Jo Anne Sugimoto


My mom used to make many varieties of apricot dessert because I loved apricots. I remember taking this dessert bar to school in my lunch box. I ate my sweets first, then ate my lunch . . . shh!!!


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8 x 8 pan


  • 1 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 stick
    butter, unsalted, softened
  • 1 c
    light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 large
  • 1 c
    dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    macadamia nuts, chopped



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prep 8x8-inch square baking pan, use a non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper.
  3. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract until well blended.
  4. Beat in egg until mixture is smooth. Add flour mixture in 3 increments until a dough forms.
  5. Mix in apricots and macadamia nuts.
  6. Place the dough into prepared pan and use spatula to even the dough out.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice into squares.

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Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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