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Apricot and Date Bars
cups orange juice
cup chopped pitted dates
cup chopped dried apricots
cup dried cherries
cup apricot jam
pouch Betty Crocker™ snickerdoodle cookie mix
cup cold butter, cut into pieces
cup chopped pecans
In 2-quart saucepan, mix orange juice, dates, apricots and cherries. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain. In small bowl, mix dried fruit and apricot jam.
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, place cookie mix and cinnamon-sugar packet. Cut in butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through mix in opposite directions), until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture. Press remaining mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool.
Top partially baked crust with fruit mixture. Mix reserved 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture and the pecans. Sprinkle over fruit mixture.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about 1 hour. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
Use kitchen scissors to cut up sticky dried fruit like dates and apricots.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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