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Apricot-Date Bar Cookies

Courses: Dessert, Vegetarian
Serves: 36 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 1/2 cups 219g / 7.7ozDried apricots - diced
1 cup 146g / 5.1ozDates - pitted, diced
3/4 cup 177mlOrange juice
1/3 cup 78mlSucanat
3 tablespoons 45mlOrange zest
1/8 teaspoon 0.6mlGround ginger
3/4 cup 177mlSucanat
3/4 cup 148g / 5.2ozSpectrum Spread non-hydrogenated margarine
1 3/4 cups 109g / 3.8ozUnbleached flour
1 teaspoon 5mlSalt
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlBaking soda
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlCinnamon
1 1/2 cups 93g / 3.3ozRolled oats

Recipe Instructions

Lightly oil (or spray with oil) a 9- by 13-inch baking pan and set aside.

Begin by preparing the Filling: In a small saucepan, combine all of the filling ingredients and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool completely.

To prepare the Base for the bar cookies: In a medium bowl, stir together the Sucanat and Spectrum Spread. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon, and stir until well blended. Add the oats and stir well to combine.

Transfer half of the base mixture to the prepared pan. Using your hands, press firmly to flatten the mixture to cover the bottom of the pan. Spread the cooled apricot-date filling over the base, then sprinkle the remaining base mixture over the filling, and pat it down lightly.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. While still warm cut into 36 equal bars and remove them from the pan. Store in an airtight container.

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