Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
During a visit to my future in-laws house many years ago, a friend of theirs made these delicious apricot bars. Before I flew home, I had the recipe in my hand to take back with me.
- 2⁄3 cup dried apricot
- boiling water
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
- 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1⁄3 cup flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup nuts, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the dried apricots into boiling water for 10 minutes; drain.
- Chop cooled apricots; set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
- Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
- In a small bowl, mix together butter, granulated sugar, and 1 cup flour.
- Press this mixture into prepared pan.
- Bake 25 minutes; set aside.
- In a small bowl, beat together eggs and brown sugar.
- Fold in 1/3 cup flour, baking powder, and salt; mix till combined.
- Stir in vanilla, chopped apricots, and nuts.
- Spread evenly over top of baked layer.
- Bake 30 to 40 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
- Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.
- Cut into squares.
We LOVED these! I had some fresh apricots to use up, so minced those very finely. Also, I was out of nuts so subbed coconut. Next time I will use both the coconut AND the nuts! Thanks for posting, Caryn.
I enjoyed these cookies so much! I thought 1/2 cup of butter was excessive so I only used 1/4 cup, with a bit of water to bring the dough together. The bottom layer held up great without the extra fat. When I make these again I may try doubling the bottom layer ingredients and making in a 9x13 pan, but keeping the top layer amounts the same. I thought the apricot layer was a little thick compared to the shortbread. Still, I gobbled up plenty of these gems.
Wow! These were delicious. I made them vegan by using Earth Balance vegan margarine, and 2 tablespoons of egg replacer + 6 T water instead of butter and eggs, respectively. They turned out great, I'll definitely make them again. Next time I'm going to try dried blueberries instead. Or apples and cranberries. Or maybe even fresh fruit...the possibilities are pretty great with this one.