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Nov 22, 2013 04:29 PM

Apricot Cheddar Cookies from 1966 BH&G Cookies and Candies cookbook

Hello! My mom had an awesome better homes and gardens cookie and candy cookbook when I was a kid, my parents suffered a house fire last year and we don't have the book anymore...

in it there was a recipe for an apricot/cheddar cookie that my mom and I used to make every Christmas. It is a super yummy/interesting cookie of apricot and cheddar that distinctly tastes of the holidays to me :)

You made a rather savory cheddar crust (almost a pie dough) and fill it with a quick apricot jam you make by cooking dried apricots with sugar and water until they break down. You cut the dough into squares, put a tablespoon of filling in the center, take diagonal corners and pinch closed. They were always a huge challenge; I don't know if it was my mom's cooking skills or the recipe but the dough was difficult to use, the filling would run all over the oven and we would curse ourselves for attempting them again...but they were so flipping delicious and such a family favorite we always put them on our Christmas baking list.

I have searched high and low for the recipe, or something remotely similar and have come up short. I want to recreate the recipe to make it more foolproof, but I'd love to see the original again for inspiration. Does anyone have this cookbook or a similar cookie recipe? Does anyone else know any cheddar/apricot cookie history or where else they might be popular?

Happy almost Thanksgiving! Thank you all!

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  1. From my own Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, circa 1968, comes this recipe. While it uses American cheese, it may work for you with cheddar...

    Apricot Foldovers
    1/2 cup butter or margarine
    4 ounces sharp process American cheese, grated (one cup)
    1 1/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
    2 tablespoons water

    1 cup dried apricots
    1cup granulated sugar

    375 degrees preheated oven

    Cream butter and sugar till light. Blend sifted flour into creamed mixture. Add water and mix well. Chill 4 to 5 hours.

    Meanwhile, cook apricots according to package directions. Drain well. Stir sugar into hot fruit; cook and stir till mixture boils and becomes smooth; cool.

    Divide chilled dough in half. Roll each half to 10-inch square; cut in 2 1/2 inch squares. Place 1teaspoon apricot filling on each square; fold over and seal. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

    Hope this is what you're looking for...enjoy!

    6 Replies
    1. re: critter101

      Thank you so much, that's totally it! I super appreciate that you took the time to post it here for me. Happy Thanksgiving!

      1. re: critter101

        These sound so good (made with cheddar cheese) and I happen to have some dried apricots here that I want to use up. Does anybody know what "cook apricots according to package directions" might mean? I'm thinking maybe a soak in water that has been boiled for about 20 minutes. Are the apricots chopped at that point to make a filling? Run them through a food processor to chop? I love old recipes and making them work with the ingredients we have today.

        1. re: Springhaze2

          So fun that you're making these! When my mom and I made them, we would chop the apricots into a medium dice (with scissors, it was easier and cleaner than a knife), add the sugar and enough water to cover, then cook at a simmer until the apricots had thickened and broken down a bit, I remember it taking a while. It was definitely a bit chunky when we were done, not processed smooth. If you do make a smooth jam, would you let me know of the results? And in what shape you cook them? It was always a challenge getting the filling to stay in the cookie. I hope they work for you, the combo of apricot and cheese in a cookie is divine!!

          1. re: kcdpg03

            Thanks so much for the advice on chopping the apricots. I probably won't process them now that I know to chop the apricots first.

            As for the filling staying in the cookies, I'll work with that. My father is Hungarian and we always made a kind of filled cookie for Christmas. I'll play with the dough and the filling to see if I can come up with a any tips.

        2. re: critter101

          I have the 1966 cookbook in my hand and the first instruction is wrong here. It should be cream the butter and CHEESE not the sugar. The sugar goes into the apricot mixture.

          1. re: retroagogo

            Good catch! I hope the OP notices your correction!


        3. Sounds enough like rugelach that I think you could just add cheese to your choice of any of the innumerable recipes for apricot rugelach.

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          1. re: greygarious

            I agree. It would be easier to form and have a better proportion of filling to crust, I think, too.

            1. re: greygarious

              That's a great idea, I'm totally going to do that. Thanks for the excellent suggestion!

              1. re: MidwesternerTT

                It's super close, thanks so much! Happy Holidays!

                1. re: kcdpg03

                  I love this community! I really enjoy more savory baking so I'm going to check into this and compare with some similar recipes that use goat cheese with apricots and other fruits and nuts. So wonderful to have thoughtful replies and glad kcdpg03 got her recipe, especially after a tragic family fire.

              2. You can read the book online at Just register and you can read the book in your browser. No software needed. It's free. Here's a link to the 1966, 1971 edition of the Better Homes & Gardens Cookies & Candies cookbook. The Apricot Fold-overs cookies are on page 43.


                They have hundreds of old cookbooks from the 1970's, 80's, 90's, and early 2000's you can read online.

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                    1. re: Antilope

                      I found the 1966 version at the

                      Better Homes & Gardens Cookies & Candies 1966 version:

                      1. re: Antilope

                        I registered on the site but cannot understand how to actually get to the CONTENT of the book. I am only getting as far as the page with the title and vital statistics of the book.

                        1. re: greygarious

                          Only the books that show the GREEN BOOK ICON (that either says READ or BORROW) are available to be checked out online (those books have been scanned by the Openlibrary).

                          (Other listings are either shown for reference of books in brick and mortar libraries or DAISY special edition talking books for the visually impaired.)

                          Click on one of those book listings with a GREEN BOOK ICON.
                          Click on BORROW, E-BOOK (right hand side of page).
                          Click on READ IN BROWSER
                          It should open in your browser so you can flip through the pages, zoom in or out, etc.
                          When done click RETURN BOOK on upper left.