Apricot Bars, made for my Guild meeting last night. I think my sister quilters liked them. There were only a few to take home at the end of the meeting. The leftovers went well with my morning coffee - not quite Dean & Deluca pastry - but, pretty close as far as I'm concerned.
3/4 cup butter (room temp)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Dash of salt
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped nuts
1 (12 oz) jar of apricot preserves
Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl,set aside. Cream butter and sugar together, add egg and vanilla, mix well. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture to make soft dough; stir in coconut and nuts. Press 2/3 of dough into a 9x13 inch lightly greased baking pan, using buttered hands to cover bottom of pan. Spread dough with apricot preserves to within 1/2 inch of edges. Crumble remaining dough over preserves and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until top is light golden brown. Cool in pan and cut into small squares. Yield: 36 bars.
Note: if you don't care for apricot preserves try strawberry or peach