Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

These date squares are a childhood favorite.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine dates, 1 TBSP brown sugar, and water in small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook, stirring often, until dates are soft enough to be mashed with a fork.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In mixer bowl, blend flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  6. Stir in brown sugar and oats.
  7. Do not over mix.
  8. Mixture should stay crumbly.
  9. Press half of crumb mixture over bottom of lightly buttered 8x8-inch pan to form bottom crust.
  10. Gently spread date filling over bottom crust.
  11. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over date filling.
  12. Lightly pat with palm of hand to even out.
  13. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  14. Cool completely and cut into squares.


Most Helpful

We call these Matrimonial Squares here on Vancouver Island. Definitely butter and I have used raisons for the filling too. Yum!

dices_13131686 December 22, 2014

These were a hit with parents and kids alike at a recent potluck. I added a few extra dates based on other reviews, and they turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

2boyzmum June 15, 2010

Delicious and would be 5 stars but as others wrote did need to double amount of dates. I also had to add about another 1/2 cup of flour as that much margarine made the flour mix too mushy, but i suspect my non-cooking margarine is to blame. I also threw some grated apple in with the dates, and some almond slivers in the topping half of the crumb mix.

Shoga-chan September 12, 2009

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