Today I tried the the Apricot-Pecan Crumb Bars from this months issues of Sunset Magazine. I changed it up a little by adding walnuts instead of pecans. Walnuts are more affordable and just as good.
- 2 cups flour
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup walnut halves
- Preheat oven to 325°. Put flour, butter, granulated sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low speed until blended, then increase to medium and mix until dough is no longer crumbly and just comes together.
- Reserving 1 cup dough.
- Press remaining dough into the bottom of a greased 9- by 9-in. baking pan. Spread 1 cup apricot preserves over dough.
- In a bowl, combine reserved dough with 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 cup walnut halves (that I have crushed to make them more bite size) and crumble mixture over preserves.
- Bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 50 minutes. Let cool completely, then cut into 16 squares.
These turned out more than wonderful!!! A little to messy for candy stocking stuffers got my work but a great sweet snack with coffee.