Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies

November 14, 2012Teresa

Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2012

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies are spectacular! Every scrumptious mouthful is amazing. The shortbread-type cookie is filled with cream cheese which gives it such a wonderful texture. There is a hint of lemon which adds zest to the cookie. Then each cookie is filled with the taste of apricot preserves. Finally, the cookies are dusted with confectioners’ sugar. We love these luscious cookies! They have been a hit with our family and all our Christmas cookie recipients for years!

In the late 1990s I was working at First Presbyterian Church in Duncanville, Texas, when Shirley Lotts brought a tray of these delicious Christmas cookies, Cherry Surprises, Apricot Nut Bread and Banana Apricot Nut Bread into the office for the church staff during the holiday season.

Everything on that tray was amazing including these cookies. I got 4 recipes off of Shirley that day, all of which we use regularly. The two cookie recipes we have used almost every year in our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza ever since.

If you are looking for an elegant, delicious-tasting cookie to celebrate the holiday season, you should consider trying this cookie and adding it to your regular Christmas baking repertoire. Take this cookie to your office parties or when visiting relatives over the Christmas season. Everyone will be so glad you did–there certainly won’t be any left to take home!

When I initially posted this recipe in November 2012, I was still using an iPhone 3 for a camera. My pictures were a little blurry and had way too many Christmas decorations.  The pictures were a little on the gaudy side, as a result.

I recently remade these cookies (December 2016) for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza this year. These cookies are still some of our favorites. If you plan to make them, plan ahead, because the dough must be chilled before rolling into balls and baking. Then prepare yourself for a heavenly experience.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

These luscious Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies are heavenly.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Try not to salivate as you look at these luscious jewels!

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies have it all–texture, taste, chewiness, and melt-in-your-mouth goodness! Yum.

Here’s what I did.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

I used these ingredients.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Place softened butter and softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Cream with an electric mixer until smooth.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Add eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest. 

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Cream all the ingredients with an electric mixer. 

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Combine baking powder and UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. (Bleached flour toughens baked goods). Add to mixing bowl.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Stir all ingredients together well with a wooden spoon. Cover with plastic wrap and chill dough. I chilled this several hours. You can’t omit this step. The dough is a lot harder to work with if it’s at room temperature. A single batch should be chilled at least an hour.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Roll out dough into balls and place on cookie sheets. 

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

With thumb or finger make an indentation in each cookie.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Each indentation will hold about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. apricot preserves. Fill each hole with apricot preserves.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Bake about 15 minutes at 350. My oven was all over the map on cooking these. Two cycles of pans took 25 minutes! Two cycles took 16 minutes, and 3 cycles took about 18-20 minutes. Just watch the cookie rather than cooking strictly by time. When they start getting lightly browned  and you touch the crust and it’s starting to get fairly firm then the cookies are done.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Remove cookies from oven. Cool in pans about 5 minutes and then sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Here’s a plate of these delicious goodies. Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies are sure to please everyone!

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

These are great cookies to take to visit family and friends during the holidays.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies are also nice to share with your kid’s teachers, your mailman, and your neighbors.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Start drooling!

Here’s the recipe.

APRICOT CREAM CHEESE COOKIES

(Recipe adapted from Shirley Lotts, First Presbyterian Church, Duncanville, TX)

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Scrumptious Christmas cookie is made with a soft shortbread dough that includes cream cheese. Then apricot preserves are put in the centers of the cookies. After baking the cookies are sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert
Instructions
  1. Combine butter, sugar and softened cream cheese, mixing until well blended.
  2. Blend in eggs, lemon juice and rind.
  3. Add combined dry ingredients; mix well.
  4. Chill dough at least one hour.
  5. Shape level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls.
  6. Place on cookie sheets sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Using thumb or finger indent centers; fill each with about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. of preserves.
  8. Bake at 350° for about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Cool; sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: You must chill the dough in this recipe. The dough is too hard to work with otherwise.

NOTE: Preparation time does not include time required to chill the dough.

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[b]Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies[/b]
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Shirley Lotts, when I worked at First Presbyterian Church, Duncanville, TX
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 54
Scrumptious Christmas cookie is made with a soft shortbread dough that includes cream cheese. Then apricot preserves are put in the centers of the cookies. After baking the cookies are sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp. grated lemon rind
  • 4 ½ cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • Apricot preserves
  • Confectioners’ sugar
Instructions
  1. Combine butter, sugar, softened cream cheese, eggs, lemon juice, lemon rind, and baking powder and mix completely with an electric mixer.
  2. Add flour and stir well until combined with a wooden spoon (not with an electric mixer – that will make cookies tough.
  3. Chill at least an hour.
  4. Shape dough into balls.
  5. Place on cookie sheets sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Using thumb or finger indent centers; fill each with about ½ tsp. of preserves.
  7. Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes. (Some cookies took 25 minutes to cook!)
  8. Remove from oven and place pans on wire racks.
  9. Cool approximately 5 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
Notes
You must chill the dough in this recipe. The dough is too hard to work with otherwise.[br][br]Preparation time does not include time required to chill the dough.
Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Don’t Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies look incredible?

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies are elegant enough for company — that is if your kids let you give any of them away!

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Everyone loves these cookies. You will too!

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Apricot Coconut Pecan Bars

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Print Recipe
Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Scrumptious Christmas cookie is made with a soft shortbread dough that includes cream cheese. Then apricot preserves are put in the centers of the cookies. After baking the cookies are sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert
Instructions
  1. Combine butter, sugar and softened cream cheese, mixing until well blended.
  2. Blend in eggs, lemon juice and rind.
  3. Add combined dry ingredients; mix well.
  4. Chill dough at least one hour.
  5. Shape level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls.
  6. Place on cookie sheets sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Using thumb or finger indent centers; fill each with about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. of preserves.
  8. Bake at 350° for about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Cool; sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: You must chill the dough in this recipe. The dough is too hard to work with otherwise.

NOTE: Preparation time does not include time required to chill the dough.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

39 Comments

  • Sam

    September 30, 2019 at 2:50 am

    These are wonderful. I had some canned apricots so I made my own filling and added white chocolate chips to half the batch (because, why not, right?). So good! I’m gonna have to freeze them or they’ll be gone by tomorrow.

    1. Teresa

      September 30, 2019 at 4:58 am

      Hi, Sam. Yes, I freeze these cookies almost every year because we make them for Christmas Cookies. I’m sure they’re ultra rich with the white chocolate added. Sounds so delicious.

  • Wendy

    May 9, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Hello Teresa,
    These remind me a lot of ones that we make; instead of the cream cheese though we use finely-grated mature cheddar for a sharper contrast with the sweet apricot jam.
    These look heavenly and I’m definitely going to give them a go!

    1. Teresa

      May 10, 2018 at 6:10 am

      Hi Wendy. That sounds amazing. I’ve never heard of using cheddar cheese before. Hope you enjoy them.

  • Darlene

    December 9, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Do you think I could do all the steps until the jam and then freeze for later?

    1. Teresa

      December 9, 2017 at 11:12 am

      You probably could, Darlene. But I’ve baked these cookies and frozen them many, many times and they turn out great that way too. Just leave them out on the counter about an hour or so before serving and they will thaw.

      1. Darlene

        December 10, 2017 at 7:50 am

        Thank you

        1. Teresa

          December 10, 2017 at 9:23 am

          You’re welcome.

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      September 26, 2019 at 10:59 am

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        September 27, 2019 at 11:09 am

        Yes, Kris.

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  • petit4chocolatier

    November 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Teresa, you should have your own business- a bakery or cafe! These look so divine. I love the apricot and cream cheese combination!

    1. Teresa

      November 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      John and I have always thought of doing a bed and breakfast after we retire. But quite frankly, it’s a lot of work! I enjoy baking for fun, but if I had to stand on my feet 10-15 hours a day for a living – forget it! My back would have a serious revolt!

      But thanks for the vote of confidence. Yes, we adore these apricot cream cheese cookies. Try them some time they are really fantastic.

  • thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    November 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

    They look like Angel Pillows cookies…I like putting the apricot in a little well like that. Another cookie to add to my list!!

    1. Teresa

      November 15, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      they are really fabulous cookies. The taste is out of this world. We love these cookies and make them every year for Christmas baking.

  • LizForADay

    November 15, 2012 at 2:15 am

    I guess you can truly say, you are a cookie monster. I love making homemade cookies. They are so different from store cookies. I guess it is the love you put in them. 🙂

    1. Teresa

      November 15, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Yes, homemade cookies are the best, plus they aren’t made with junk like high fructose corn syrup – yikes!

      1. LizForADay

        November 16, 2012 at 2:54 am

        Oh don’t get me started on that stuff. It is in everything. We can’t run away fast enough. 🙂

        1. Teresa

          November 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

          Sad, but true.

  • createengwp

    November 15, 2012 at 1:01 am

    You need your own store.

    1. Teresa

      November 15, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you for such kind comments.

  • Tamara Leigh: The Kitchen Novelist

    November 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Hey, Bake Shop Lady, do you realize what you’re doing to my waistline? I declare, I gain an inch every time you post one of your delights. Stop it. Please. Just kidding 🙂

    1. Teresa

      November 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Yes, If I ate as many as I’d like I’d be 200+ lbs! So I just take a lot of pictures. Seal them in bags and put them in the freezer! I have thousands more to make between now and when we start divvying them up! Enjoy all the recipes!!!

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