I'm surprised how simple they were to make. Also, you could easily use a fruit flavor other than apricot is that isn't your cup of tea.
- 2 cups butter, unsalted and softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup chopped pecans (optional, but it's best with them)
- 1 ~10oz can of apricot filling
- ~1/4 cup powder sugar
- 11x15 jelly roll pan (however, I used a plain pyrex glass baking dish without any issues)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar
- Mix in egg yolks; one at a time
- Add flour and pecans; mix (dough will be pretty crumbly)
- Grease pan with butter wrapper
- Split your "dough" in half; spread half of the dough on the bottom of the pan
- Spread apricot filling on top of dough
- Using a small spoon; drop the rest of the dough on top of the apricot. (Smoothing will take place during baking)
- Bake for 18-20 minutes
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar before eating
Also, note, you can easily cut this recipe in half to make a smaller serving. This is what I did. I originally planned on using a ~6x8 pan but still had so much dough that I made a second pan (using a bread pan). For the second pan I used grape jelly instead of apricot, knowing how picky Ben is.
The funny this is that when I asked him how he liked the bars, his response was: "The blueberry is a lot better than the peach"....well, darling, considering you got both flavors wrong, I'm not sure that I should be concerned about your critique.