hester's date bars

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By Nancy Eickenberg
from Defiance, OH

After my mother passed away, I was the lucky daughter to receive her old Searchlight cookbook. I found this recipe written by my mother tucked in the cookbook for these wonderful spongy dessert bars. A Christmas favorite.

serves Approx. 15
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For hester's date bars

  • 6
    eggs separated
  • 1 c
    sugar
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon zest, grated
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 c
    flour
  • 1 c
    chopped dates
  • 1 c
    chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1 c
    confectioner's sugar for rolling.

How To Make hester's date bars

  • 1
    Beat egg yolks until thick. Add salt, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix well. Beat egg whites to soft peak.
  • 2
    Sift flour and re-measure. Fold into egg mixture. Add dates and nuts. Carefully fold in egg whites. Pour into 8X12 baking dish. Bake in slow oven, 325 degrees for about 40 minutes. Completely cool. Cut into bars and roll in confectioner's sugar.

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