Date Bars, 12 Days of Cookies, Day 2

When I was growing up my Mom always made Date Bars, though they weren’t necessarily for Christmas, she’s make them throughout the year. Dates seem to be a winter fruit for us so I tend to make them in the winter. They’re one of my hubby’s favorite cookies. Enjoy our 12 Days of Cookie Recipe for Day 2!

DATE BARS
(Date Nut Bars)
DATE FILLING:

  • 3 cups dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Mix all ingredients in saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes, or until thickened; cool.

CRUST MIXTURE:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats

Preheat the oven to 400^. Grease a 9″x13″ baking pan and set aside.

Cream together butter, shortening, and brown sugar. Mix in remaining ingredients.

Press half the mixture into prepared pan. Spread with filling. Top with remaining crumble mixture, pressing lightly.

Bake 25-30 minutes, or until light brown. While warm, cut into bars about 2″ x 1 1/2″.

Makes 36 bars.

VARIATION:
You can omit the date filling and substitute 1 cup of your favorite jam, raspberry or blackberry are great.

See our 2009 12 Days of Cookies here.

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