Coconut Apricot Bars
Layers of coconut and almond-filled cookie dough and apricot preserves make these Coconut Apricot Bars scrumptious and unforgettable. If getting ripe and juicy fresh apricots is nearly impossible where you live, these jam bars are the solution for any cravings!
I just returned from a food blogger conference in Chicago and shared these Jam Bars in my first blogger recipe swap to rave reviews. It’s super easy to tweak this recipe with your favorite preserves!
Why You Must Make
I love having the opportunity to bake for other foodies and needed to pull out all the stops. I was going to attend my first ever Eat Write Retreat blogger conference in Chicago, and one of the optional events was to do a food swap.
I had a few criteria in the back of my mind: scrumptious, of course, portable, and visually appealing. But I also saw it as an opportunity to bake up some treats that my family might snub—silly people don’t like apricots, coconut, or nuts. So I turned to this recipe for buttery layered coconut apricot bars to share with both old and new blogger friends.
- The gal that won my bars indulged after her morning run. She gushed how they were so buttery and practically melted in her mouth! Yup, they’re delicious!
- Apricot desserts are few and far between. These are perfect for gatherings when you want to bring something unusual, yet worthy of rave reviews.
- These bars are super easy to make!
Check out how to cut the perfect cookie bars to make these bars perfect for gifting!
Out of This World Coconut Apricot Bars
I love it when a recipe surpasses my expectations. These tender bars with a multitude of textures between the jam, buttery cookie dough, nuts, and coconut just made me swoon. I was relieved that I was packing the majority of them up for the convention.
One fellow blogger approached me the morning after the swap telling me she was now following my blog so she could get the recipe—as well as admitting she was just going to eat one bar, but somehow all 3 disappeared. Another very fit friend said she tried not to think of how much butter was in these as she savored each bite.
Moderation is my motto. These easy bar cookies are worth the splurge!
Tips for Making Bar Cookies:
- PRO- Tip: Line your baking pan with non-stick foil. This will prevent the jam from sticking to the sides of the pan. It also helps so you can lift out the bars as a whole onto your cutting board.
- These bars are so rich and tender, that you’ll want to chill them before removing from the pan and cutting. Cold bars are easier to slice into neat squares. They taste best served at room temperature.
- As with most baking, the ingredients will mix better at room temperature. The butter should not be so warm that it looks greasy, just soft so you can easily cream it with the sugar.
- I haven’t tried this, but if you’d like slightly thicker bars, try baking this recipe in an 11 x 7-inch pan. They will need to be baked longer due to the depth. It’s wise to drop the temperature 25° as well to compensate for the longer baking time.
- PRO- Tip: You are not limited to apricot preserves. These bars will be just as amazing with any favorite jams or preserves.
- I like using apricot preserves not apricot jam in these bars. Preserves have little chunks of fruit and add the texture you can’t get with jam.
- Note that these apricot crumb bars are tender and delicate due to the butter and preserves. It’s best to leave them in the baking pan until you’re ready to serve. Some readers have suggested adding some extra flour to the batter. If you’d like a sturdier bar, try adding 2-4 tablespoons more flour.
- Store the pan in the refrigerator covered tightly with foil. These bars will also freeze well.
Frequently Asked Questions
These should be stored in an airtight container. They’ll be OK on the counter for a day, but as I mentioned above, I prefer keeping them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator for the best results.
Try a smear of apricot preserves on a ham and cheese sandwich for a sweet-salty party in your mouth. Use to glaze carrots or ham. Or how about as a filling for thumbprint cookies? It’s also a delicious element in a pastry-wrapped Bake Brie!
You May Also Like:
Bar cookies take less time to make than single cookies! They’re the perfect way to serve a crowd. Check out some of my favorites.
- Caramel Magic Cookie Bars from Love from the Oven — I can never resist a magic cookie bar, but with caramel? Amazing!
- White Chocolate Raspberry Bars
- Caramel Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats
- Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars
- Fresh Peach Pie Bars
- Caramel Apple Pie Toffee Bars
- Hot Fudge Cheesecake Bars
- More Bar Cookie Recipes
Coconut Apricot Bars Recipe
A terrific coconut apricot bar that can be customized using your favorite jam
- 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour*
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/3 cups coconut, I used sweetened Angel Flake
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds plus more to sprinkle over bars
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 13-ounce jar apricot preserves (may use other flavors)
- Preheat the oven to 350º. Line 9 x 13 baking pan with non-stick foil (or regular foil sprayed with cooking spray).
- In large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Add egg, mix well. Mix together the flour and baking powder and add to the butter mixture. Add coconut, nuts and vanilla, blending well.
- Press two-thirds of the dough into the prepared baking pan. Spread with preserves. Crumble remaining dough over top of preserves. Sprinkle with a handful more of almonds if desired.
- Bake at 350° for 30 - 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.
*Some readers have suggested the crust may need some extra flour due to it's delicate nature. If you'd like a sturdier bar, you could add 2-4 tablespoons more flour to the batter.
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Serving Size:1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
86 Comments on “Coconut Apricot Bars”
Bars look awesome! Great for any time! Thanks a lot for the recipe!
What a fabulous weekend you had Liz ! These apricots bars are amazing for any moment 🙂
Liz, these look wonderful. Definitely on my to do list, I know Jim will love them.
Y’all had a ball. I wish I could have attended this blogger conference in Chicago. I saw Kate from Diethood in one of the pics. I hope I can meet you and her one day.
And the bars… I couldn’t have only one. I am adding them to my recipes-to-try list.
Been ages since I last savoured apricot bars! Love to have some right now! xoxo
Apricots are definitely a favourite and putting my them into bars takes them over the top! Perfect square bars no less.
Count me in as one of those silly people. These sound fantastic! As does that conference. What fun. Glad you took the time to enjoy it!
We attended EatWriteRetreat in Philadelphia a few years ago. It was wonderful! I can see why everyone loved these bars. I can feel the deliciousness through the screen.
What luscious bars, the combination of apricots and coconut sounds sublime!
Apricot bars remind me of treats served by a childhood friend who was 3/4 Australian and 1/4 Japanese. Her mum always had the most fantabulous tea and treats….Looks like you do, too. P.s. Looks like you had a terrific time in Chicago. i’ve heard many wonderful things about Eat Write Retreat =) And Chicago is one heck of a foodie town!
I absolutely adore bar cookies, and apricots are a fave. Fortunately we love coconut. These looks so good, that I truly must make them. Beautiful photograph, too.
Coconut, almonds, and apricots…one look and I knew these bars were a triple-threat of deliciousness. Terrific work, Liz. And what a wonderful time you had at the conference with many familiar faces. One of these days my mug may show up! 🙂
How fun! One day I’ll make it to EWR… These apricot bars look totally scrumptious – it’s amazing how creative you are, Liz, considering the crew you’re cooking for 😉 They don’t like apricots, coconut or nuts – sacrilege!
Sounds like you had a fun time! I’d have a fun time with these bars — apricots are one of my favorites! And you don’t see them used in baked things that much these days — pity. Anyway, terrific stuff — thanks.
These bars look scrumptious!
I’m a big coconut fan so these sounds divine! For a more indulgent treat, I bet they’d be amazing with ice cream 🙂
Oh I would have loved to be a taste tester for these cookies:@)
These bars sound very good! Coconut, almond and apricots sounds really good.
What an incredible weekend away and you certainly packed in a lot. How wonderful to have been able to catch up with 17 of your sorority friends! What a lot of catching up you must have done. I bet the weekend went by in a flash. I can’t believe your family don’t like apricots! They are a favourite of mine and I love the look of your apricot bars xx
Lizzy I love apricots one of my favorite fruits!
These bars look wonderful:))