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       Title: Nutty Apricot Bars 
  Categories: Desserts, Fruits
       Yield: 48 servings
  
      12 oz Apricots - dried                  1/2 ts Baking soda
     3/4 c  Sugar                             1/4 ts Salt
     3/4 c  Butter / margarine -softened        3 oz Coconut - flaked
       1 c  Sugar                             1/2 c  Pecans or walnuts - chopped
       2 c  Flour- all purpose             
  
     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 and ungreased 13x9x2 inch pan.  Bake at 350F 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. 
   From the Southern Living Cookbook 
  
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