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Apricot-Cheese Crescents

Yield Makes 3 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, cut up
  • 1 (12-ounce) container small-curd cottage cheese
  • 1 (6-ounce) package dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped almonds

How to Make It

  1. Stir together flour and salt; cut in butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in cottage cheese until blended. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Cover and chill 8 hours.

  2. Bring apricots and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.

  3. Process apricot mixture and 1/2 cup sugar in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape sides.

  4. Pat each ball on a lightly floured surface into a 2 1/2-inch circle. Spoon 1 teaspoon apricot mixture in center of each circle. Fold circles in half, pressing edges to seal. Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Brush with egg white. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup sugar and almonds; sprinkle evenly over crescents.

  5. Bake at 375° for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.