It is comfort food at its finest.
Photo adapted from Land O' Lakes.
3/4 cevaporated milk
1 pkg(8 ounces) chopped dates
1/2 cfirmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cbutter, softened
3/4 cquick-cooking oats
1/2 tspbaking soda
1/3 ccoarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
How to Make Date Bars
- Combine evaporated milk, dates, sugar and vanilla in medium saucepan.
Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until thickened (8 to 10 minutes). Stir on walnuts; remove from heat and cool.
- Sift the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda together; add oats.
Beat brown sugar and butter on medium speed in large mixer bowl until creamy (1 to 2 minutes).
Add flour mixture and stir until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Reserve 1 cup.
- Press remaining crumbs into a greased 8 inch square baking pan.
Spread date filling over crust. Top with 1 cup of reserved crumbs.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Cut into bars.