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Snowy Apricot Bars Recipe

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A dusting of confectioners' sugar adds to the appeal of these soft and chewy apricot bars. A packages baking mix makes them a snap to prepare.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (6 ounces) dried apricots
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-1/2 cups plus 2/3 cup biscuit/baking mix, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 196 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 205 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, bring the apricots and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Drain and cool. Chop apricots and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine 2-1/2 cups biscuit mix and sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Pat into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a large bowl, beat brown sugar and eggs until blended. Stir in the apricots, walnuts, vanilla and remaining biscuit mix; spread over crust.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Snowy Apricot Bars in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p80

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 196 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 205 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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