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Apricot Almond Bars (Nebraska State Fair Winner)

State fair winning recipe also makes for a super coffee cake on weekend mornings.

Apricot Almond Bars

Apricot Almond Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) pound cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 3/4 cup Gurley’s flake coconut
  • 3/4 cup Gurley’s sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, 2 eggs, butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat until well blended.
  3. Fold in dried apricots.
  4. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; set aside.
  5. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, preserves and remaining vanilla.
  6. Add remaining eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
  7. Gently spread over cake batter. Sprinkle with coconut and almonds.
  8. Bake at for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool and cut into bars.
  10. Refrigerate leftovers.