Apricot Crumble Bars

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Apricot Crumble Bars are an easy fruit dessert recipe made with jam and oats. Soft cookie bars are layered with the stone fruit apricot jam and a streusel oat topping.

These simple Apricot Crumble Bars are a delicious sweet treat! These easy to make dessert bars highlight the sweetness of the popular stone fruit balance with almonds and oats.

Close up stack of Apricot Crumble Bars

Apricot recipes are a tribute to my grandparents. I remember they always had a bowl of fresh apricots in the kitchen, and dried apricots to snack on.

I did not appreciate apricots back then, but now I love them.

Whenever I am at the grocery store and find the large piles of apricots, I take a big inhale and the distinct smell takes me right back to dancing in my grandma’s high heels in the kitchen with my sisters.

I am sure they would have loved all of these apricot recipes!

Why You Will Love This Recipe

I made a variation of these Apricot Crumble Bars when I was visiting my sisters in Oregon. 

We made Mixed Berry Crumble Bars, which has a different pastry recipe, and my 3 year old nephew helped!

This is a great recipe to include kids in the cooking process. There are a lot of simple steps like mixing, and they love pressing the dough into the pan!

Now fruit crumble bars are requested regularly!

Apricot Crumble Bars inn a pile


These are the ingredients you need to make the apricot bars:

  • Flour
  • Almond Flour
  • Butter
  • Apricot Jam
  • Dried Apricots
  • Oats
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Almonds
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt

These Apricot Crumble Bars are made even more special with a homemade apricot jam.

Jarred jam will work well, but if you have the ability to make homemade jam, it is noticeable!

I also loved the addition of the diced dried apricots in the Apricot Crumble Bars.

The dried apricots brought more texture to the bars, but can be easily skipped.

The flavor will still be there from the delicious jam!

Apricot Crumble Bars in a stack surrounded by dried fruit


This is the equipment you need to make the dessert bars:

  • Large Bowl
  • Hand or Stand Mixer
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Whisk
  • 9×13 inch Baking Dish
Bars layed out

Modifications and Substitutions

A classic flavor pairing for apricot is almonds. 

To add some almond without using extract, part of the dough base is made with a little almond flour. If you do not have almond flour, you can replace it with the same amount of regular all-purpose flour. 

Another trick for using almond flour is to grind up some sliced, slivered, or whole almonds in a food processor to make your own! Just don’t let them process too long because you will start to get homemade almond butter

Just keep an eye on the almonds as they grind and when it looks like coarse cornmeal, you are good to go!

You can also add some almond extract to the dough mixture. I would start with 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon (it is strong!). 

Close up of Apricot Crumble Bars in a stack
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Apricot Crumble Bars

Apricot Crumble Bars are an easy fruit dessert recipe made with jam and oats. Soft cookie bars are layered with the stone fruit apricot jam and a streusel oat topping.
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Summer, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 438kcal




  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper or foil. Spray the dish with non stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, almond flour, sugar, and salt.
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup almond flour, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Using a stand mixer or electric mixer, beat 16 Tablespoons (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) of butter at low speed into the flour until it is incorporated and looks like wet sand. (Alternatively, do this in a large bowl with your fingers, squishing the butter into the flour).
    18 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Remove one cup of the flour mixture for the topping and set aside.
  • Take the remaining flour mixture and press it into an even layer across the bottom of the dish.
  • Bake the bottom crust in the dish until the edges just start to brown, approximately 15 minutes.
  • While the bottom crust is baking, combine the reserved flour mixture, oats, almonds, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Stir to combine.
    1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup almonds, 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • Add the remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter to the almond mixture and pinch it to combine, making clumps of the streusel. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the apricot jam, diced apricots, and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
    1 cup apricot jam, 4 ounces dried apricots, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • When the bottom crust has been removed from the oven, spread the apricot jam mixture across the warm crust. Then sprinkle the streusel mixture across the top.
  • Bake the crumble bars for approximately 30 minutes until the top is browned and the edges of the apricot mixture are bubbling.
  • Let cool completely or until just slightly warm, approximately 2 hours. Use the foil or parchment to remove the bars from the dish and cut into pieces. Re-warm if desired in pieces or as a whole. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.


You can use additional all-purpose flour instead of the almond flour.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 906IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg

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By on October 30th, 2020

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8 thoughts on “Apricot Crumble Bars”

  1. I have been looking for my Great Grandmother’s Apricot Sand cookie recipe…it has not been Christmas without them since she passed away many years ago. These seem the closest I have found, but she used Hickory nuts that she gathered in the woods. She was Austrian. I cannot wait to make these…Thank you.

    • I so hope these work out for you! Please let me know how it goes 🙂 Would be happy to try and help adjust with some recommendations if needed.

  2. Thanks for the awesome recipe!
    Can I use a healthier option to butter , like olive oil ? Would it still be yummy though?

    • Hi Rifka,
      I have not tried that. I would suggest searching baking substitutes for butter to find an option that you like. When I search, it looks like if you want to use a vegetable or olive oil, you would use 13.5 Tablespoons of oil instead of 18 Tablespoons of butter. This is 3/4 cup plus 1.5 Tablespoons.
      Let me know how it turns out!


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