Fruit and Oat Squares

These are very similar to Pioneer Woman’s Apricot Bars, which I LOVED on Girl Trip ’08 🙂

Fruit and Oat Squares

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup uncooked quick oats

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/3 cup margarine or butter, melted

3/4 cup apricot, cherry or other fruit flavor preserves (I like raspberry)

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

2. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in medium bowl; mix well. Add margarine; stir with fork until mixture is crumbly.

3. Reserve 3/4 cup crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture evenly onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned.

4. Spread preserves onto crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into 16 squares.

Makes 16 servings.

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