Apricot Squares Recipe
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Apricot Squares Recipe

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I remember my mom making these fruity bars for PTA meetings when I was in elementary school more than 40 years ago. Now I serve these bars for a variety of functions.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar (18 ounces) apricot preserves
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 212 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 130 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Combine the flour, orange peel, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Set aside one-third for the topping.
  2. Press remaining dough into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Combine preserves, lemon juice and peel; spread evenly over crust.
  3. Crumble reserved dough over filling. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Apricot Squares in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p83

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Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"I have made these bars countless times. They are that good! Everyone in my family loves 'em!"

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"great; made in a glass 9 x 13 pan cooked @ 325 - 20 mins longer"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"These bars were easy to make and very tasty. I thought 4 tsp of orange peel might be a little much but the tartness with the sweet crust was very good."

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