Apricot-Cardamom Bars

Course : Bars
Serves: 24
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1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar -- packed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom -- or...
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup apricot nectar or- orange juice
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 large egg -- slightly beaten
1/2 cup dried apricots -- (finely snipped)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 teaspoons apricot nectar or- orange juice

Preparation / Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cardamom or cloves; set aside. Stir together apricot nectar or orange juice, applesauce, oil, and egg till combined. Add to dry ingredients, stirring till just combined. Stir in the snipped apricots. Spread batter in an ungreased 11 x 7 x 1-1/2-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 F oven about 25 minutes or till a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Drizzle with Apricot Icing. Cut into bars. Apricot Icing: In a small mixing bowl, stir together 2 to 3 teaspoons apricot nectar or orange juice.

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