Day 6 of The 12 Days of Cookies brings a recipe featured in the September 1966 issue of Gourmet magazine. In 1966, I was in the 4th grade at John F. Farragut School in Rota, Spain where my father was stationed. It was our second year there of a four year assignment and the first that we lived on base. Days were full of playtime outside after school until we were called in for dinner, and weather very much like what we enjoy here in San Diego. I’d have another year with my best childhood friend who lived three houses up the street, and two to enjoy some of the most pleasantly memorable years of my life.
Apricots have always been something special to me, and although I prefer them ripe from the tree, I grew up loving them right from the can. This recipe calls for dried apricots simmered in a simple syrup spiked with a bit of liqueur. Regardless of the form they take, apricots will always be something I enjoy — especially baked between layers of a brown sugar crumble. Nothing compares to their perfectly sweet tartness.