Apricot Layered Cookies

These are my favorite “cookies” — my Mom makes these at Christmas time, and I look forward to them each year.

3 cups of ground walnuts (reserved 1/2 cup of the ground walnuts for topping)
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
¾ cup sugar

3 sticks margarine (12 ounces)
¼ cup water
4 cups flour
4 egg yolks
1 T. yeast
¼ cup canned milk

Apricot Filling:
2 jars apricot filling
(or use 1/2 lb dried California apricots. Cover with water, and  boil them until they are soft. Drain. Place the cooked apricots in the Cuisinart to puree, then add a teaspoon of lemon and ½ cup sugar)

3 cups powdered sugar
2 t. vanilla
¼ cup canned milk

To make the filling: Mix the 2 1/2  cups of  ground walnuts with the sugar and the cinnamon until well mixed.

To make the pastry: Combine the water and yeast and set aside. Put the flour into a mixing bowl and add the butter. Blend the butter well into the flour using a mixer. Add the egg yolks, the milk, and yeast and water combination. Stir until it all comes together in a ball. Knead 3 or 4 minutes. Divide into 3 parts. Roll between two sheets of wax paper that have cut to fit a 15 x 10 x 1 baking pan.

To assemble the Torte: Put the first layer of dough on the bottom of the baking pan. Spread nut filling on top of the pastry. Then put a second layer of dough on top of the nut filling.  Put the apricot filling on top of the second layer of pastry. Then put the third layer of pastry on the top of the apricot filling. Press the edges together with your fingers to seal. Prick the top with a fork (BIG-TIME according to Mom).

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Cool completely and then spread the icing on top. Sprinkle ½ cup ground walnuts on top of this and cut into 1-inch squares and serve.

These freeze well.

One Response to “Apricot Layered Cookies”
  1. Mary says:

    Just helped mom make these today and they it’s really easy if you make the walnuts and apricots the night before. The wax paper make it really easy to place the dough in each of the layers. Give them a try, scrumptious!

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