Apricot Pecan Bars

  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2⅔ cups apricots; dried
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 cups brown sugar; firmly packed
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups Pecan Valley Pecan Pieces
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Stir in flour until crumbly. Pack into a 12-inch-by-18 pan.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. Cook apricots in small amount of water until softened, drain and process until pureed in food processor.
  5. In a large mixing bowl beat brown sugar and eggs together until well-blended. Add dry ingredients and mix until blended.
  6. Add vanilla, apricots and nuts and mix until blended. Spread over baked layer.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until golden. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into pieces approximately 1½-inch by ¾-inch.
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