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Apricot Walnut Bars

These moist bars have a great flavor. Everyone in my family loves them, and I get lots of requests for the recipe. —Kim Gilliland, Simi Valley, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    16 bars

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, cook apricots in water over medium heat for 10 minutes or until softened. Drain, cool and chop; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1 cup flour until well blended.
  • Press into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat eggs and brown sugar until blended. Beat in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, and remaining flour; gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in apricots and nuts. Pour over crust.
  • Bake at 350° until set, about 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar; cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 197 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 121mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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