Baking Recipes Apricot Oatmeal Bars

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Dear Creatives,  There has been very little baking this summer but, the fog has rolled in & we have had a little drizzle high cloud days which had me longing for coffee along with a morning or mid day treat. I’d like it to be a little healthy so I started looking at oatmeal bar recipes & granola s. I thought I would share a couple of recipes I found with you. When I do make them I will give you all the details.


Williams Sonoma Apricot Oatmeal Bars

Pack these bars in your backpack for a midday treat.


  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut up
  • 2 teaspoons soft butter for greasing pan
  • 1 cup firmly packed dried apricots
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Be sure an adult is nearby to help.Put the 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter in a small saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir with the wooden spoon until the butter is melted, about 2 minutes. Using a pot holder, remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking pan with a large piece of aluminum foil (some foil hanging over the edges is fine). Lightly grease the foil with the soft butter.

Save recipe: Apricot Oatmeal Bars

See links above  for complete instructions. Adapted from Williams-Sonoma The Kid’s Cookbook, by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Time-Life Books, 2000).

Here are a few other recipes that seemed to fit what I was looking for:

I think I’ll end up making this one today as my pantry & fridge has all the ingredients.


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cold butter
3/4 cup apricot preserves


In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Press half of the mixture into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Spread with preserves. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture; gently press down.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 38-42 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

Save Recipe: Oatmeal Apricot Squares

Click link above to save recipe. To see the full prep, cooking times, serving sizes & reviews visit the link above at All Recipes! I’ll let you know the outcome of the recipe. Can guess what I’ll be up to today? Yes a little baking, crafting & editing of photos for an upcoming post. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Do you bake at all during the summer? 

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  1. Theresa, those all look so delicious! I’m definitely craving an apricot oatmeal bar now. They look look fantastic, but I think I’m going to have to try the Quaker recipe first!


    1. Hi Jenn, That was one of my top picks, but I was missing ingredients if you try it before me let me know how it turns out! Nice to see you btw. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

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