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Apricot Squares

 Apricot Squares
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.
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Press remaining dough into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • Combine preserves, lemon juice and peel; spread evenly over crust.
  • 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.

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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.