Friday, January 14, 2011

Delicious Winter Cookie Bar


 During the break, I decided to try these delicious bars from a program I saw over the holidays.  I love to watch Giada cook!  She's so light and fun and beautiful...  I am certain that eating these yummy bars will do the same for anyone....  So help yourself.  Besides, they are very good.   I used some black walnuts from our cousins in Kansas...  but any kind of good nut and probably any kind of jam would work.  I like the combination of jam and chopped, dried fruit...  Don't bake them as long as you think...  This way they are soft and buttery, crumbly...  I think they could get hard without too much trouble..  

Pour a cup of spiced coffee or hot peach tea...  you have yourself a respite from the cold and snow..  My dear cousin/sister and her man came down to clean out my driveway right after these finished, and they said they liked them, too!

Apricot Oat Bars

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

Prep Time:
12 min
Inactive Prep Time:
1 hr 0 min
Cook Time:
35 min
Level:
Easy
Serves:
24 bars

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • Filling
  • 1 (13-ounce) jar apricot jam or preserves (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 8 dried apricots, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (about 1/3 cup)
  • Crust
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packed cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg, at room temperature, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 by 13 by 2-inch metal baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray. Line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with vegetable oil cooking spray and set aside.
Filling: In a small bowl, mix together the jam and the apricots. Set aside.
Crust: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Stir in the oats and walnuts. Add the butter, egg and vanilla and stir until incorporated.
Using a fork or clean fingers, lightly press half of the crust mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Using a spatula, spread the filling over the crust leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge of the pan. Cover the filling with the remaining crust mixture and gently press to flatten. Bake until light golden, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 1 hour. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

1 comment:

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

These look and sound delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe :D Now I need to decide on jam/ fruit and nut combination. Decisions, decisions!