This week our recipe swap was to choose any recipe we wanted from the selected blog. The blog I was given was Culinary Cache. It was loaded with recipes I wanted to try but I was in the mood for something sweet and the Oatmeal Apricot Cherry Bars were right up my alley.
I didn’t want to have to go to the store and buy anything so instead of using different kinds of fruit preserves I used homemade pear butter I had in the basement. Any type of jam, preserve, or fruit butter can be used with this recipe. The white chocolate could also be replaced with dark chocolate.
The base of the bars is a sweet oatmeal cookie. After it is baked a layer of jam or fruit butter is spread on top then is topped with the chopped dried fruit and chocolate. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this combination of ingredients but my husband and I loved it!
The sweet oatmeal cookie base pairs well with the sour cherries and apricots and the white chocolate gives it a creamy finish. I’d like to try different types of dried fruit on the top as well. This is a versatile recipe but I’ll be using again soon.
2. In a medium mixing bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar. Stir in the vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.
3. Add in the flour, oats, and baking soda and stir until combined.
5. Meanwhile, combine the butter, flour, and sugar for the topping in a small mixing bowl. Work into a paste and then add in the mixed fruit.
6. Pull the cookie bars out of the oven. Spread the pear butter over top. Drop spoonfuls of the fruit topping all over the bars. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips.
7. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until golden.
8. Cool completely on a wire rack and cut into 16 squares.