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Apricot Almond Bars

Ingredients
  Butter/Margarine 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Sifted powdered sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Almond extract 3⁄4 Teaspoon, divided
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  All purpose flour 1 3⁄4 Cup (28 tbs)
  Finely chopped almonds 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), divided
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Apricot preserves 12 Ounce (1 jar)
Directions

Cream together butter, powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, and lemon juice.
Combine flour, 1/2 cup chopped almonds, and salt.
Stir dry ingredients into creamed mixture until crumbly.
Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture for the topping.
Pat remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 13- x 9-inch glass baking dish.
Combine apricot preserves and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
Spread over crumb layer in the pan.
Top apricot preserves layer with reserved crumb topping.
Sprinkle with remaining almonds.
Microwave at HIGH 6 to 8 minutes.
Rotate dish 1/2 turn at 3 minute intervals.
Let bars stand 3 to 5 minutes before cutting.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Microwaving
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Almond
Interest: 
Healthy

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