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25 Best Dried Apricot Recipes to Try

Nutritious, sweet, and colorful, these dried apricot recipes add a pop of brightness to every dish.

And you don’t have to wait for apricot season!

Dried apricots are like little golden nuggets of fruity goodness.

They’re a great alternative to fresh apricots, as they have all the same nutritional benefits.

Bowl of Dried Apricots
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Three whole dried apricots contain 20 percent of your daily dietary fiber. Pretty sweet, right? Pun intended.

They add a delicious burst of sweetness to cakes, jams, oatmeal, and even stews.

So, indulge in a little fruity, sugary goodness and check out these dried apricot recipes!

1.  Apricot Bars

On the go? Grab one of these fruity apricot bars!

They’re the perfect snack for busy mornings or as a tasty and speedy dessert.  

Apricot jam is topped with a buttery shortcrust topping, pecans, and toasted coconut.

These bars are the most crumbly, sweet, and delicious treat.

The jam is so easy to make with dried apricots.

The sweetness of the dried fruit means you can cut back on the sugar content in the jam, too. It’s a win-win. 

2. Dried Apricot and Almond Cake

If you’re looking for a show-stopper cake, try out this dried apricot and almond cake!

It’s covered in an orange and almond drizzle. Then, it’s topped with almonds, candied seeds, and orange zest.

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This cake has a ground almond and polenta sponge giving it the most amazing texture.

Plus, a crown of maple candied seeds just takes this dessert to a whole new level. 

The dried apricots add a burst of sweet and tangy flavor to each and every slice. Yum!

3. Quick and Easy Dried Apricot Jam

Running out of jam? Grab those dried apricots from your pantry and whip up this quick and easy apricot jam.

It only takes minutes to make and has a delicious, bold flavor.

This is a fantastic gift idea, too. Share the tasty flavor with your family and friends!

This recipe is as easy as it gets. Simply cut the fruit, boil the fruit in water, and stir in some sugar. There you have it. Jam!

4. Perfect Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots

These oatmeal cookies with dried apricot are some of the best homemade cookies you can make. 

Fresh, warm, and straight out of the oven, how could you resist that?

Hearty oats and zingy dried apricots are a match made in heaven. 

Grab one of these homemade oatmeal cookies the next time you make yourself a cup of tea. They’re perfect for dunking!

5. Oatmeal Soda Bread with Apricots

If you like raisin soda bread, you’ll love this oatmeal soda bread with dried apricots. 

Cut back on your sugar intake with this sweet bread.

This recipe swaps white sugar for a little honey and the sweetness of dried apricots. 

Toast up a slice of this bread for breakfast. Slather it with some butter and gobble it up with your morning coffee. Delish!

6. Eggplant and Lentil Apricot Curry

This comforting eggplant and lentil apricot curry is the perfect winter warmer.

Cooking the dried apricots into the curry adds a sweetness that pairs with the coconut yogurt so nicely. 

A light touch of mint and lemon adds a refreshing element to this curry that’s delicious.

Serve it with some naan to mop up every last drop. 

7. Apricot Fruitcake

Excited for the holiday season? Bake this apricot fruit cake to kick off the Christmas festivities!

Take things up a notch and add some glacé cherries and mixed fruit to your fruitcake. The colors alone scream Christmas. 

All the flavor of this cake comes from the fruit. There are no spices or molasses, which lets the dried apricots and fruits shine.

That sound’s good to me!

8. Pork Chops with Apricot Brandy Sauce

These pork chops with apricot brandy sauce are the perfect balance of savory and sweet. 

The amazing sauce these pork chops are smothered in is so deliciously complex.

A splash of fruity and woodsy brandy adds an amazing depth of flavor that soaks into the dried apricots. 

One bite of these tender pork chops and tasty, sweet sauce, and you won’t believe it only takes 20 minutes to make!

9. Mascarpone and Dried Apricot Tart

Looking for an easy-to-make summer dessert? This mascarpone and dried apricot tart is deliciously light and creamy.

A slice of this tart is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings.

A mix of mascarpone cheese and heavy cream creates the creamiest texture. 

Fresh mint and rehydrated dried apricots are a wonderfully fresh and sweet pairing.

This is the perfect dessert to gobble up under the sunshine. 

10. Dried Apricot and Blue Cheese Canapes with Walnuts

Your next party needs these dried apricot and blue cheese canapes with walnuts.

They’re elegant, simple, and so very delicious.

These tasty bite-sized delights are perfect for sharing. But be warned, they’re so easy to scarf down!

Garnish them with a sprig of rosemary and watch how quickly they disappear from the plate.

11. Healthy Quinoa Salad with Spinach and Apricots

The next time you fancy a salad, try out this healthy quinoa salad with spinach and dried apricots.

I like to call this kind of salad a ‘pantry salad’, as it’s basically clearing out your leftover pantry ingredients!

Throw in dried apricots, quinoa, pecans, and spinach. 

And hey presto! You have a delicious, nutritious, and healthy meal. 

12. Apricot Kuchen

Kuchen is simply the German name for cake. And this apricot kuchen is a wonderful comfort dessert.

It’s quick and easy, making it perfect for weeknights.

This cake has an amazing sugar crust and delicious chunks of dried apricot in its fluffy sponge. 

Serve it warm for the most comforting dessert imaginable. Mmm!

13. Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

This slow-cooked apricot chicken will leave your house smelling amazing. 

And it tastes just as good! By slowly cooking the chicken it becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender. 

It’s not just the chicken. The dried apricots get so full and juicy as they cook in the chicken broth, they become fall-apart tender.

14. Traditional Lamb Tagine with Apricots

Apricots add a lovely sweetness and texture to this traditional lamb tagine.

Have you ever heard of tagine? It’s a two-part clay cooking vessel common throughout North Africa.

The clay allows for slow cooking and for the food inside to infuse with so much flavor. 

And the more flavor, the better! Be sure to add some pistachios for extra crunch and parsley for a punch of color. 

15. Chicken Tagine

Now, this chicken tagine is a flavor explosion.

The rich spice-infused sauce the chicken is braised is seriously drool-worthy.

To get the right amount of flavors, it’s best to make your own spice mix.

This is called ras el hanout, and it’s made with a mixture of spices you probably already have in your pantry.

The dried apricots pair perfectly with the savory chicken and spicy sauce.

Every bite is a perfect balance of sweet, savory, and spicy. Delish!

16. Curried Chickpea Apricot Stew

Searching for a vegetarian stew to have for dinner tonight? Try out this curried chickpea apricot stew.

This dish is packed with chickpeas, vegetables, and Moroccan-inspired spices. It’s naturally sweetened up with fruity dried apricots. Yum!

The warm spices in this dish are exactly what you need to keep you toasty. It’s perfect for cold weeknights. 

17. Apricot Ginger Salmon with Almond and Thyme Rice Pilaf

This apricot ginger salmon with almond and thyme rice pilaf makes for a delicious and healthy meal.

It’s all about that apricot marinade. It’s so tasty, you’re going to want to eat it with a spoon!

A salmon filet is smothered with that sweet and salty marinade before being baked.

Serve it with a fluffy thyme rice pilaf and roasted carrots for a delicious meal. Yum!

18. Apricot Coconut Scones

I’m convinced it’s impossible to enjoy a nice cup of tea with a fluffy scone. And these apricot coconut scones are truly something else. 

These tender coconut scones are packed with sweet chunks of dried apricots. 

Gobble up one of these scones while they’re still warm with a little butter. And don’t forget your cup of tea!

19. Cinnamon Granola with Apricot and Almond

You’ll wake up on the right side of the bed every single morning when you have this granola to look forward to!

Cinnamon granola is mixed with crunchy almonds and sweet, chewy apricots.

Everything’s tied together with a little maple syrup to create the perfect cereal. 

One bite of this granola, and you’ll never want another bowl of store-bought granola again! 

20. Almond Apricot Biscotti

A cup of coffee just isn’t the same without a biscotti. So, whip up a batch of this almond apricot biscotti so you’re always prepared!

Crispy, sweet, and delicious, you won’t be able to stop at just one.

You can keep these biscotti in your freezer, ready for you to grab a few with your morning coffee. They’re perfect for dunking!

21. Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Nothing beats a moist slice of cake. Especially when it’s as sweet and nutty as this sour cream coffee cake.

This easy Bundt cake recipe is perfect for when you’re craving an afternoon treat.

It has the most mouthwatering cinnamon spiced dried fruit and nut filling. 

Serve up a slice to your guests, and they’ll beg to come back soon!

22. White Chocolate, Coconut, and Apricot Balls

These no-bake white chocolate, coconut, and apricot balls are so quick and easy to make. You can have them ready in just 10 minutes.

This is a great recipe to get the kids involved with. They’re not baked, so there’s no risk of their hands burning. 

Plus, they’ll love rolling up these little balls!

23. Chocolate Apricot Balls

You only need three ingredients and a few minutes to make these chocolate apricot balls.

Soak dried apricots and almonds in water before blitzing them in a food processor.

Roll the paste up into little balls and smother them in chocolate.

Once the chocolate has set, decorate the balls with a sliver of dried apricot. It’s important to keep up appearances!

24. Apricot Coconut Crumble Bars

One bite of these crumble bars, and you’ll definitely want to add this to your Christmas cookie rotation. 

They’re crumbly, sweet, and deliciously tangy.

The apricot filling is super easy to make. Just simmer dried apricots with sugar and water until they turn jam-like. 

Serve these treats to your family and get them in the holiday spirit!

25. Apricot Cookies

These apricot cookies are the ultimate fruity and chocolatey treat. 

Crunchy, chewy, and sweet, these apricot cookies are so delicious.

Chewy dried apricots are mixed with crunchy almonds and rich dark chocolate. This is a seriously good combo. 

Be sure to only dip half your cookie in melted chocolate.

That way, you get a striking half-and-half cookie that looks as good as it tastes.

25 Best Ways to Use Dried Apricots

For a sweet treat, try these dried apricot recipes! From bars to cake to jam, these dishes are so easy and delicious.


  • Apricot Bars

  • Dried Apricot and Almond Cake

  • Quick and Easy Dried Apricot Jam

  • Perfect Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Apricots

  • Oatmeal Soda Bread with Apricots

  • Eggplant and Lentil Apricot Curry

  • Apricot Fruitcake

  • Pork Chops with Apricot Brandy Sauce

  • Mascarpone and Dried Apricot Tart

  • Dried Apricot and Blue Cheese Canapes with Walnuts

  • Healthy Quinoa Salad with Spinach and Apricots

  • Apricot Kuchen

  • Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken

  • Traditional Lamb Tagine with Apricots

  • Chicken Tagine

  • Curried Chickpea Apricot Stew

  • Apricot Ginger Salmon with Almond and Thyme Rice Pilaf

  • Apricot Coconut Scones

  • Cinnamon Granola with Apricot and Almond

  • Almond Apricot Biscotti

  • Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  • White Chocolate, Coconut and Apricot Balls

  • Chocolate Apricot Balls

  • Apricot Coconut Crumble Bars

  • Apricot Cookies


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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