Recipe: Apricot Oatmeal Bars

I’m going to be lazy and slap up the email I was sending out to friends a while back for these yummy, yummy bars for which our grammar school teachers would ask us to ask our mom to make for the school bake sales. Due to the toaster oven situation, I currently make the full recipe, but split it in half between two 8″ x 8″ Pyrex dishes for baking.

Apricot oatmeal bars fresh out of the oven in an 8

I cannot remember where Mom got this recipe from, but we’ve been using it since the 80’s.


Crumb mixture:
1 1/4 /c flour
1 1/4 C Oats
1/2 C sugar
3/4 C butter, melted
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t salt
2 t vanilla

10oz jar apricot preserves
1/2 C flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13×9 pan. In large mixing bowl, combine crumb ingredients. (It’s easiest to mix the dry first before adding the butter and vanilla. I’d also recommend a dash of cinnamon. ~K) Beat at low speed, scraping sides of bowl clean until mixture is crumbly. (You can do this by hand). Reserve 1 Cup of crumb mixture. Press remaining mixture into greased pan. Combine apricots and coconut and spread to within 1/2 inch of edge of unbaked crust. sprinkle with reserved mixture. Bake at center of oven, 350, 22-27 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

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