Friday, January 28, 2011

Recipe: Spiced Apricot Oatmeal Bars

These are lovely!  I have had similar bars with raspberry jam, but I had some apricot jam, and couldn't resist throwing in some spices to make them even more scrumptious.  I want to try it with some other kinds of jams, too.  Mmmm.

Spiced Apricot Oatmeal Bars

1/2 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 c rolled oats
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 c butter
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 c apricot jam

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Combine all ingredients except for jam in a food processor (or mix by hand).  Line an 8"x8" pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Press about 2 c of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan. 

Spread jam evenly over the crumbs, to about 1/4" from the edges.

Cover with the remaining crumbs and press down evenly.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

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