Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

I enjoy making bars & cookies, & have collected recipes for them over the years. Here's one I picked up 30 years ago.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan, combine apricots, water, raisins, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch & pumpkin pie spice, & cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils & thickens. Remove from heat & cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, & grease a 13"x9" baking dish.
  3. In a large mixer bowl, cream butter & brown sugar.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, salt & rolled oats, & mix well.
  5. Pat half of this mixture into bottom of prepared baking dish, then spread cooled fruit mixture over that.
  6. Sprinkle remaining flour mixture evenly over the fruit & lightly press it down.
  7. Bake 22-25 minutes, or until firm in the center & topping is crisp.
  8. Cool completely before cutting into 2" squares.
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5 5

I must say these took a bit more effort than the average bar type treat, but it was worth it I think. I didnt have pumpkin pie spice so I added equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice (about a dash of each). These did taste better the next day as other have mentioned too.

5 5

I love apricots and raisins so had to give this recipe a try. Very easy to make and enjoyed the rolled oat crust and topping. These bars reminded me of a fruitcake type cookie I used to get at our local Polish bakery. Enjoyed these with my morning coffee and will be making them again. Thanks Syd for another great recipe!

5 5

Just pulled this out of the oven. My DD just could not wait to have a piece. So she let it cool for maybe all of 5 minutes. I liked the apricot/raisin mixture. The next day this bar tastes even better. The topping came out perfect I thought. Some of the oats would drop off but I'd not call it dry. Maybe a person could drop a few pieces of butter on top if they wanted it to stick together more. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Made for 1-2-3 Hit Wonders 2007 game