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Apricot Bars

These Apricot Bars are sweet and gooey and oh so good! I made these for our latest Mother-Daughter Tea Party and they were a huge hit, especially with my husband, who always helps himself to the tea party foods when I host tea parties.

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Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour and 15 Minutes
Servings: 16 bar cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup dried apricots
  • water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, simmer apricots in water, covered, for 15 minutes. Drain, then cool to room temperature. Chop finely.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F while apricots are cooling.

  3. Beat together butter, granulated sugar, and 1 cup of the flour with an electric mixer, on medium speed, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press evenly over bottom of a greased 8-inch square metal baking pan (not non-stick) and bake in the middle of the oven until golden, about 25 minutes.

  4. While the crust is cooking prepare filling: Beat together chopped apricots, brown sugar, eggs, walnuts, baking powder, vanilla, salt, and remaining 1/3 cup flour on medium speed until well combined. Pour topping over hot crust and bake in middle of oven until topping is set and golden, 25-30 minutes more. Cool in pan on a rack and then cut into 16 bars. Dust with powdered sugar.

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