Mum's Date Cookies and Squares

Sue Fitzpatrick

By
@Dovey22

These have to be my favourite baked treat. Unfortunately for me, the only time of year Mom made the squares was Christmas, but she made the cookies as a special treat for Dad a couple of times a year. I've never been able to replicate hers, but they are still really good :)


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Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

DATE FILLING

1 lb
chopped dates
1 c
cold water
2 Tbsp
brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2
fresh orange (juice and grated rind)
1 tsp
lemon juice (fresh or bottled)

DATE COOKIES

1
date filling recipe
1/2 c
sugar
1/2 c
butter
1/2 c
lard (yes, lard!) or you can use 1 cup butter total, but they don't turn out the same)
1/2 c
milk
1 tsp
vanilla extract
2 1/2 c
all purpose flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
baking soda
2 c
rolled oats

DATE SQUARES

1
date filling recipe
1 1/2 c
cake and pastry flour
1 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
baking soda
1/4 tsp
salt
1 c
butter (just chilled, not cold or soft)
1 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
2 c
rolled oats

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Date Filling: Cook dates, water, orange rind and sugar in small saucepan (1 qt), over moderate heat until thick and smooth. Remove from heat, add juices mix well. Cool before spreading on cookie or oatmeal batter.
2
Date Cookies: Cream butter and lard, add sugar, mix until smooth, add vanilla and mix. Sift flour, baking powder and soda. Add to mixture alternately with milk. Add rolled oats a cup at a time, mix in. It will be stiff so you may want to use your hands to mix. Roll out on a floured surface, cut with 2-3” cookie cutter, place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 325°F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool and spread with date filling. Sandwich with another cookie on top.
3
Date Squares: Sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Rub in butter with tips of fingers. Add sugar and oatmeal. Mix well with fingers until all oatmeal is covered. It should be like a crumble. Spread one half of mixture crumbs into a greased, shallow pan, pat down to make it smooth. Cover with cooled date filling, spreading it evenly, then cover with the remaining crumbs. Pat to make smooth. Bake at 325°F for 30 to 35 minutes. Cut while still warm and allow to cool in the pan.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Canadian