Apricot Gems

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • Powdered (confectioners) sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square pan. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, place apricots; cover with water and slowly boil 10 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and cool. When cool, chop into small pieces; set aside.
  2. In a food processor, mix butter, sugar, and 1 cup flour until crumbly.
  3. Spread mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until light brown; remove from oven.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, gradually beat brown sugar into eggs; add to four mixture and stir until well combined. Mix in vanilla extract, nuts, and apricots; spread onto top of baked layer.
  5. Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned; cool completely in baking pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars and then roll in sifted powdered sugar.

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