Apricot Walnut Bars
Author: Betsy Cohen
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 55 mins
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Ingredients
  • 2-1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 2 cups walnuts halves, divided
  • 24 tablespoons (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into tablespoons
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces apricot preserves
  • confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray the bottom of a 13" x 9½" baking pan and line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place the flour, sugar and salt into a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process to blend. Add the coconut and 1 cup of walnuts. Process until smooth. Add the butter and vanilla. Pulse on/off just until the dough holds together. Don't worry if all of the butter is not completely blended.
  3. Use the palm of your hand to press ⅔ of the dough onto the bottom of the prepared pan.
  4. Spread the apricot preserves over the dough.
  5. Flatten pieces of the remaining dough in the palm of your hand. Lay the pieces over the preserves.
  6. Break the remaining cup of walnuts into pieces and spread them evenly over the top. Gently press the walnuts into the dough.
  7. Bake at 350° F for 55 minutes, rotating the pan front to back halfway through.
  8. Cool completely and refrigerate until cold.
  9. Lift the parchment paper out of the pan and transfer it to a cutting board. Cut into bars.
  10. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and serve.
Recipe by Desserts Required at https://www.dessertsrequired.com/apricot-walnut-bars