Apricot Meringue Bars Recipe
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Apricot Meringue Bars Recipe

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I'm expected to bring these wonderful treats to our family picnic each year. Their sweet apricot filling and delicate meringue topping make them everyone's favorite. I wouldn't dream of hosting a get-together without serving these bars. -Krissy Fossmeyer, Huntley, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) apricot filling
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 163 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and 1/2 cup sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Add egg yolks and vanilla. Press into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Spread apricot filling over crust.
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread the meringue evenly over filling; sprinkle with pecans.
  4. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Cool in pan on a wire rack (meringue will crack). Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 32 bars.
Originally published as Apricot Meringue Bars in Taste of Home October/November 2002, p29

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Joscy 59449
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"Look fwd. to making these over the summer. They surely look easy enough. Thank you for sharing!! K."

xicota 36288
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Apricot is one of my favorite fruits, so I'm always eager to try a recipe that uses them. These bars are delicious! I used the Solo apricot filling---a bit expensive, but worth it! Thanks for sharing this recipe!"

kronic6875 65099
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"This is an easy dessert to make for any get together, and they taste great! I made them for a church function and got rave reviews! I substituted apricot preserves for the pie filling since it was cheaper and they came out even better!"

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