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Date Squares with Oat Crust

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (4 Reviews)


date bars with oat crumb crust
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Delicious date bars are made with an oat crust and wonderful date filling.

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats, uncooked
  • date filling (below)


Cream butter (or margarine) and sugar together until light and fluffy. combine flour, salt and soda; add to creamed mixture. Stir in oats, blending well.

Pat half of the mixture into a lightly buttered 13x9x2-inch baking pan; spread with date filling then top with remaining crust mixture. Pat lightly to smooth top crust. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Cut into bars while still warm; remove from pan. Makes 32 date squares or bars.

Date Filling

  • 1 1/2 pounds dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine dates, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan; cook over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until smooth and thick. Stir in vanilla. Cool slightly before spreading on oat crust. Makes 3 cups of date filling.

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User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
Yum!, Member cristobalmoreno

Since it's a ""southern"" recipe, I reduced the quantities of sugar by about half. That made it more crumbly than it should be. Could maybe fix that by adding a splash of milk. But noone complained. The dates are plenty sweet enough.

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