Dried Apricots, Walnuts - Apricot Nut Bars

Updated: Apr 20, 2018

1-cup flour

Dash of salt

¼ cup butter

½ cup snipped dried apricots

¾ cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

½ cup shredded coconut

1 tsp vanilla

2 Tablespoons flour

2 Tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons shredded orange peel

1 ¼ cup powdered sugar

1-2 tablespoons juice of orange

½ cup chopped walnuts

Combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly; press into bottom of a lightly greased 11x7x1 ½-baking. 10pan. Bake at 375 fir 1 minutes. Meanwhile in a small saucepan combine apricots and enough water to cover. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer covered for 10 minutes; drain. Stir together brown sugar and eggs till combined. Stir in drained apricots, walnuts, coconut, and vanilla. Add flour; stir until combined. Spread apricot mixture evenly over baked crust. Bake 375 for 15 minutes; cool.  For the frosting: beat butter and orange peel with mixer until combined. At low speed gradually beat in the powdered sugar. Add orange juice a little at a time, until it is spreading consistency. Spread frosting over cooled bars and sprinkle with the walnuts.

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