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Date Bars

My Mom used to make these Date Bars when I was a kid and I loved them then, and love them even more now as an adult! The sweet date filling inside an oat crust and topping is what makes these cookies so good!

Cutting up the dates can be a little bit of a sticky process, but other than that, these are pretty easy to make, and worth the effort.

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Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: 36 cookie bars

Ingredients:

  • DATE FILLING:
  • 3 cups cut up, pitted dates (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • BARS:
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups quick cooking oats

Instructions:

  1. DATE FILLING:

  2. Chop up dates, use a sharp knife or kitchen shears. Rinse knife or when the blade becomes sticky. Cook all ingredients over low heat 10 minutes, staring constantly, until thickened; cool.

  3. BARS:

  4. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. set aside. Mix brown sugar and butter together. Mix in remaining ingredients until crumbly. Press half of the crumb mixture evenly in the bottom of the pan. Spread with the date filling. Top with remaining crumb mixture, pressing lightly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until light brown; cool slightly. Cut into 2 X one and one half dash inch bars. Variation: You can omit the date filling and substitute one cup of your favorite jam, raspberry or blackberry are great.

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