Brown Sugar Date Squares

This recipe is a wonderful addition to care packages and holiday cookie exchanges. Even people who don't like dates love them! You can cut larger squares and add a scoop of ice cream to serve as a dessert.

Yield

24 servings

Filling Ingredients

1 pound pitted whole dates
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup orange juice
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

Crust & Topping Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
dash salt
1 cup cold butter, cubed
3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with Pan Release or baking spray with flour.

In a small saucepan, combine the dates, brown sugar and orange juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 4 minutes or until thickened and dates are tender, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half into the prepared baking dish. Carefully spread with date mixture.

Stir walnuts into remaining crumb mixture. Sprinkle over filling; press down gently.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire cooling rack. Cut into squares. Serve with ice cream if desired.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes + cooling

Nutritional Information

1 serving (1 each) equals 251 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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