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nancy dunn bars

Recipe by
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Hoboken, NJ

This recipe comes from the book Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke.

yield 10 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For nancy dunn bars

  • 8 oz
    chopped pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 c
    orange juice
  • 2 1/2 c
  • 1 1/2 c
    brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 1/2 c
    soft butter (3 sticks)
  • 2 c
  • 1 1/2 c
    shredded coconut
  • 1 c
    chopped walnuts or pecans

How To Make nancy dunn bars

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2
    In a medium sized saucepan, combine the dates and the orange juice; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • 3
    In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in the softened butter with a pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly.
  • 4
    Stir in the oats, 1 cup coconut, and nuts; mix thoroughly.
  • 5
    Grease a 9 X 13 pan. Measure out 4 cups of the oat mixture and set aside. Press the remaining mixture in the bottom of the baking pan. Spread the date mixture evenly over the crust to within 1/4" of the edges. Sprinkle the remaining mixture over the dates, then sprinkle the 1/2 cup of coconut on the top; pat down gently.
  • 6
    Bake for 35-40 minutes or until light golden brown on top. Cool completely in pan on wire rack before cutting into bars.