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Old-fashioned Date Bars

Sweet date filling sandwiched between a buttery crust and oatmeal topping in this classic treat.
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Keyworddate bars, dates
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Servings18 pieces



  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp almond extract or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour


  • 8-12 oz Medjool dates chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg


  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¼ cup sugar brown or white
  • 3 tablespoons butter cold
  • ¼ cup quick oatmeal
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted optional



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.



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