Apricot - Date Bars Recipe
- 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
- 1 ¾ cups drained stewed apricots
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons apricot nectar
- ¾ cup shortening, melted
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
step 1: To Make Filling: Cook together the dates, drained cooked apricots, white sugar and apricot juice. Cook for about three minutes, or until it resembles jam.
step 2: To Make Crust: Mix together melted shortening (part butter), brown sugar, all-purpose flour, baking soda, quick cooking oats, and vanilla.
step 3: Press half of the crust mixture on bottom of well greased 9 x 12 x 2 inch pan. Cover with filling. Top with rest of crumbs. Press down gently.
step 4: Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).