Apricot Oat Bars

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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!

Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
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

How to Make Apricot Oat Bars

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.

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About Apricot Oat Bars

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



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