Apricot Oat Bars

Wendy Gardner

By
@Cookinfor3

This is a recipe from Giada De Laurentis on the Food Channel. Mine came out a little dry, so I think next time I'll use more of the apricot preserves and I think my oven might run a little hot, so I might try baking it a little less then the 30 minutes. They are good though, especially with a cup of coffee!


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Serves:

18-24 bars

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

FILLING

1 - 13 oz. jar(s)
apricot jam or preserves (about 1-1/4 cups)
8
dried apricots, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces (about 1/3 cup)

CRUST

1 3/4 c
all purpose flour
1 c
brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tsp
cinnamon, ground
3/4 tsp
fine sea salt
3/4 tsp
baking soda
1 3/4 c
old-fashioned oats
4 oz
coarsely chopped walnuts (1 cup)
2 stick
unsalted butter, melted (1 cup)
1
egg, at room temperature, beaten
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 by 13 by 2-inch metal baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray. Line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with vegetable oil cooking spray and set aside.
2
Filling: In a small bowl, mix together the jam and the apricots. Set aside.
3
Crust: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Stir in the oats and walnuts. Add the butter, egg and vanilla and stir until incorporated.
4
Using a fork or clean fingers, (I found that using your fingers is the easiest!) lightly press half of the crust mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Using a spatula, spread the filling over the crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge of the pan. Cover the filling with the remaining crust mixture and gently press to flatten.
5
Bake in a 350 degree F. oven until light golden, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 1 hour. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy