You are here: Home » Recipes » Luscious Apricot Bars Luscious Apricot Bars Recipe by American Profile Yield servings PrintEmail "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 apricots1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened1/4 cup granulated sugar1 1/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt1 cup packed light brown sugar2 eggs, beaten1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans Confectioners' sugar Instructions Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Combine the apricots and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat; drain well. Set aside. 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. 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. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into bars and roll in confectioners’ sugar. Recipe by Barbara Peters, Salem, Ill.