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Apricot Meringue Bars

 Apricot Meringue Bars
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
32 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Spread
  • apricot filling over crust.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Apricot Meringue Bars (continued)

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