Oatmeal Apricot Squares Recipe
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Oatmeal Apricot Squares Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 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

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.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Press half of the mixture into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Spread with preserves. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture; gently press down.
  3. Bake at 350° for 38-42 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 16 bars.
Originally published as Oatmeal Apricot Squares in Reminisce Extra December 2000, p53

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Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"This was very good. I made some changes. I decreased the sugar to 1/4 cup and added 1/4 cup applesauce (natural unsweetened). I decreased the butter to 1/4 cup and added 1/4 cup coconut oil. I also used a very thin layer of the jam and it was enough. You don't really need a lot."

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"I had to use almost a whole jar of apricot preserves. 3/4 cup was not enough to cover the 8 x 8 pan. It wasn't very tasty."

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