Apricot-Cranberry-Nut Bars

Apricot-Cranberry-Nut Bars

Relish these bars packed with apricot, cranberry and pecans – a nutty dessert.

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Base and Topping
(15.6-oz.) pkg. cranberry-orange quick bread mix
cup butter, softened
egg, slightly beaten
(12-oz.) can apricot filling
(3-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, cut into small pieces
cup chopped pecans
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square pan. Place bread mix in large bowl. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg; mix well. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture evenly in bottom of greased pan.
  2. In small bowl, combine all filling ingredients; stir gently to mix (do not break up cream cheese). Spread filling evenly over base. With fingers, crumble reserved mixture and sprinkle evenly over filling; press lightly.
  3. Bake at 350°F. for 30 to 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 20 bars
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Ingredient Info
Look for apricot filling in the supermarket next to pie filling.
Kitchen Tips
Do not use whipped margarine, butter or low-fat spread for baking. Whipped solid fats contain air and water to make them the right consistency for spreading. The extra ingredients make these whipped fats unreliable in baked recipes.
Nuts have a high fat content, which can make them turn rancid. It's best to purchase only the amount of nuts you'll immediately use. Otherwise, seal the nuts in an airtight container and freeze them for up to six months. Taste the nuts to be certain they are fresh before adding them to recipes.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Bar)
  • Calories 170
    • (Calories from Fat 70),
  • Total Fat 8g
    • (Saturated Fat 4g,),
  • Cholesterol 25mg;
  • Sodium 140mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 23g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 13g),
  • Protein 2g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1/2 Starch;
    • 1 Fruit;
    • 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 1 1/2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.