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Apricot Squares

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Makes

2 dozen

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.
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Ingredients

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

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. Combine the flour, orange zest, 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 13x9-in. baking pan. Combine preserves, lemon juice and zest; 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 square: 212 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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