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.
Extremely yummy, especially warm from the oven. I probably used more dates than was called for, and added a bit more water when they were cooking. I also left the dates whole, and had no problems with large chunks; the dates mushed down quite nicely. Overall a delicious old-fashioned treat!
If you remember the Date Bar mix that Pillsbury made years ago, and wonder why in the world they ever discontinued them, this is your lucky day. These are as good or even better than that. Really. I did use a little more dates, but that was the only change.
These are delicious!! I tried making then gluten & dairy free as I have sensitivities to both. I used Bob red mills all purpose gluten free flour , coconut oil to replace the butter , gluten free oats and to cut back on sugar I used no brown sugar but a 1/4 cup of maple syrup. The dates are sooo sweet that they don't need too much added sugar. I also doubled the amount of dates. I'll definitely be making these again :)
I see now why these are called "Canadian" date squares: I thought the amount of date filling was just right, and I'm Canadian!
Taste was very good, I agree it needs almost double the amount of dates and I personally would cut the sugar by 1/3 to 1/2, I found them too sweet. For some reason mine came out way too crumbly on top, I used cold butter because it didn't specify, perhaps that is where I went wrong.
After reading the comments I used the entire block of pitted dates I had, 375 grams, just over 1 1/2 cups, increased the water to about 3/4 cup and added 2 teaspoons of orange zest and some almond extract. They smell absolutely delicious, and I'm sure they'll taste even better, just waiting for them to cool now! Thanks for the recipe! : )
Thanks for sharing a delicious recipe. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a 9x13. I too noticed that there didn't seem to be quite enough filling as I was spreading it out. The end result was fine, but for the sake of my anxiety levels, I'll increase the filling by half again next time. (There will definitely be a next time!)