Apricot squares

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
⅔ cup Dried apricots
½ cup Butter, softened
¼ cup Sugar
1⅓ cup Flour, divided
1 cup Light brown sugar, packed
2 Eggs
½ cup Chopped almonds or walnuts
½ teaspoon Double-acting baking powder
½ teaspoon Vanilla
¼ teaspoon Salt
Confectioners sugar

You can use either almonds or walnuts in this recipe-each gives a very different flavor.

In a small saucepan, place apricots and cover with water. Cook, covered, over low heat for 15 minutes. Drain, and when apricots are cool enough to handle, chop finely. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350ø. Grease 8 x 8-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and 1 cup flour until well mixed and crumbly; pat into bottom of pan. Bake 20 minutes at 350ø or just until golden.

While batter is in oven, use the same bowl to mix all remaining ingredients (including apricots) except confectioners sugar. Pour over baked layer and return to oven for 25 minutes.

Remove from oven; cool in pan before cutting in squares or oblongs with a sharp knife. Dust with confectioners sugar.

Yield: 16-20 squares or oblongs. Martina Boudreau, St. Louis, MO Randy Shearer

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