Cranberry Apricot Streusel Bars

Tart dried cranberries mingle with apricot jam, adding plenty of fruity flavors to these tasty oat bars.

Source: 
Land O' Lakes website
Time: 
50 min
Prep Time: 
20 min
Serves: 
32
Ingredients: 

Bar:

2 cups uncooked quick cooking oats

1.5 cups all-purpose flour

1.5 cups firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

0.5 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup cold butter

Filling:

1 (14.25 oz) jar of apricot jam

1 (16 oz) package sweetened dried cranberries (1_1/3 cups)

1 tablespoon freshley grated lemon peel

Directions: 
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all bar ingredients except butter in large bowl; cut in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs.
  3. Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture.
  4. Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of ungreased 9 x 13 pan.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  5. Combine jam, cranberries and lemon peel in small bowl.  Drop cranberry mixture by spoonfuls over hot, partially baked crust.  Carefully spread mixture to within 1/4 inch of edge of crust.
  6. Crumble remaining crumb mixture over filling.  Continue baking for 18-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Notes: 

This recipe calls for slivered almonds in the topping, but we never do this, so I skipped that part of the recipe.  Feel free to put slivered almonds into the crumb mixture that goes on top.