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Raspberry Apricot Almond Bars

These yummy bars were featured at the 2010 Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie Tour. The tour features 12 different inns in the Mt. Washington valley and is held the second weekend in December each year.
Recipe chef is Inn at Ellis River in Jackson, NH
Recipe courtesy of Inn at Ellis River
Prep Time : 30 minutes
Cook Time : 45 minutes
Yield : 3 dozen
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Ingredients
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces dried apricots
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto
  • 1 ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons natural almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 2/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Preparation
Preparation
In a small saucepan, place apricots and water, cover and allow to stand two hours. Simmer 20 minutes over very low heat, tightly covered, until apricots are soft. Place apricots, remaining cooking liquid and Amaretto in a mini food processor and process until smooth.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 13 x 9 inch pan. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar, vanilla, almond extract, and salt. Gradually add flour and beat until combined. Pat approximately 1/2 of the dough into the pan and bake in preheated oven 20-25 minutes until firm and edges are slightly brown. Remove from oven and spread apricot mixture over dough. Place raspberry jam in dollops over apricot filling and swirl. Then sprinkle with chopped almonds and white chocolate chips and crumble the remaining dough over the top. Return to oven and bake 20 minutes or until top is lightly browned.