cream cheese and dried apricots cookies

This cookie is made without any of the traditional christmas spices. It tastes a little sour because of the dried apricots and between all those other spicy and chocolatey cookies, this is, how my mama called it today, "a refreshing christmas cookie".

~ cream cheese and dried apricots cookies ~

Makes about 50 cookies

200g grounded hazelnuts
50g dried apricots
200g cream cheese (I used Philadelphia)
120g sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1 egg white
50g pastry flour
0.5 teaspoon baking powder
confectioners sugar for decorating

Mix the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla pastet. Add egg white. Chop the dried apricots into very small pieces and add them with the hazelnuts, pastry flour and baking powder to the mixture. Stir everything until combined, The dough should be very moist. If its too dry, add some water or some more egg white.

Form little balls and place them on a baking sheet. Then cover them with the confectioners sugar.

Bake them for about 15 minutes at 356F degrees (180°C). They should be slightly golden on the outside. If you have bigger balls, make sure to bake your cookies 2-3 minutes longer.

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