Apricot Bars

A sweet ending to any meal, these bars are a deliciously fruity crumb-topped treat.

Makes 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (13-ounce) jar apricot jam or preserves (about 1¼ cups)
  • 3 cups dried apricots, chopped into ¼-inch pieces
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 ¼ cups regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg (at room temperature), beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13×2-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of foil-lined pan with softened butter. Set pan aside.

For filling, in a small bowl combine the jam and apricots. Set aside. For crust, in a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and cloves. Stir in oats and walnuts. Add melted butter, egg and vanilla; stir mixture until thoroughly combined.

Press half of the crust mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Spoon the filling over the crust and spread with a spatula to within ¼ inch of the sides of the pan. Spoon the remaining crust mixture over the filling, spreading evenly to cover.

Bake until light golden, about 45 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Use foil to lift uncut bars out of the pan. Place on a cutting board; using a sharp knife, cut into bars. Store bars in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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