Apricot Oatmeal Bars
These apricot bars are easy, delicate delicious! They even freeze well too.
yields ~50 bars
|1½ cups ||All purpose flour|
|1½ cups ||Quick cooking oats|
|1 cup ||Brown sugar|
|¼ teaspoon ||Baking soda|
|¾ cup ||Butter (1½ sticks), cut up|
|1½ cups ||Apricot preserves or jam|
|½ teaspoon ||Almond extract (optional)|
- Put all ingredients, except for preserves, in a large bowl. With a pastry blender (or food processor), cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. This step may be done in a food processor with a cutting blade.
- Press all but 1 cup of this mixture in a greased 9 by 13 sheet pan (quarter sheet pan) and spread the preserves (mixed with almond extract if desired) on top. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs over the preserves and bake at 375°F for 30-35 minutes. Cool before slicing into bars.
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