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Old-fashioned Date Bars

Sweet date filling sandwiched between a buttery crust and oatmeal topping in this classic treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword date bars, dates
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 18 pieces
Calories 184kcal

Ingredients

crust

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour

filling

  • 8-12 oz Medjool dates chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

topping

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar brown or white
  • 3 tablespoons butter cold
  • 1/4 cup quick oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted optional

Instructions

Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350degrees
  • Spray a 9 inch square pan
  • Beat the butter and sugar together, add the extract and beat well.
  • Add the flour and beat on low just until it starts to come together and then use a fork or your fingers to finish bringing it together. It will be crumbly.
  • Press the dough into the pan and press in well.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until set. Do not overbake.

Filling

  • In a small, heavy saucepan bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the sugar and chopped dates.
  • Bring it back to a boil and then turn the heat down on low to simmer, stirring often.
  • Simmer, stirring often, until thickened and soft. Remove from heat.
  • Spread the filling on the baked crust.

Topping

  • Mix the flour, sugar, and butter with a pastry cutter until nice and crumbly.
  • Add the oats and, if using, walnuts.
  • Spread the topping on the date filling.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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Nutrition

Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg