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Date Bar Squares Recipe


1 cup  brown sugar
1½ cups  all purpose flour
1½ cups old fashion oatmeal
1 tsp  baking soda
3/4 cup  butter
1/4 tsp  salt

Filling:
1 lb dates
1 cup  water
1 tsp  lemon juice
Prepare the filling first by simmering the dates, water and lemon juice in a saucepan for about five minutes until thickened and evenly smooth, stirring constantly.

Allow to cool.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
Mix in the sugar and oatmeal.
Layer half of the crumb mixture in the bottom of a 9 inch  square, greased baking pan and press down to make a firm layer.
Spread the cooled date mixture evenly over this and top with remaining crumble mixture.
Bake for 35 - 45 minutes until the top just begins to brown. Cool completely, cut into squares.

Mom use to make these for an Italian wedding tray, they are delicious, sweet and I convinced myself with oatmeal and dates they were actually healthy for me... problem is you can't eat the whole pan yourself  (smile) ....

35 comments:

  1. Claudia how on arth do you do this. Every time I peak at your site there is a brand new incredible recipe. You immediately had me clicking at the dates. These are definitely something to try .... when I find the time. Thanks!

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  2. It looks like italian "sbriciolata", I love it. It's faster to make than tart and it's delicious. I'm curious to try dates filling and even oatmeal in the dough. Thanks for sharing, bye bye

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  3. Yes! Yes! They are healthy! hehe. Beautiful little bars, and they must have a perfect natural sweetness, even some good, filling fiber :)

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  4. This square bar looks so temtpting , Claudia. Wish that I can have a slice right now.
    Kristy

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  5. These sound and look amazing. I like dates in any form.

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  6. So healthy and yummy!Thanks for sharing this great recipe,dear:)

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  7. Mmmm, dates! These look wonderful. I have never noticed a powdered sugar touch on date bars before, but how lovely and just right. Thanks Claudia what a great dessert to make, and yes they are (a bit) healthy.

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  8. Dates have such a natural sweetness to them! These are a real treat.

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  9. this so reminds me of my family treats, I think now I know of your recent facebook musings... so many things remind us of family, this one of my grandmother and her baking...

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  10. Using dates in a recipe adds such good natural sweetness. I made some apple squares on Sunday and sub.PB for butter and added dates along with the chopped apples. So good.
    I'm in the mood for good old date bars now. Thanks for sharing Claudia.

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  11. Those bars look fabulous! I love dates.

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  12. I think dates in a cookie are of course delicious, but also very elegant...love them! Beautiful job, my friend, as always!

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  13. These are just delicious! I make a very similar recipe every Christmas. They've been a tradition in our family for years. Great job, Claudia!

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  14. I wanna make them right now! Ha! fantastic recipe! Thanks!

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  15. Wow Claudia, this bars look yuumie specially with date filling. Great twist. Hope you are having a great week :-)

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  16. My Mom used to make dates squares, but out of a "box". she made good pies, but wasn't an adventuresome baker. I'm sure that these are so much better! I'm book marking these!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  17. You can tell this is an old fashioned recipe, because the new recipes do not call for sifting the flour.

    I can tell just by the ingredients, and the method that this truly is a "tried and true" recipe by your dear departed mom.
    It sounds really delicious and healthy, and it looks even more...lucky me, I still have 1/2 a bag of dates from a huge bag from Costco to use up:D

    Thanks for sharing, Claudia!

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  18. Definitely looks and sounds worth trying! Great recipe Claudia, thanks so much for sharing! =]

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  19. These look incredible, Claudia. I am printing the recipe to try. Of course, I'm the only one in the family who will eat these...but I just can't resist!

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  20. These really look delicious and I adore dates. I plan to give this recipe a try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  21. this looks wonderful Claudia love these little sweet snacks delicious with dates

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  22. Drooling over that date bar, it's incredible - need visiting you often LOL!

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  23. Such sweet beauties, Claudia. They are wonderfully old-fashioned from a simple time.

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  24. Dates and oats? Sounds completely healthy to me! And utterly delicious! Dates are like candy to me! So full of natural sweetness that they are perfect to use in recipes like this.

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  25. Dear Claudia, Just perfect with tea. Very nice and healthy too. Blessings, Catherine xo

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  26. Oh how delicious these bars look! I would love to try it - they sounds really delicious!

    xx,
    Tammy

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  27. I love dates. What a beautiful alternative to lemon bars. This is definitely more unique and sounds delicious!

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  28. I would totally love to have one of those delicious date bars right now!

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  29. Mmmm....dates and oatmeal. I would have convinced myself they were healthy too so I could eat extra. ;)

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  30. Incredible recipe Claudia, oats and dates...just delightful!

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  31. I'm a recent date convert. They add so much to a recipe. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  32. I have the perfect occasion to make these for! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! :)

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