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       Title: Nutty Apricot Bars
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 24 servings
  
       2 pk Dried apricots (6-oz)
     3/4 c  Sugar
     3/4 c  Butter or margarine;
            -softened
       1 c  Sugar
       2 c  All-purpose flour
     1/2 ts Baking soda
     1/4 ts Salt
       1 cn Flaked coconut (3-oz)
     1/2 c  Pecans or walnuts; chopped
  
   Recipe by: Southern Living
   Preparation Time: 0:30
   Cover apricots with water, and bring to a boil; reduce
   heat, and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until tender.
   Drain, reserving 1/4 cup liquid.  Coarsely chop apricots,
   and set aside.   Combine reserved apricot liquid and 3/4
   cup sugar in a saucepan; simmer 5 minutes.  Stir in chopped
   apricots. Cream butter; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating
   at medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
   
   Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; add floured mixture
   to creamed mixture, mixing well (mixture will be crumbly).
   Stir in coconut and pecans.  Pat about three-fourths of
   coconut mixture into an ungreased 13- x 9- x 2-inch pan.
   Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Spread apricot mixture
   evenly over crust, spreading to within 1/4 inch from edge
   of pan.  Sprinkle with remaining coconut mixture.  Bake an
   additional 30 minutes.  Let cool in pan; chill.  Cut into
   bars.  Store in refrigerator.  Yield:  about 4 dozen.
  
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