Recipe for Apricot Bars

Apricot Cookies - Great Dessert

These delicious Apricot Bars taste great with a cup of coffee or tea as a snack as well as an easy-to-make after dinner dessert.

If stored tightly covered, they will keep for four or five days.

This dessert recipe is a favorite with a lot of people at the restaurant when they want a dessert but do not want anything too filling or "heavy-duty."

I actually got this dessert recipe from my mother-in-law as part of my "marriage training manual." My husband is addicted to this dessert. He apparently grew up on them. He tells me the topping in combination with the apricot jam is what "makes it."

You can use this same recipe to make Peach Bars simply by using peach jam instead of apricot jam.

Apricot Bars

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.


  • 1 1/2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups quick rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup apricot jam (or peach jam)



  • Combine flour, baking powder,brown sugar and oats in a mixing bowl
  • Cut in butter with a fork or pastry blender until crumbly
  • Pat 2/3 of this mixture into a 9 X 13 inch pan
  • Spread with jam
  • Cover the remaining crumbs and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 minutes
  • Cool and cut and serve

Enjoy your dessert recipe and the company of those you share them with! They are a delicious snack or after dinner dessert.


Did you know? In Latin, apricot means 'precious.’

The apricot is a native of China and has been cultivated for over 4,000 years.

In 1778 Thomas Jefferson was growing apricot trees at Monticello.

In the United States, 95% of apricots grow in the San Joaquin Valley and other parts of northern California.