beautiful and delicious.

And that I'm feeling up for baking again. More to come!

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (13)

These look and sound amazing! I am fanatical about anything apricot and love the idea of the cream cheese in there. Definitely printing this one out! Buzzed ya!

12.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanet@FCTC

These look heavenly! I want to dunk some in to my tea right now!

12.12.2011 | Unregistered Commentersteph

Anything with cream cheese and fruit has got to be good. These cookies are beautiful and I would love to sink my teeth into one of them right now!

12.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Oh, these look amazing!!!! Love the combo of cookie, cream cheese and apricot...a delightful treat!!!

12.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Wow these look fabulous! I love the flavor combo too. Yum!

I love how these looks so very different from the normal! Messy but messy good, messy great!

I love these! So pretty! Sometimes all you need is one good cookie recipe to want to get back in the kitchen and bake :)

12.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Ooooh! I like the idea of creamcheese and apricot too! These little cookies are so pretty!

Buzzed

12.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

Yum! Little dessert pies. I bet you could change things up and make all different flavors. I'm thinking strawberry jam or some chocolate!

I love the cream cheese & apricot combo in these cookies! Adds such a brightness to them. They sound amazing, and that first photo is perfection!

12.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

Um, I am speechless.

I must make these. Really stunning!

12.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim Bee

Oh wow, those look amazing. Your pictures are just breathtaking!

12.14.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRavieNomNoms

Suddenly I'm up for baking again too ;) The pictures are amazing, they definitely make my stomach rumble!

12.17.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

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