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Apricot Bars

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Summer’s over, and if you have an apricot tree you are probably up to your eyeballs in apricot preserves. It need not go to waste. Here’s a refreshing little treat that my dad always made when I was a kid.  I’m not sure where this recipe came from, but it’s a good one.

¾ C Butter (softened)
1 C Sugar
1 Egg
2 C Flour
¼ t. Baking Powder
½ C Chopped Nuts (optional, I never use them in this recipe)
½ t. Vanilla Extract 
12 Oz. Apricot Jam (Just under one pint, I say just use the whole pint though.)

Mix all ingredients except Jam.  Pat 2/3rds of this mixture into a buttered 9×13 pan to make a crust. Spread the Jam evenly over the crust mixture.  Crumble the rest of the crust mixture over the jam evenly.  Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes /until edges are golden brown.  Let cool then cut into bars and enjoy.