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Date Bars from my Childhood

0:20 prep
0:45 total


prep 0:20       total 0:45





1-3/4 cup oatmeal
1-1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt

Date Filling

1 lb. chopped dates
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts


Make the filling:
Boil dates, sugar, and water until thick, about 5-10 minutes. Add butter, vanilla and the walnuts; set aside to cool a bit.

Prepare the crust:
Combine all dry ingredients with the melted butter. Press half of the mixture into a lightly greased 13x9 pan. Cover with filling mixture and top with remaining half of crust mixture. Press lightly. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes (no longer than that). Cut into squares when cool.**

Author's Comments

As far back as I can remember, my Grandmother made these on special occasions, or just because. And my mother always made them, too. They so good and really &quot;datey&quot; , just the way we like them.<br />
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**You must let these cool completey before trying to cut.**

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1 Recipe Reviews


hypern reviewed Date Bars from my Childhood on July 31, 2005

I love dates and now I love the even more. These are so easy to make and they taste wonderful. I didn't have walnuts so I left them out but still the result was excellent