Monday, November 21, 2011

COOK Date Squares

After getting to 6:00pm yesterday and realizing I was really hungry, and then also realizing I hadn't eaten yet... maybe it's time for some "healthy" snacks in the fridge. Jerky is a great one, lots of protein, but we've got to wait for the beef to come back first. This is another family favourite, and definitely one of mine. It's also very easy to make. 


  • ½ pounds Chopped & Pitted Dates
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1-½ cup Brown Sugar, Divided
  • ¾ cups Butter
  • 1-½ cup Flour
  • 1-¾ cup Rolled Oats
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda (dissolve In 2 Tbsp Hot Water)
Combine Dates, 1 cup Water, Vanilla & 1/2 cup Brown Sugar in a saucepan. Over low heat cook down until dates are soft and mixture is thick (about 10-20 minutes). Cool.

Cream butter; add 1 cup Brown Sugar, Flour, Oats, Salt and Baking Soda, mix.
Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper (or butter & flour). Press half mixture firmly into bottom of baking pan. Add date filling. Spread other half of the mixture over top.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
Cool before slicing. Keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Or you can freeze them for later. 

These are very filling and perfect for a mid-afternoon snack. The kids love them too.

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