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Apricot Shortbread Bars

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Posted to Thread #33 at 10:13 pm on May 1, 2006

Apricot Bars

I first posted this recipe in 2000. It's really a great recipe. I have tweaked it many ways over the years and have made them apricot, raspberry and strawberry. Slivered almonds make an especially elegant substitution but you just can't go wrong with these and they are so easy! I never make a single batch. They go fast! Hope this is what you are looking for.

c butter, soft (no margarine)
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 c flour
tsp baking powder
1 1/3 c sweetened coconut
c walnuts (Ive used pecans or almonds at various times)
tsp vanilla
12 oz apricot preserves (or other flavor)

In large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Add egg, mix well. Mix together the flour and baking powder and gradually add to the butter mixture. Add coconut, nuts and vanilla, blending well.

Press two thirds of the dough into a greased 9 x 13" baking pan. Spread with preserves. Crumble remaining dough over top of preserves. (Sliced almonds on top is a nice touch, though not in the recipe.)

Bake at 350F for 30 - 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.

Makes 36 bars.

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