Dark Chocolate Apricot Cookies

Ingredients:dark chocolate apricot cookie
• 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 cup butter, softened
• 1 1/2 cups white sugar
• 1 egg
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
• 1 cup chopped dried apricots
• 1 package (12 oz) dark chocolate chips

• Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
• In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
• In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
• Beat in egg, orange extract and vanilla.
• Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
•  Stir in apricots until blended.
• Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
• Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.
• Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
• Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
• In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips are melted.
• Dip each cookie halfway into melted chocolate, letting excess drip off.
• Place on waxed paper and let stand until chocolate is set, at least 2 hours. (To quickly set chocolate, refrigerate cookies 15 minutes.)

Tip: Store between sheets of  Parchment Paper in tightly covered container at room temperature.

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