Impress your guests with these beautiful Apricot Bars.
Juicy apricots and crunchy walnuts sit on a crispy shortbread cake. Perfect for an afternoon treat or after-dinner dessert!
We This Apricot Dessert Bar Works
FLAVOR - Dried apricots and walnuts are a winning flavor combination.
TEXTURE - The crunchy shortbread works beautifully with the moist apricot and walnut cake. Sprinkling a light layer of powdered sugar makes it look like a dessert treat from a fancy bakery.
MAKE A HEAD - This dessert treat can be made a day in advance.
BRUNCH - Perfect to feed a brunch crowd.
Please check the recipe card below for a detailed, printable ingredient list.
APRICOTS - You can find dried apricots in most major supermarkets. My favorites are the ones from Costco. They are very flavorful, moist for a long time, and well-priced.
NUTS - Walnuts add a bit of crunch.
FLOUR - all-purpose flour works great for this dessert recipe.
BUTTER - Make sure to use unsalted butter that is chilled. Meaning it should come straight out of the fridge.
SUGAR - For this recipe, we'll use granulated sugar (for the crust) and brown sugar for the filling.
EGGS - Add to the structure moisture, texture, and richness of the apricot walnut dessert bars.
VANILLA - A splash of vanilla extract adds flavor and aroma.
RELATED RECIPE: Love apricot-filled desserts? Be sure also to check out our incredibly easy 4-ingredient Apricot Tarts.
How To Make Apricot Walnut Bars
Please check the printable recipe card below for more detailed instructions.
- MAKE CRUST - Blend flour, sugar, butter, and salt in a food processor.
- FIRST BAKE - Transfer the dough to a pre-greased baking dish and mold it into the bottom. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the center is golden-brown. Remove and set aside.
- MAKE FILLING - Beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium-high in a large bowl until creamy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and combine well. Fold in apricots and walnuts.
- SECOND BAKE - Pour the batter over the pre-baked crust and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit. Cool and dust with powdered sugar.
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- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar optional
- Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Grease an 8x8-inch baking dish. Set aside.
- Combine flour, sugar, and butter in a food processor. Add a pinch of salt. Process in a food processor until well combined and crumbly.
- Transfer the dough to a pre-greased baking dish and mold it into the bottom of the dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the center is golden-brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- Use a large mixing bowl and beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on medium-high until creamy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt to the creamy eggs and combine well. Stir in apricots and walnuts.
- Pour the batter over the baked baselayer. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit. Once cool, dust with confectioner's sugar. Cut into squares and enjoy.