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Apricot Bars

Sioux Falls, South Dakota cook Helen Cluts shares her recipe for these beautiful rich-tasting bars. She explains, "My family likes snacking on them. This recipe's one I've used and shared for over 30 years."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 to 2-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut


  • In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, beat egg and milk; stir into flour mixture.
  • Spread in a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Spread preserves over crust. Combine topping ingredients; carefully drop by tablespoonfuls over apricot layer. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack; cut into small bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 169 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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