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Strawberry Apricot Bars

Servings 9 bars

Ingredients

For the crust and topping:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbs. lemon zest
  • 1 tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats

For the filling:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries chopped
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • Zest from one lemon
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbs. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam

Instructions

For the crust and topping:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside. 

  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and powdered sugar. Add in the salt and vanilla extract. Add in the flour and beat until a dough forms. Press about 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of your prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake in your preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until just slightly golden on the edges. 

  3. With the remaining dough, mix in the oats. This should create a more crumbly dough. Set aside, uncovered (to create a more dry crumb).

For the filling:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, cornstarch, and apricot jam. Cook the mixture, stirring frequently, for about 5-8 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened and jammy. 

  2. Spread the mixture over the cooked crust evenly. Break apart the crumb topping and press into small pieces and crumbs and evenly spread over the top, leaving the jam layer visible. Bake for another 25-30 minutes, or until the crumb topping is golden brown. 

  3. Cool completely in the pan before removing and slicing. Enjoy!