Apricot Bars
25
bars
25 min
PREP TIME
1 hr 20 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

Bars

3/4 cup finely chopped dried apricots

2 tablespoons apricot preserves

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter melted

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/3 cup shredded coconut

2/3 cup chopped walnuts

Glaze

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 to 3 teaspoons milk

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch square baking pan with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine chopped apricots and preserves in bowl; set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in another bowl; stir until well mixed. Set aside.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine melted butter and brown sugar in bowl until well mixed. Add eggs and vanilla; beat with whisk until well mixed. Add flour mixture; continue beating with whisk until batter forms. Stir in coconut, walnuts and apricot mixture.

  5. STEP 5

    Spread mixture into prepared pan, smoothing top. Bake 24-29 minutes or until top is golden brown and just set. Cool completely.

  6. STEP 6

    Combine powdered sugar and enough milk for desired glazing consistency in bowl. Drizzle over cooled bars.

Tip #1

When cutting dried fruit, lightly brush knife with vegetable oil to prevent sticking; repeat if necessary.

Nutrition

130Calories
6Fat (mg)
25Cholesterol (mg)
70Sodium (mg)
17Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)

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  November 12, 2014

About a week ago, I decided I wanted to make a bar that featured apricots. I have been cruising the net in search thereof. I found several, but something about their composition told me they weren't quite what I was looking for. With 40+ years of baking under my belt, at this point I usually start experimenting & developing my own recipe. Imagine my delight this morning when I found the link to this recipe in my inbox. I would have never have thought of combining the preserves with the diced dried fruit. That, and the touch of coconut & nuts, should make this bar really stand out. I look forward to trying the out after my next grocery shopping trip. By the way, I am with Helen, I shall be subbing in almonds for the walnuts. My neighborhood bakery that closed a number of years ago used to make an almond and apricot danish that was to die for. I haven't been able to find anything remotely similar to their balance of flavors. This looks so very promising.

— says Tante Cindy
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  September 28, 2014

I made this recipe for the first time last night for after church coffee this morning. I admit I often try out my new recipes this way. I'm never disappointed with LO'L recipes and this one was no exception. It came out deliciously moist and just a bit chewy, easy to cut into squares. Everybody liked it. I will make it again. One thing I did change was the nuts, I prefer almonds in cooking to walnuts, personal preference. For the shredded coconut I used the usual sweetened variety. I might substitute unsweetened next time, I'm not fond of overly sweet cookies and bars so I tend to skimp a bit on sugar.

— says Helen
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