One afternoon back in the late 70's, in the distance of about 2 blocks- between the grocery store and guitar lessons, I think- you and I devoured most of a package of Archway Homestyle Apricot Filled Oatmeal cookies.
An indelibly sweet memory.
I haven't been able to find those cookies in the grocery stores for a long time. I don't think they make them anymore. I even did a google search.
Over the years I've been passively searching for a recipe that would come close to those soft, chewy flavorful cookies. I'll keep looking, but I've found something very close and very delicious. And the bonus is that the recipe came from my American Heart Association cookbook!
Apricot Raisin Bars
6 oz. dried apricots, chopped
1 c golden or dark raisins
1 3/4 c unsweetened apple juice, divided
3 T cornstarch
1 1/2 t grated lemon zest
vegetable oil spray
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1 1/4 c uncooked quick-cooking oatmeal
3/4 c firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 c sugar
2/3 c light margarine
In a medium saucepan, combine apricots, raisins and 1 1/2 c apple juice. Cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, or until fruit is tender.
In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 c apple juice, cornstarch, and lemon zest. Whisk into apricot mixture. Cook over med-high heat until mixture thickens, 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool.
Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 13x9x2-inch pan with vegetable oil spray.
Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in oatmeal and sugars. Blend in margarine until mixture is crumbly. Press about 2/3 mixture into pan.
spread fruit mixture over crust, then top with remaining oatmeal mixture. Gently pat top crust into fruit.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until crust is lightly golden. Cut into 48 squares.
Calories:76 Protein: 1g Carbohydrates: 16g Cholesterol:0 mg Total Fat: 1g (sat fat:0g, polyunsaturated fat 1g, monounsaturated fat 0g) Fiber: 1g Sodium 28mg
Okay. I haven't been able to cut mine into 48 squares. But still. A cookie healthy enough to eat guilt-free, for breakfast if you want to!