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       Title: Nutty Apricot Bars
  Categories: Desserts, Fruits
       Yield: 48 servings
  
      12 oz Apricots - dried
     3/4 c  Sugar
     3/4 c  Butter / margarine -softened
       1 c  Sugar
       2 c  Flour- all purpose
     1/2 t  Baking soda
     1/4 t  Salt
       3 oz Coconut - flaked
     1/2 c  Pecans or walnuts - chopped
  
     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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