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 User ID: 2694585 59449
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

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

xicota User ID: 944314 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 User ID: 4636324 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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