Apricot Spice Bars with Lemon Glaze

I have a large collection of county and state fair cookbooks, and this recipe came from an Indiana county fair book, 100 Blue Ribbon Cookies. The cookies are baked in a large jellyroll pan, 15x10x1, so you get a lot of thin, delicious bars with apricots and nuts plus a tart lemon glaze.


Bar cookies:

  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves or allspice
  • 1 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 15x10x1 jellyroll pan.

Cream together shortening, sugar and honey – beat in eggs.  Sift together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture – stir well.  Fold in apricots and nuts.  Spread in greased 15x10x1 (jelly roll) pan.

Bake @ 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes until cookies are golden brown.  Cool in pan on wire rack for 10-15 minutes.


  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 T lemon juice

Mix sugar and lemon juice together to make a glaze.

Brush warm cookies with lemon glaze.

Cut into squares and continue to cool on wire rack. 

In my recipe binder, I have a note:  First made June 10, 1995 to take to a picnic on Brookville Lake in Brookville, Indiana.  Everybody loved them.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

3 thoughts on “Apricot Spice Bars with Lemon Glaze”

  1. Looks very much like the bars I grew up eating that we called “Poor Man’s Cookies” . Mine have raisins instead of apricots. I made them for my kids when they were growing up and they still love them.

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