Brandied Cranberry-Apricot Bars

Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr

This recipe won the 1996 Grand Prize in the Prize Tested Recipes contest in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Delicious! A French recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 4 cup glass measuring bowl combine raisins, cranberries, apricots, and brandy or water.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap; turn back a corner to vent.
  3. Cook on high for 2 minutes.
  4. (Or, place fruit and brandy in a saucepan; bring to boiling. Remove from heat.) Let stand for 20 minutes.
  5. Drain.
  6. For crust, in a medium mixing bowl stir together 1 cup flour and 1/3 cup brown sugar.
  7. Cut in margarine or butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  8. Press into an ungreased 8x8x2-inch baking pan.
  9. Bake in a 350* oven about 20 minutes.
  10. or till golden.
  11. In a medium bowl beat eggs with a mixer on low speed for 4 minutes.
  12. ;stir in the 1 cup brown sugar, the 1/2 cup flour, and vanilla.
  13. Add drained fruit and nuts; stir to mix.
  14. Pour mixture over crust; spread evenly.
  15. Bake about 40 minutes.
  16. or till a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, covering with foil the last 10 minutes.
  17. to prevent over-browning.
  18. Cool.
  19. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  20. To serve, cut into squares.
  21. Makes 16 bars.
Most Helpful

Honestly do not know how I missed this recipe - what a wonderful combination and will be great at Xmas. Thanks for submitting - highly recommended as an adult dessert.

waynejohn1234 October 07, 2008

These are extremely rich!! A little bite goes a long way. The fruit is a nice mixture with the flavors blending together well. I plumped the fruit in orange juice in place of the brandy and as I was doing the review I looked up and saw pecans. As you can guess, I left them out as well as the powdered sugar.

PaulaG June 30, 2006

These are yummy, and I could have eaten the brandy-soaked fruit by the spoonful! I'd never made anything quite like this before, so I wasn't sure what the finished texture should be, but I didn't think the center was done at 40 minutes and wound up baking it about 10 minutes longer.

ReeLani June 09, 2003