Apricot and Date Bars

A hearty cobbler, loaded with dried fruits and nuts - in bar form. Betty Crocker® snickerdoodle cookie mix makes this wonderful dessert easy to make.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

2
cups orange juice
3/4
cup chopped pitted dates
3/4
cup chopped dried apricots
1/2
cup dried cherries
1/3
cup apricot jam
1
pouch Betty Crocker™ snickerdoodle cookie mix
1/2
cup cold butter, cut into pieces
3/4
cup chopped pecans

  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, mix orange juice, dates, apricots and cherries. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain. In small bowl, mix dried fruit and apricot jam.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, place cookie mix and cinnamon-sugar packet. Cut in butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through mix in opposite directions), until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture. Press remaining mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool.
  • 3 Top partially baked crust with fruit mixture. Mix reserved 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture and the pecans. Sprinkle over fruit mixture.
  • 4 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about 1 hour. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.

Expert Tips

Use kitchen scissors to cut up sticky dried fruit like dates and apricots.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
),
Sodium
170mg
170%;
Total Carbohydrate
30g
30%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.