If Spring were a dessert, it would be these bars. Fruity, crunchy, and simple, they will grace your dessert table at the next gathering. I love that the mixing is minimal. The hardest part it the waiting for them to cool!
You know those cherry crumble bars that are always on the table at potlucks? Well, this is my version of those – sub in a tangy apricot jam and a crunchy streusel topping for the ultimate bite sized dessert. I love apricot jam. It’s not too sweet, and I think the orange color brightens up anything it is used in. Plus if my kids eat one of these and get some on themselves, it won’t stain their shirts like a red or purple jam would – win!
These bars are really simple to make. There are three layers, but one of those layers is apricot jam from a jar so all you need to do is pull a spatula from your drawer. One of my good friends has a son who is allergic to eggs, and this is the perfect dessert for them because guess what – no eggs! So if you have any friends in need of egg free desserts, add this one to your list. It can also be nut free if you omit the pecans from the topping.
Now, if apricots aren’t your jam (see what I did there), you can absolutely sub it with your favorite flavor, but I would highly recommend giving it a try with the apricot first. Make sure whatever you choose to use is a preserve or no sugar added jam because the crust and topping are enough sugar already so you don’t want any extra in your fruity layer.