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Quick Apricot Almond Bars

This is a bar that my mom used to make and was known as one of her specialties. These bars are sensational and since the recipe makes a lot, they're perfect for family gatherings and potlucks.—Jill Cox, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apricot preserves

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until light and creamy. Add flour and salt; mix well (mixture will be crumbly).
  • Press into an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, for topping, in a large bowl, beat the flour, sugars, butter, baking powder, salt and almond extract until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in almonds.
  • Spread preserves over crust; spread topping over preserves. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 145 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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