Almond Apricot Sugar Bars

I love to have friends over so why don’t I have them over more often? No clue. But I do have a clue to a yummy dessert to serve when guests do come over, especially when you don’t want their hands to get sticky. (Not that I have friends that don’t know how to eat and clean up after themselves). Oh boy, I feel myself putting the old’ big foot in my mouth. Let me explain. 🙂

Last evening I had a Silpada party, which, by the way, was very successful! When one has a jewelry party, the guests spend their time looking at lovely jewelry while chatting and munching. Now, would you want your guests to touch the jewelry with sticky hands? Is that enough of an explanation? Well, with that said, I decided to make a couple desserts, one of them being an apricot bar, that would be a non-messy treat. Mmmm. My favorite, apricot. This bar is very easy to make and the task becomes even easier if you use a touch of sugar cookie mix.

The entire recipe is below, but I know many of my readers have lives, busy lives, while I don’t.  So, if you use a prepared sugar cookie mix, make it according to the package directions but include a tsp. of almond extract. Enjoy, and by the way, if you get a chance to go to a Silpada party, go! Even better, host one! I am not a representative for the company, nor is this a plug by any means, but at my party last night I earned over $500 worth of the beautiful sterling silver jewellery, enjoyed berry martinis, and most importantly enjoyed the company of some very dear friends!

Apricot Almond Bars

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tbsps. butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup apricot preserves

Direction

  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter, sugar, and egg till smooth.
  4. Stir in milk and almond extract.
  5. Add in dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  6. Press half of the batter into a greased 8 X 8-inch pan.
  7. Bake for about 9 minutes until light brown. Remove from oven.
  8. Spread with apricot jam (or jam of your choice).
  9. Top with the rest of the cookie dough, crumbling it as you place it on the top.
  10. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t overcook!

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