I’m not sure what it is but bar recipes are my go to. Most of the time they can be made quickly and they usually turn out awesome! I’ve only had a few not turn out great. Low risk is my type of baking. What could be more perfect for spring than Apricot Crumb Bars? Not much.
Warning- I looooove love love crumbly bars. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that I’m a texture kind of girl. I love oatmeal raisin cookies. Can we still be friends? It’s the crunch! I love the crunch. So crumb bars are magical to me.
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s basic. You could cut in half and use an 8×8 (like the original recipe called for), you can switch out the jam flavors for your favorites. The original calls for raspberry and while I love raspberry too, I happened to have apricot jam on hand and was feeling experimental. So apricot it is.
Apricot Crumb Bars
- 2 c all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 c rolled oats
- 1 c light-brown sugar packed
- 1 c unsalted butter softened
- 1 ½ c apricot jam
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 9x13 baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang of foil on two sides. Grease foil.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
- Stir in oats and brown sugar, and use clean fingertips as needed to break up brown sugar clumps.
- Add butter, and using fingertips, work butter into mixture until evenly moistened.
- Add 4 cups of the oat mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer.
- Spread apricot jam into an even layer over oat layer, coming within 1/4-inch of all edges.
- Sprinkle top evenly with remaining oat mixture, then slightly press into jam layer.
- Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, approx 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.
- Store in an airtight container.
Recipe slightly adapted from All Recipes.
Your hands will get all buttery from this. And I hate that. Yuck. But it’s totally worth it. Make sure to only soften the butter. Melted butter won’t give you the same result and you’ll be sad. Trust me. Luckily I have a “soften” button on my microwave and it’s my favorite one. No more waiting around for butter to soften.
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