Date Nut Bars

Date Nut Bars Recipe

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Jan Mullikin


Every birthday my son requests two pans of this--one for home and one for his work. Easy, delicious and healthier than a regular cake. I've made it with dates or prunes--no one can tell the difference. My students from Jordan love this dessert! (If you can't find chopped or diced dates, buy whole ones and just squeeze out the seed and cut into pieces.)

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20 Min
30 Min


8 oz
chopped dates or cut up prunes
3/4 c
2 Tbsp
1 c
brown sugar
1/2 c
1/4 c
vegetable shortening
2 c
bisquick or baking mix
1 1/2 c

How to Make Date Nut Bars


  • 1Cook dates with water and sugar on stove top; after they come to a bubbly boil, use a wooden spoon and press until they become creamy mush. Set aside to cool a little.
  • 2Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 9 X 2 pan; mix 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup margarine and 1/4 cup shortening. Beat with mixer until creamy.
  • 3Add 2 cups Bisquick and 1 1/2 cup oats. Cut with pastry blender until crumbly. Don't mix. Just cut into crumbs.
  • 4Press half of the crumbs into the pan; cover with dates and spread dates with a spoon to make even.
  • 5Sprinkle other half of crumbly oats over dates and press down lightly.
  • 6Bake 25-30 minutes until lightly brown. Cool completely, then store in refrigerator. Cut AFTER they are cooled.

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About Date Nut Bars

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy