Luscious Apricot Bars

  • Yield servings

"I bake about 40 different kinds of cookies, cakes, and candy for the holidays. I start baking in October and freeze and give everyone plates of baked goods at Christmas. Luscious Apricot Bars is one recipe I always include."

Ingredients

1 (7-ounce) package dried apricots
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Confectioners' sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Combine the apricots and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat; drain well. Set aside.
  3. Combine the butter, granulated sugar, and 1 cup of the flour in a small bowl. Using a fork, mix until crumbly and press into the prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes,or until crust is lightly golden.
  4. Chop the apricots. Sift together the remaining 1/3 cup flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Combine the brown sugar and eggs in a medium bowl, stirring with a fork until well blended. Add the flour mixture; blend well. Stir in the vanilla, walnuts, and chopped apricots. Spread evenly over the crust and bake 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  5. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into bars and roll in confectioners’ sugar.

Recipe by Barbara Peters, Salem, Ill.

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