In a small bowl stir together dried apricots and apricot nectar (or orange juice). Let stand 15 minutes. Then drain, reserving liquid for frosting. In a large mixing bowl beat butter (or margarine) with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or until softened. Add about half of the flour to the butter . Then add the brown sugar, egg, orange peel, baking powder, cardamom, and ground cinnamon. Beat until thoroughly combined, scraping sides of the bowl occasionally. Then beat or stir in remaining flour. Stir in drained apricots. Drop dough from a rounded teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Make depression in center of cookie. Then remove cookies from the cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.
Fill depression with apricot filling, or
Frost cookies with Apricot Frosting. Apricot Frosting: In a medium mixing bowl beat 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1 or 2 tablespoons of the reserved liquid to make a frosting of spreading consistency. Makes about 2/3 cup.