Apricot Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies

Took a couple of days off from making things this week after the marathon baking week last week. And of course work was busy at the end of the quarter so I wouldn’t have had time anyway. But I did decide to make these little gems, which seem to me to be rather spring-like, even though nothing about oatmeal or apricots says spring really. They are super easy to make, pretty hard to mess up and taste great even for breakfast (there is that oatmeal in the equation).

1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup traditional rolled oats (do not use instant)
1 cup apricot jam

Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare cookie sheets with silpat or parchment.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.

Slowly mix in the flour mixture, then stir in the oats by hand. Using a tablespoon of dough per cookie, roll into balls and place on cookie sheets, at least an inch and a half apart (they spread a lot). Bake for a total of 12-15 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets mid-way, until cookies are golden brown. Cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes before removing and letting cool completely on wire racks.

Spread a thin layer of jam on the bottom of one cookie and top with another. Repeat until all cookies are used.

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