Make Fool Proof Pie Dough or use your own recipe and set to chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins.
While the dough is chilling, make the filling. Dice enough dried apricots to fill 1 cup. Transfer to a bowl and add 1/2 cup boiling water to soften. This will take about 10 minutes.
Add the apricot preserves, vanilla, and pinch of salt and stir well. Let this cool completely unit ready to use. Have ready a small bowl of water for sealing close by.
Roll out the dough on a clean surface to about and 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out desired size circles. 4" or 6". until all dough is used. If doing freehand, place circle of dough in one hand and spoon about 2 large spoonfuls in the middle of the dough. Gradually flip over one side of the dough to edge up with the other side. Use a fork to crimp the edges and place on the baking sheet with parchment or a silpat.
Place pies at least 1/2 inch apart. When tray is full, place in the fridge for 15-20 minutes for the dough to firm back up.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Take out pies from fridge and put in the oven to bake for 17-20 minutes until lightly brown. The pies should be pale in color. Use your finger to lightly touch the pies to make sure they are cooked.
Make the glaze: Add all ingredients for the glaze and stir until smooth. It should be on the thicker side.
Use a pastry brush to brush on the glaze while the pies are still hot. After 10 minutes flip them over and brush the other side. Let the glaze set.
**These pies can be fried if you like.
**If you want to try these in an air fryer, bake according to the directions of your appliance.