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Apricot Coconut Crumble Bars

Apricot Coconut Crumble Bars. NEW VIDEO ADDED! A twist on a lemon version of the same cookie bars but could easily be made with any jam filling you prefer.

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Apricot Coconut Crumble Bars

Originally published Dec 2018.

I love all kinds of crumble bar cookies and there are many others to be found here on Rock Recipes. With apricot, my favourite fruit filling being the star of the show though, this one has to be at the top of my favourites list.

Apricot Coconut Crumble Bars on a serving plate with tea and votive candles in background

Apricot Coconut Crumble Bars

This versatile recipe can use practically any fruit jam or compote for the filling. As an added bonus freezes very well too.

Just get them into the freezer immediately after they cool completely. This will preserve  their freshness and prevent the inevitable overindulgence that will follow. 😉

Desiccated coconut in white ceramic bowl.

Fine cut dried (desiccated) unsweetened coconut is the type to use in this recipe.

Perhaps it’s the appealing photo that accounts for its popularity. Or perhaps there are a lot of other apricot lovers like me out there but this recipe has become one of our most popular cookie bars ever on Rock Recipes. T

hat’s something, considering there are over 200 cookie recipes on site. 

Dried apricots for Apricot Coconut Cookie Bars shown in white ramekin.

Dried apricots for Apricot Coconut Cookie Bars

Every year during the lead up to the Holiday baking season, this recipe always sees an upsurge in hits on the website. You’ll want to add them to you Christmas cookie list for sure, especially since they freeze so well, like I mentioned earlier.

Apricot Jam in a clear glass jar.

In pinch, you can use a good quality apricot jam for the filling.

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Yield: 36 cookie bars

Apricot Coconut Crumble Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Apricot Coconut Crumble Bars – a buttery coconut crumble bar with a delicious apricot compote filling. Freezes quite well too.



  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups dried coconut, , medium cut
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup butter, , cut in small pieces


  • 3 cups chopped dried apricots, , (finely diced before measuring)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups boiling water



  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, coconut and salt.
  2. Using your hands or a pastry blender cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the it is completely incorporated and the mixture resembles a coarse crumbly meal.
  3. Press half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch well greased baking pan. 
  4. Pour and spread the apricot filling evenly over the bottom crumbs. 
  5. Gently sprinkle the remaining crumbs over the apricot filling and press down gently.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 40 – 45 minutes or until light golden brown in color. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares and serving.


  1. Simmer the chopped apricots, sugar and water until the apricots are softened and the mixture comes to a jam-like consistency. 
  2. Alternatively, you can use a good quality apricot jam. You will need about 2½ cups.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 156Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 14mgSodium 69mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 1g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Tuesday 18th of October 2022

Yummy! Made them just as the recipe says. Thank you for sharing.


Sunday 14th of November 2021

Can I use the food processor to chop the apricots? Looks delicious.

Christine Castagne

Monday 8th of November 2021

Is it ok not to put any sugar in the apricots since they are naturally sweet.

Andrea Martin

Saturday 24th of August 2019

I have this same recipe handed down thru my family that was always made at Christmas time. We also made it with date filling and pineapple as well


Saturday 19th of January 2019

Love apricot anything and these look delicious. Unfortunately I cannot buy dried apricots where I live. Could I use apricot jam? Had a recipe from about 50 years ago that used apricot baby food but not even sure you can buy that anymore and certainly not here.As I have not made this recipe I am rating based on the wonderful picture and ingredients. It is everything I look for in a bar.

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 28th of March 2019

Apricot Jam would be fine.

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