Apricot-Cardamom Bars

Can cookies this elegant be low-calorie too? Yes they can. Such magic is the result of applesauce displacing some of the fat.

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Makes:
24 servings
Prep:
25 mins
Bake:
25 mins 350°F
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Apricot-Cardamom Bars

Ingredients
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon ground cardamom or 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1
egg, slightly beaten
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
cup apricot nectar or orange juice
1/4
cup unsweetened applesauce
2
tablespoons cooking oil
1/2
cup finely snipped dried apricots
1/2
cup sifted powdered sugar
2
teaspoons apricot nectar or orange juice

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and cardamom; set aside. In another bowl stir together egg, brown sugar, the 1/2 cup apricot nectar or orange juice, applesauce, and oil until combined. Add to flour mixture; stir until combined. Stir in apricots.
  2. Spread batter into an ungreased 11x7x1-1/2-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar and enough of the 2 to 3 teaspoons apricot nectar or orange juice to make icing that is easy to drizzle. Drizzle icing over cooled cookies. Cut into bars. Makes 24 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Apricot-Cardamom Bars)
    Per serving:
  • 63 kcal cal.,
  • 1 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat,
  • 9 mg chol.,
  • 25 mg sodium,
  • 12 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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