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Apricot-Cardamon Bars & Apricot Icing

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Servings: 24
Categories: Bars / Desserts

    -----COOKIE BAR-----
1  cup  All-purpose flour
1/2  cup  Packed brown sugar
1/2  teaspoon  Baking powder
1/4  teaspoon  Baking soda
1/4  teaspoon  Ground cardamom
    Or 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/2  cup  Apricot nectar or orange
1/4  cup  Unsweetened applesauce
2  tablespoons  Cooking oil
1    Slightly beaten egg
1/2  cup  Finely snipped dried apricos
1    Recipe Apricot Icing
    -----APRICOT ICING-----
1/2  cup  Powdered sugar
2    To three teaspoons apricot
    Nectar or orange juice

In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cardamom or cloves; set aside. Stir together apricot nectar or orange juice, applesauce, oil, and egg till combined. Sit in the snipped apricots. Spread batter in an ungreased 11x7x1-1/2-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350-degree oven about 25 minutes or till a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Drizzle with Apricot Icing. Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars. APRICOT ICING: In a small mixing bowl stir together 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 2 to 3 teaspoons apricot nectar or orange juice. NUTRITION FACTS PER SERVING: 67 cal., 1 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 9 mg chol., 17 mg sodium, 13 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 1 g pro. Daily Value: 3% vit. A, 3% vit. C, 0% calcium, 3% iron.

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