Butterscotch Oat Bars

January 28, 2010

If you want something sweet and fruity, these’ll do it!  These cookie bars combine oats with butterscotch chips and apricot preserves to make a delicious treat.  Careful because they go quick!

You will need:

  • 1 c margarine, room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 3/4 c light brown sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 3 c old-fashioned oats
  • 1 2/3 c (11-oz pkg) butterscotch chips
  • 1/3 c coconut flakes
  • 1/4 c apricot preserves


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 13×9 inch baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease to help remove bars after baking.
  3. Cream together margarine and both sugars.
  4. Add the vanilla and eggs; mix well.
  5. Add the baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Combine.
  6. Mix in the flour and the oats.
  7. Add in the butterscotch and coconut flakes.
  8. Spread in baking dish.
  9. Soften preserves in the microwave about 20 seconds or until easily spreadable.  Drizzle across the top of the dough.
  10. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until just turning golden (bars will continue to set as they cool).
  11. Cool and cut into bars.
  12. Optional:  drizzle chocolate across the top for extra sweetness!


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