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23 Sweet-Tart Apricot Recipes From Fruit Butter to Cocktails

Incorporate fresh, dried, or pickled apricots into these sweet-tart dishes all year long.

Greg DuPree
Greg DuPree

Sweet, tart, and tangy, apricots are a versatile stone fruit for all kinds of preparations beyond jam, from fruit butter and ketchup to cookies and pastries. You can use fresh and dried apricots in glazes, pan sauces, and roasts among chicken, duck, lamb, and turkey mains. Apricots can be pickled to accompany pork rillettes; roasted and pureed for a cocktail or shave ice; or boiled and pureed for pâte de fruit. Browse through these vibrant apricot recipes to make the most of fresh apricots from the farmers market or a bag of dried apricots from the supermarket.

Lamb and Butternut Squash Tagine with Apricots

Victor Protasio
Victor Protasio

Savory lamb, salty olives, and the warm spices in ras el hanout balanced with sweet butternut squash, apricots, and a touch of honey for this simply stunning tagine.

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Toffee-Apricot Oat Cookies

Photo by Johnny Autry / Food and Prop Styling by Charlotte Autry
Photo by Johnny Autry / Food and Prop Styling by Charlotte Autry

These lacy cookies are studded with tart dried apricot, salty-sweet chunks of toffee, and sweet milk chocolate for the perfect sensation of flavors and textures.

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Sárgabarack Lekvár (Apricot Fruit Butter)

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Writer and recipe developer Sarah Copeland describes lekvár as a cross between preserves and fruit butter — spreadable, with soft chunks of fruit throughout. She serves it on palacsinta (Hungarian pancakes) and says the sweet and tangy apricot butter is also often given as a gift to dear friends and neighbors.

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Apricot-Nectarine Julep

Photo by Kelsey Hansen / Food Styling by Lauren McAnelly / Prop Styling by Sue Mitchell
Photo by Kelsey Hansen / Food Styling by Lauren McAnelly / Prop Styling by Sue Mitchell

A puree of roasted apricots and nectarines brings out bourbon's notes of vanilla and nutmeg, making for the ultimate late-summer cocktail. Pour some of the reserved puree on top of the crushed ice for a cocktail that almost resembles a Hawaiian shave ice.

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Apricot Kuchen with Labneh Whipped Cream

Greg DuPree
Greg DuPree

Author Adeena Sussman's simple, sweet cake is laden with juicy, tart apricots and served with a tangy labneh whipped cream. It's ready in an hour and a half.

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Braised Chicken Thighs with Apricots and Green Olives

Jennifer Causey
Jennifer Causey

Cooking instructor and author Molly Stevens enhances a relatively quick stovetop chicken braise with smoky pimentón (Spanish paprika), sweet apricots, bright lemon zest, crisp wine, and a handful of briny olives.

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Charred Green Beans with Apricots

© Nicole Franzen
© Nicole Franzen

For this bright, 20-minute side dish, F&W culinary director at large Justin Chapple adds sweet apricots to his fiery and fresh-tasting sautéed green beans.

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Riesling Pâte de Fruit

Justin Walker
Justin Walker

Justin Chapple's genius idea to use Riesling in place of water enhances the apricot flavor and gives these sugar-crusted confections extra dimension.

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Anoush Abour (Noah’s Pudding)

<p>Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Jillian Knox</p>

Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Jillian Knox

Anoush abour translates to “sweet soup” and is a fruity, nutty delicacy made of softened wheat berry pudding topped with a mosaic of pomegranate arils, slivered almonds, and dried apricots. It's a must at Armenian Christmas tables, and has deep roots in Turkish cuisine.

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Apricot, Almond, and Brown Butter Tart

© Tina Rupp
© Tina Rupp

This tart is crispy and tender, tangy and sweet all at the same time. The recipe works with fresh or dried apricots.

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Chicken Breasts with Apricot-Onion Pan Sauce

© Lucy Schaeffer
© Lucy Schaeffer

After sautéing chicken breasts, recipe developer Melissa Rubel Jacobson adds diced onions and white wine to sweep up the delicious browned bits left in the skillet, then sweetens the sauce slightly with dried apricots and apricot preserves.

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Apricot-Tarragon Cocktail Cookies

© Quentin Bacon
© Quentin Bacon

One reader called legendary baker Dorie Greenspan's cookies "a nice, sophisticated nosh." Use fresh, plump, dried Turkish apricots for these treats that can be made ahead.

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Spicy Apricot Wings

© Marcus Nilsson
© Marcus Nilsson

An apricot-based sauce brushed on pit master Chris Lilly's chicken wings before grilling gives them plenty of flavor, and the extra sauce is good for dipping.

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Yogurt and Apricot Pie with Crunchy Granola Crust

© Yunhee Kim
© Yunhee Kim

Warm apricot preserves are poured on top of this pie's yogurt filling, gently spread in an even layer, before the whole dessert is chilled.

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Spiced Leg of Lamb with Olives, Apricots and Lemons

© Jonny Valiant
© Jonny Valiant

Jeff Cerciello, chef at Los Angeles's Farmshop restaurant, went for "big visual impact" with this lamb that's roasted with dried apricots, lemons, and olives.

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Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Honey-Glazed Apricots

© Quentin Bacon
© Quentin Bacon

Pastry chef Kate Neumann tops this cool, delicate dessert with dried apricots that she's plumped in wine and honey.

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Rice with Duck and Apricots

© David Malosh
© David Malosh

2011 F&W Best New Chef George Mendes's signature dish mixes pitted kalamata olives and diced dried apricots in with poached duck breast and homemade duck confit in arborio rice.

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Dried Apricot and Cherry Mostarda

© Helene Dujardin
© Helene Dujardin

Former F&W Test Kitchen senior test kitchen editor Grace Parisi's version of this Italian fruit and mustard condiment takes 15-20 minutes. Serve it with cheese and charcuterie.

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Grandma Zerr's Apricot Kuchen

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© Tina Rupp

Kuchen is a traditional German fruit- or cheese-filled yeast cake that's common in North Dakota and served at any time of day. This is pastry chef Nancy Olson's adaptation of her grandmother's version.

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Pork Rillettes with Pickled Apricots

© Antonis Achilleos
© Antonis Achilleos

The quick pickle of dried apricots is an ingenious sweet-tart accompaniment to the rich pâté here.

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Curried Apricot-and-Tomato Ketchup

© Tina Rupp
© Tina Rupp

Grace Parisi makes this sweet condiment in a half hour.

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Apricot-Glazed Turkey with Fresh Herb Gravy

© Frances Janisch
© Frances Janisch

The gorgeous mahogany color of Melissa Rubel Jaconson's roasted turkey comes from a glaze of lemon-infused apricot jam.

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Chicken and Kale Salad

© Todd Porter & Diane Cu
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Toss a half cup of dried apricots with kale, poached chicken, and walnuts for this 45-minute salad served with a balsamic-Dijon dressing.

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