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Layered Apricot Squares recipe

A layered cookie bar made with dried apricotsand white chocolate chips.

Recipe: Layered Apricot Squares

1 (12-ounce) package white chocolate chips- divided use
1 (6-ounce) package dried apricots, cut into 1/4-inch width pieces
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour – divided use
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 tablespoons honey
1 large egg white
1/2 teaspoon vegetable shortening

  • Heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Set aside 1/3 cup chocolate chips forglaze.
  • Stir together apricots and water in smallbowl; cover. Let stand 5 minutes; drain.
  • Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat butter,granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until well blended.
  • Stir together 1 cup flour, baking sodaand salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until wellblended.
  • Stir in remaining 1 2/3 cups chocolatechips; press mixture onto bottom of ungreased 8-inch square bakingpan. Spread softened apricots over cookie base.
  • Stir together wheat germ, remaining 2tablespoons flour, honey and egg white until blended; crumbleover apricots.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned.Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  • In small microwave-safe bowl, stir togetherreserved 1/3 cup chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave atHIGH (100%) 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at HIGHan additional 15 seconds or until chips are melted when stirred.
  • Using tines of fork, drizzle mixture overtop; let stand until glaze is firm. Cut into bars.

    Makes about 16 bars.


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    Big, steaming cups of hot coffee were the first order of the morning as I plowed my way through a platter of cookies while they were being nice, polite gentlemen and trying to properly welcome a visitor. Normally I make a nosedive into anything chocolate, but it was the Apricot Bars with their crumbly nut topping that I found myself reaching for repeatedly. David or any readers do you recommend one of their books over the other? I ve been wanting to get one for a while now but can never decide which to get, so I just end up drooling over their recipes from a distance.


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