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Homestyle Apricot Bars



2 cups Mariani California Apricots
1/2 cup firm margarine or butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
2 cups packed brown sugar

4 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup all purpose baking mix
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts
powdered sugar



Preheat oven to 350° F

Place apricots in a 2 quart saucepan, add enough water to cover. Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Cool, chop and set aside.

Cut butter into granulated sugar and 2 1/2 cups all purpose baking mix until crumbly. Pat into an un-greased jellyroll pan, 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 inch. Bake 10 minutes. Beat brown sugar and eggs. Stir in apricots, 2/3 cup all purpose baking mix, vanilla and nuts. Spread over baked layer. Bake 30 minutes longer. Cool completely. Cut into 1 x 2-inch bars. Roll in powdered sugar.

Yeilds 75 bars.


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