Chocolate-Chip Apricot Bars

Chocolate-Chip Apricot Bars Recipe
Photo: William Meppem

Recipe from

Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calcium 42 mg
Calories 257
Caloriesfromfat 0 %
Carbohydrate 43 g
Cholesterol 37 mg
Fat 9 g
Fiber 2 g
Iron 2 mg
Protein 4 mg
Satfat 5 g
Sodium 131 mg


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
2 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 chopped dried apricots


Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly coat a 9-inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. 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. 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. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Cut into 18 bars when still warm, then let cool completely before removing from the pan.

Jane Kirby,

Real Simple

June 2002