Prep and Cook Time: about 1 hour. Notes: These fruit-filled bar cookies can be stored airtight for up to 3 days.

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Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes 36 bars
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and the brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and orange peel until well blended.

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  • In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir or beat into butter mixture until well blended. Stir in apricots and raisins.

  • Spread batter evenly in a buttered and floured 10- by 15-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350° oven until center springs back when pressed and bar is no longer wet in the center (cut to test), 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a 1- to 1 1/2-quart pan, combine remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the apricot brandy, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat; remove syrup from heat and let stand. In a bowl, stir remaining 4 teaspoons lemon juice and the powdered sugar until smooth.

  • Spoon apricot syrup evenly over warm bar. Let cool completely, then cut into 36 bars. Drizzle lemon icing over bars in pan.

  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.

Nutrition Facts

148 calories; calories from fat 35%; protein 1.6g; fat 5.8g; saturated fat 3.4g; carbohydrates 23g; fiber 0.9g; sodium 94mg; cholesterol 38mg.
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