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Matrimonial Bars

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A date bar recipe with date filling and oat and flour crust mixture.


  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • .
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup cut-up dates
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated orange peel
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


Sift flour, baking powder, soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut in shortening; add sugar and rolled oats. Mix well. Press half of the mixture into a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Pour cooled date filling evenly over the mixture. Cover with remaining flour/oat mixture.

Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. Cut while warm; cool in pan.
Makes about 36 bars.

To make filling: Combine dates, water, sugar, and orange peel in saucepan. Cook until thick and smooth. Stir in orange juice and lemon juice; mix well. Cool before spreading.

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 5 out of 5
Childhood food revisited, Member jkalisch

I made this for my boyfriend who grew up in the South and he said these tasted even better than what he remembered. Since it is not a food I know, I had no margin of reference, but this appears to be a very authentic recipe. The entire pan disappeared within one day, very tasty.

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