Thursday, December 22, 2011

Oatmeal Apricot Cherry Bars


Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites.  Mix in some sort of dried fruit with nuts and it’s all I can do not to eat the entire batch!  I was given a selection of preserves as a gift, and while looking for a creative way to use some thought up this recipe.  

Starting with a buttery oatmeal cookie base, I spread a mixture of apricot and black cherry preserves over top, then add chewy dried apricots, sweet sour dried cherries, toasted pecans and white chocolate chips.

Ingredients

½ cup brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour plus, ¼ cup for topping
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature plus 4 tbsp for topping
1 cup quick oats
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup dried cherries
¾ cup dried apricots
½ cup apricot preserves
¼ black cherry preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start by creaming together the butter, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon, then add the flour, baking soda and oats, working the dough until everything is thoroughly mixed.  Once combined, press evenly into a parchment lined 8 x 8 inch pan and bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes.  In a bowl, work the remaining flour and butter together to form a paste, then chop and mix in the dried apricots and cherries.  At this point, the cookie base should be lightly golden but, not quite finished cooking.  Remove from the oven, spread the preserves evenly across, drop spoonfuls of the crumble over top and sprinkle with the pecans and white chocolate chips.  Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes until golden, allow to cool completely before removing from the pan, and then cut into squares or bars to serve.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great combination of flavors. For some reason I am more on a fruit kick right now than a chocolate one, so I am glad to see this recipe. I think oatmeal is the perfect base to start with when you want to use jams or even fresh fruit. These bars look delicious, great recipe.

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