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Apricot Oatmeal Bars

There’s no need to relegate apricot preserves to the role of breakfast-toast spread.

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by Heidi StrawnJuly 31, 2012

Apricot Oatmeal Bars
Courtesy Stephanie Staton

Yield: 3 dozen bars

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1¼ cups cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 10 ounces apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut (optional)

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, butter and vanilla. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture; press remaining mixture into greased 9- by 13-inch baking pan.

Spread preserves within 1 inch of crumb mixture’s edge. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture and coconut, if desired. Bake 22 to 27 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Recipe courtesy Deborah Curran, Massapequa, N.Y.

 

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