Blondies with Orange Mint and Apricots

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Recipe by Susan Belsinger
August 1999
from issue #22

Blondies with Orange Mint and Apricots

Makes 32 bars

1 cup unsalted butter
1-1⁄3 cups packed light brown sugar
2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dried apricots
1⁄2 cup orange mint leaves, loosely packed
2-1⁄2 cups unbleached flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 extra-large eggs
1-1⁄2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan.

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. When melted, add the brown sugar and stir. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until the mixture is thick and syrupy, about 4 minutes. Add the granulated sugar and stir until it’s dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat to cool.

Thinly slice the apricots crosswise. Wash, dry, and coarsely chop the orange mint; there should be about 3 Tbs.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and stir to blend. Sprinkle 1 Tbs. of the flour mixture over the apricots and toss to coat them lightly.

Beat the eggs into the warm brown sugar and butter mixture (it should not be hot) and blend thoroughly. Add the vanilla and stir well.

Pour the liquid ingredients into the flour and stir until just blended. Add the apricots and mint and stir until just mixed in. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes, until the top is a deep golden brown. Allow to cool completely on a baking rack before cutting into bars.

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Comments (3)

Ethanreid32 writes: You are the best
Posted: 12:36 am on February 19th
Charisparker writes: Looks Yummy
Posted: 1:29 am on February 18th
ReubenScott writes: Magnificent
Posted: 6:27 am on January 22nd
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