2/3 cup dried apricots 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1/4 cup sugar 1 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup flour 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs, well beaten 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup chopped nuts powdered sugar
Cover apricots with water, and boil for 10 minutes. Drain, and chop.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8x2-inch pan.
Mix together butter, sugar and 1 cup of the flour until crumbly. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan, and bake for 25 minutes.
Sift together baking powder, salt and remaining flour.
In a large bowl with mixer at low speed, gradually beat brown sugar into eggs. Mix in flour mixture and then vanilla. Stir in nuts and apricots. Spread over baked layer, and bake 30 minutes, or until done.
Cool in pan, cut into small bars and roll in powdered sugar.
Guest Foodie November 27, 2010 COMMENT: I didn't have butter at hand, however I had loads of peanuts, so I ground them into peanut butter and substituted that. I also added half a cup of rolled oats and an egg since after the oats it seemed to come apart a bit. Subbed half of the white flour for full wheat flour and reduced the amount of brown sugar in the topping by half.
coachmom2 December 24, 2009 REVIEW:
Remember these from my childhood. Next time will increase to 3 eggs.
staying heathy May 20, 2009 COMMENT: Can't believe other reviews. I expected these to be sweet, but even small pieces (serves 16 - well make it 32) were so sweet my teeth ached.
Would try with only 1/2 C brown sugar (not 1 C) in topping and 1 C
nuts instead of 1/2 C & no powdered sugar at all! Would not serve them as in the recipe!!!!
marymurf May 12, 2009 REVIEW:
These were delicious -- I'll definitely make them again! Would be a great Book Club treat...
Toomanycots December 16, 2006 REVIEW:
Recipe not too hard, very tasty results. Will make again, larger batch to use up all those dried apricots.
Accordion Player February 12, 2006 REVIEW:
These are GREAT!! I took these to our Accordion Club and they were a hit! (And, contrary to popular opinion, accordion players do have taste.) Great recipe!
Guest Foodie January 23, 2006 REVIEW:
Our familiy couldn't be happier with how this recipe turned out. I followed the recipe exactly, and it was a huge hit.They are clamoring for me to make it again.
It takes a while to make because of the several steps, but the results are well worth it.