Cranberry-Apricot Bars

Add some delicious cheer to those dessert plates with a bright, fruity bar filling atop a simple, sweet crust. They’re chock full of honey-glazed cranberries and apricots.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

Crust

1 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4
cup sugar

Filling

1/2
cup chopped dried apricots
1/2
cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/4
cup sugar
1
tablespoon cornstarch
1/4
cup honey
3
tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line 8-inch square pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat crust ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Press in pan.
  • 2 Bake 28 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix filling ingredients.
  • 3 Remove partially baked crust from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Spread filling evenly over crust.
  • 4 Bake 8 to 10 minutes longer or until mixture is set and appears glossy. Cool completely, about 45 minutes. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.

Expert Tips

Feel free to use sweetened dried cherries instead of the cranberries.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
160
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
40mg
40%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
16g
16%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 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 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.