Most Awesome Apricot Oatmeal Bars

Kathie Carr

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@kathiecc

Another apricot recipe from my Mom's collection. These also have honey and that was a BIG deal on Shupert's Honey Farm. At one point my Dad kept over 200 hives of bees. Honey was never in short supply in our kitchen.

Honey adds moistness to baked goods which is wonderful. Just don't use too much of the stronger flavored honey in some recipes. Buckwheat honey (a dark colored honey) was always in plentiful in our area. The lighter colored and flavored clover honey was more versitile.

Use the stronger flavored honey in BBQ sauce and glazes. The lighter honey is best for baked goods.


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Serves:

16-20 bars

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Ingredients

2/3 c
chopped dried apricots
2/3 c
water
1/2 c
apricot preserves
1 Tbsp
sugar
1/2 tsp
almond extract
1 c
butter
1 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 c
honey
1 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 1/2 c
quick oats
1 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
salt

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Combine apricots and water and cook in a small covered pan for 10 minutes at medium heat. Remove the lid and continue to cook until apricots are tender and almost all of the water has evaporated.

Add preserves, 1 tablespoon sugar, and almond extract. Stir and cook until preserves are melted and everything is well mixed. Remove from heat and cool.
2
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine butter, brown sugar, honey, flour, oats, baking powder and salt. Mix together well.

Press 1/2 of this mixture in the bottom of a 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Spread cooled filling over crust spreading evenly. Top with remaining oatmeal-flour mixture. Press down on top gently to get air gaps out.
3
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Do not over-bake. Remove from oven. Cool slightly. Run a knife around the edges of pan to loosen and then cut in bars. After cutting, leave in pan to cool completely.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies