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Dried Apricot Hand Pies

Yield 16 pies

Ingredients

  • 2 (6-ounce) packages dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup almond liqueur*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

How to Make It

  1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes.

  2. Process apricot mixture, 1 cup sugar, butter, and vanilla extract in a food processor 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Cool.

  3. Roll 1 piecrust to press out fold lines. Cut 6 (4-inch) circles from pastry, rerolling as necessary. Brush edges of circles with water. Spoon about 2 tablespoons apricot mixture in center of each circle. Fold circles in half, pressing edges to seal. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat procedure with remaining piecrust and filling. Stir together egg and water; brush over pies. Sprinkle evenly with 3 tablespoons sugar.

  4. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until golden.

  5. *1/4 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract may be substituted for almond liqueur.

  6. Note: Pies may be baked ahead and frozen.