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Oatmeal Apricot Squares

 Oatmeal Apricot Squares
Easy to prepare and designed to make a small amount, these squares are a marvelous blend of flavors. It's a dessert that can be stirred up in no time to satisfy a sweet tooth...warm from the oven or as a treat later. -Veronica Roza, Bayport, New York
16 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling


  • 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, cubed
  • 3/4 cup apricot preserves


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt and
  • baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Press half of the mixture into a greased 8-in. square baking dish.
  • Spread with preserves. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture; gently
  • press down.
  • Bake at 350° for 38-42 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a
  • wire rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 16 bars.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 160 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 123 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.