Apricot Bars with Cardamom-Butter Glaze

Honorable Mention - Contest Recipe 2008! Apricots and almond flavoring marry in a delicious fruit bar.

  • Prep Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 32

Ingredients

Filling

1
large orange
2
cups chopped dried apricots
1/4
cup granulated sugar
2/3
cup water
2
tablespoons butter or margarine

Cookie Base

1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
1
teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2
cup cold butter or margarine
1/4
teaspoon almond extract
1
egg, slightly beaten
1/2
cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped

Glaze

1/2
cup powdered sugar
2
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/4
teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4
teaspoon almond extract
1
to 2 teaspoons warm water
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Grate 2 teaspoons peel and squeeze juice from orange. In 2-quart saucepan, heat orange juice, orange peel, apricots, granulated sugar and 2/3 cup water to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter; stir until melted. Mash filling with fork or potato masher until fairly smooth. Set aside.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix cookie mix and 1 teaspoon cardamom. Cut in 1/2 cup butter, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture is crumbly. Add almond extract and egg; toss with fork to combine. Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture.
  • 3 Press remaining crumb mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  • 4 Spoon filling evenly over warm cookie base. Stir almonds into reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over filling. Bake 25 to 30 minutes longer or until topping is light golden brown. Cool 10 minutes.
  • 5 In small bowl, stir glaze ingredients, using enough warm water until glaze is thin enough to drizzle. Place glaze in small resealable plastic food-storage bag; seal bag. Cut off small tip from one corner of bag. Squeeze bag to drizzle glaze over warm bars. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature.

Expert Tips

No cardamom? It's a unique aromatic spice, a member of the ginger family and also a bit pricey. If you leave it out of the recipe, the flavor will be different, but you'll still get a delicious bar. Go ahead and try it.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
150
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
80mg
80%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
15g
15%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.