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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Apricot Almond Bars

I made Apricot Almond Bars for a bridal shower for one of our nephews fiance.  It was perfect for a spring wedding shower.  In the South, we do love to spread a table with a variety of tasty choices for our invited guests.  We cannot have a shower without our cheese straws.  Toasted pecans are always a good choice, too.  I could go on and on.  I do love preparing and setting a pretty table with good food.   You don't have to prepare the Apricot Almond Bars just for a special occasion.  They are also a good dessert for anytime.

                                                           Apricot Almond Bars


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
1/4 cup Crisco Shortening

In a mixing bowl, beat flour, sugar, butter, and shortening.  Pat into the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of an ungreased 13 in. X 9 in. X 2 in. baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 18 min. or until lightly browned. 


1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine, room temperature
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sliced almonds

For topping, beat egg, sugar, preserves, butter, and vanilla in a mixing bowl until smooth.  Spread over hot crust.  Sprinkle with almonds.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 - 20 min. 
Allow to cool and then cut into bars to serve.

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