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Winning Apricot Bars Recipe
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Winning Apricot Bars Recipe

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This recipe is "down-home" baking at its best, and it really represents all regions of the country! It's won blue ribbons at county fairs and cookie contests in several states! This treat is easy to make, and it's perfect for potluck suppers, bake sales, lunch boxes, or just plain snacking.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar (10 to 12 ounces) apricot preserves

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 259 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 111 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add egg; mix well. Combine flour and baking powder. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in coconut and walnuts.
  2. Press two-thirds of dough into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Spread with preserves; crumble remaining dough over preserves. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Apricot Bars in Country December/January 1991, p47

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 259 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 111 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

Nice reward for very little effort. I will definitely make again and experiment with other jams/preserves. I suspect apricot will remain the favorite, though.

I used standard shredded coconut (not flaked) and it worked fine. It added a nice bit of texture. Might try toasting it next time just for kicks.

As-is, though, this is a great recipe for those desperation times when you realize you have to bake something for your kid's class the following day...you're already going to have all of this in your pantry and the baking time is short!

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Reviewed Sep. 11, 2012

loved the bars. Would make again.

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Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

These are wonderful! This is my go-to recipe for potlucks. Everybody loves them! I use pecans instead of walnuts. You can use your favorite jam and still come out with the same tasty results.

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Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

This recipe is easy and great for anyone that really likes apricots. My husband is a big fan. You can also use any flavor preserves.

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