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Almond Apricot Bars

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling

Makes

1-1/2 dozen

Apricot jam provides the fruit flavor in this small pan of sweet dessert bars shared by Olga Wolkosky of Richmond, British Columbia. "They freeze well and are always a hit," she relates. "They're also good with seedless raspberry jam instead."

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white baking chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup apricot jam
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a microwave, melt 1 cup chips; stir until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chips and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Spread half of the batter into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Spread with jam.
  3. Stir remaining chips into remaining batter. Drop by tablespoonfuls over jam; carefully spread over top. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into squares; cut squares in half.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 250 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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