Apricot-cardamom bars

Yield: 24 bars

Measure Ingredient
1 cup All-purpose flour
½ cup Brown sugar, packed
½ teaspoon Baking powder
¼ teaspoon Baking soda
¼ teaspoon Ground cardamom; OR... Ground cloves
½ cup Apricot nectar
½ cup Powdered sugar
3 teaspoons Apricot nectar OR- Orange juice
¼ cup Unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons Cooking oil
1 Egg; slightly beaten
½ cup Dried apricots (finely snipped) OR- Orange juice


In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cardamom or cloves; set aside. Stir together apricot nectar or orange juice, applesauce, oil, and egg till combined. Add to dry ingredients, stirring till just combined.

Stir in the snipped apricots.

Spread batter in an ungreased 11 x 7 x 1-½-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 F oven about 25 minutes or till a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Drizzle with Apricot Icing. Cut into bars.

Apricot Icing: In a small mixing bowl, stir together 2 to 3 teaspoons apricot nectar or orange juice. Nutrition facts per serving: 67 cal., 1 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 9 mg chol., 17 mg sodium, 13 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 1 g pro. Daily Value: 3% vit. A, 3% vit. C, 0% calcium, 3% iron. * Source: Better Homes and Gardens, January 1994 * Typed for you by Karen Mintzias Submitted By JOELL ABBOTT On 01-25-95

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