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