Chocolate-Chip Apricot Bars

Chocolate-Chip Apricot Bars
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly coat a 9-inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and light brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and blend until smooth. With a spoon, stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and apricots.
  3. Press the batter into the pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the top is golden and the pastry begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. The center should be slightly soft.
  4. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Cut into 18 bars when still warm, then let cool completely before removing from the pan.
By June, 2002

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 257
  • Calcium 42mg
  • Carbohydrate 43g
  • Cholesterol 37mg
  • Fat 9g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Iron 2mg
  • Protein 4mg
  • Sat Fat 5g
  • Sodium 131mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .

Quick Tip

Chocolate candy
Gourmet chocolate contains high-quality cacao beans and a high percentage of cocoa butter. Inferior chocolate often has sugar added to mask the flavor.

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