classic date bars

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By Ginny Carriera
from Greenwich, CT

Joan Buckley brought these to Curious Cuisiners on March 18th and recommends that she would make these in a larger pan than an 8" square since they are very thick and crumbly.

serves 16
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For classic date bars

  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 1/2 c
    chopped, pitted dates
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 c
    packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 c
    old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 3/4 c
    unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)

How To Make classic date bars

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350. Butter 8x8" metal baking pan. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to simmer in medium saucepan. Add dates, simmer until very soft and thick, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Cool at room temperature. Stir in vanilla.
  • 2
    Combine flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in large bowl, stir to blend. Add butter. Using fingertips, rub in until moist clumps form. Press half of the oat mixture evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Spread date mixture over. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture, press gently to adhere. Bake until brown at edges and golden brown and set in center, about 40 minutes. Cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into bars and serve.