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Alpine Apricot Squares

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Here is the apricot cookie recipe that so many of you asked for. Several years ago my sister gave me a coffee table cookbook, from the Jr. League of Denver. This book has become one of my favorites and every recipe I have tried has been unusual and wonderful. This bar cookie recipe is a great example.

2/3 c. Dried Apricots
1 c. Water

Rinse apricots then simmer in water for 10 minutes. Drain well, chop and set aside.

1/2 c. Butter
1/4 c. Sugar
1 c. All-Purpose Flour

Mix together the sugar and flour. Cut in the butter with your finger tips or a pastry blender.
Press in bottom of a 9X13 pan and bake at 325° for 25 minutes or until very light brown.

2 Large Eggs
1 c. Packed Light Brown Sugar
1/3 c. All-Purpose Flour
1/2 t. Baking Powder
1/4 t. Salt
1 t. Vanilla
1 t. Lemon Juice
1 c. Chopped Pecans
3/4 c. Coconut

Beat eggs well then gradually add brown sugar. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to egg mixture along with vanilla and lemon juice. Fold in nuts, apricots and coconut. Pour over baked crust and bake an additional 20 minutes. Cool and dust with powdered sugar. Cut in bars or triangles.