My sister got a pan of these along with her birthday cake every year. Lucky her! (I didn't have it so bad. My mom always got me a bag of chocolate covered raisins on mine.) But this recipe is so easy, you really should make it more than once a year!
- Cook dates, sugar and water in heavy saucepan to the consistency of jam. Let cool.
- Cream shortening with the brown sugar.
- Sift flour, soda, and salt into the creamed mixture.
- Add oats and mix until well blended.
- Put half of oat mixture in a greased 13x9x2 pan.
- Press and flatten to cover the bottom.
- Spread with date filling.
- Cover with remaining oat mixture. Pat smooth.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.