5 Ingredients or Fewer

Little Apricot Confections

December  4, 2009
0 Ratings
  • Serves 60 or more
Author Notes

These little cookies were first given to my mother as a holiday gift back in the late 1960's. She and I loved them so much, and once we got the recipe from her friend David's mother, Mom and I made these together. A very intense apricot flavor and tart and sweet all at the same time. Insanely easy and so not your usual holiday cookie. —MrsWheelbarrow

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup (scant) sweetened, condensed milk
  • 1 cup (approximately) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pear, or other fruit, liqueur (optional)
  1. Grind the apricots in a food processor.
  2. Combine apricots, coconut and condensed milk in the processor. When well combined, pulse in the liqueur and turn out the dough on a plate.
  3. Using a very small scoop, or two teaspoons, make small mounds of the dough on a parchment lined sheet pan. You want the finished candy to be one little bite, so keep the pieces small.
  4. Dust your hands well with powdered sugar and pick up each little mound and roll it into a ball, then drop into the bowl of powdered sugar. Roll the candy around in your powdered sugar coated hands until it's white and completely covered.
  5. I pack these for giving in tiny candy cups. They store for two weeks in a covered container, with the layers separated by wax paper. They absorb some of the coating over time, but can be refreshed by rerolling in more powdered sugar.

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9 Reviews

Sharon B. November 11, 2011
I have saved this recipe...it looks great. Thinking about asking the ladies at church if they want to do a cookie exchange this year and this would be a great addition. Thanks!
MrsWheelbarrow November 11, 2011
I hope you all like them. We love them around here!
lasalle28 November 1, 2011
I made these for Halloween to see if I would include in my Christmas cookie collection, not only did I get great feedback from my eager testers, but everyone wanted the recipe!! I toasted my coconut because that is how I like it, but I will make these for years to come!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Sugartoast December 16, 2009
Do you prefer sweetened coconut or unsweetened coconut?
Looks like a lovely recipe!
MrsWheelbarrow December 17, 2009
I prefer unsweetened, although the original recipe called for sweetened. The apricots have so much natural sweetness!
Janneke V. December 15, 2009
What a great recipe, I imagine you can do this with all kinds of dried fruits. Beautiful picture as well.
MrsWheelbarrow December 15, 2009
I have made this with dried cherries and with mixed dried berries, both were wonderful. I keep going back to the apricot, though. Nostalgia is a powerful thing.
dymnyno December 15, 2009
I have "saved" this recipe...it's a keeper!
Lizthechef December 4, 2009
Sound delicious and make me miss my Mom so much. She loved anything with dried apricots - I will make and eat some in her memory - thank you!