Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins
These date squares are a childhood favorite.
- 8 ounces dates, cut up
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups oats (not instant)
- Combine dates, 1 TBSP brown sugar, and water in small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook, stirring often, until dates are soft enough to be mashed with a fork.
- Set aside.
- In mixer bowl, blend flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir in brown sugar and oats.
- Do not over mix.
- Mixture should stay crumbly.
- Press half of crumb mixture over bottom of lightly buttered 8x8-inch pan to form bottom crust.
- Gently spread date filling over bottom crust.
- Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over date filling.
- Lightly pat with palm of hand to even out.
- Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Cool completely and cut into squares.
We call these Matrimonial Squares here on Vancouver Island. Definitely butter and I have used raisons for the filling too. Yum!
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!
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.