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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 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
  • 1 jar (18 ounces) apricot preserves
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  • 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.
  • Press remaining dough into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Combine preserves, lemon juice and zest; 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.
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  • ichnusa
    Dec 7, 2012

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

  • cklayum
    Dec 30, 2010

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

  • jenny4b
    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.