Apricot Bars With Shortbread Crust

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Kittencal@recipezazz

A moist apricot-walnut layer on top of a light buttery shortbread crust. The crust for these bars must be made on a processor. These are wonderful to serve to guests! The apricot filling can be prepared hours in advance. Yield is only estimated depending on the size of bars. Cooking time is for the filling and crust.

Top Review by Katiegram

Made these at Christmas and everyone wanted the recipe. I made them exactly as the recipe stated, but I do think next time I will spread some apricot all-fruit spread on the crust before adding the apricot filling so that there will be more apricot flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8x8-inch baking dish.
  3. For the shortbread crust: blend flour, sugar and salt together for about 10 seconds in a processor.
  4. Add in cold butter using on/off turns, and process until coarse meal forms.
  5. Press crumbs firmly into bottom of the pan.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the center is golden, remove and keep oven heat on to same temperature.
  7. To make the filling: place apricots in a small saucepan and add enough water to cover; bring to a boil and simmer until soft (about 4 minutes) drain, and set aside.
  8. In a small bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
  9. Using an electric mixer beat eggs in a large bowl for about 2 minutes.
  10. Add in brown sugar and vanilla and beat until thick.
  11. Stir in flour mixture.
  12. Mix/mix in the apricots and nuts.
  13. Spread over the shortbread crust.
  14. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until puffed and dark golden brown.
  15. Cool in dish.
  16. Cut into small squares or triangles, and dust lightly with powdered sugar.

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