My mom makes these bars at least once a month and they are one of my favorites. Sometimes they are Apricot filled and other times Raspberry filled. I like them both, but the Apricot bars seem to have a slight edge.
She has been baking them for years and I have never asked for the recipe or made them myself. There's no need, since she always makes them for me! Somehow, I don't think I could even do them justice because there's one secret ingredient only Mom can add. LOVE!
I did, however, want to post the recipe for all of you to try. So I asked her to send me an email with the recipe. Here it is...
Mom's Old-World Raspberry/Apricot Bars
2 cups flour
1/2 cup Quick-cook Oatmeal
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
2 sticks (1 cup) butter or margerine, softened
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. either almond or vanilla extract
10 oz jar of your favorite preserves (I used Apricot, but often use Raspberry as well)
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients, except the preserves. Beat at low speed until well mixed, 2 or 3 minutes. Reserve 1 1/2 cups and set aside.
Press the mixture on bottom of 8 inch baking pan. Spread preserves within 1/2 inch from edge. Crumble reserve mixture over preserves. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
Note: I usually make 1 and 1/2 recipe, which means I put an extra 1/2 recipe with it and use a larger baking pan (usually a cookie sheet). I don’t crumble the mixture on the top, instead, roll the reserved mixture the length of the cookie sheet between 2 sheets of wax paper. I remove the wax paper from one side and carefully place it on top of the preserves and then remove the other piece. Viola, it's covered.
Good luck, if you need more information let me know. Ciao, buona notte esogni d'oro. Ciao Bella. Love, Mom.
Does your Mom or anyone else make a recipe that's special to you?