Date Bars from my Childhood

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

I call them that because as far back as I can remember, my Grandmother made these on special occasions, or just because. And my mother always made them, too. They are just so good and really "datey" , just the way I like them.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make the filling: Boil dates, sugar, and water until thick, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add 1 TBSP butter, the vanilla, and the walnuts.
  3. Set aside to cool a bit.
  4. Prepare the crust: Combine all dry ingredients with the melted butter.
  5. Press half of the mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9 pan.
  6. Cover with filling mixture and top with remaining half of crust mixture.
  7. Press lightly.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  10. Cut into squares when cool.
Most Helpful

This recipe was excellent. It has been years since I had a date bar cookie this good. It was very easy to make. I only had and 8oz. package of chopped dates so I added a can of date fillingrnI had to the cooked date mixture. It still comes out great. You do have to wait to cut and eat these cookie bars after they have completely cooled. They were wonderful! Thank you so much for the recipe. This is a keeper. Agb342

Annetta October 07, 2002

That's okay, PetitFour.;) Let me just say that I'm sorry they didn't work out for you, but I really don't know what the problem could be. As I said, my grandmother, mother and I have been using this recipe for literally decades, with not one problem-ever. We've never had a raw taste, and the 25 minute baking time is all that's needed. Maybe you didn't press it firmly enough into the pan, which may explain why they fell apart. And as Annetta said, and as stated in the recipe, cool the bars completely before cutting. In fact, after you contacted me about the trouble you were having, I made these again myself,to make sure there were no mistakes in the recipe.I followed this exact copy from Zaar, and they were perfect. Once again, sorry PetitFour, but thanks for giving them a second try before you reviewed. I still stand by the recipe, though, and hope that others will not be afraid to give it a try.

ciao February 28, 2003

I am really hating writing this review. I gave this recipe 3 stars because I loved the filling. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the crust. I have made this recipe twice, and even consulted Leannr regarding the possible problem, but I can't figure it out. All I know is that the crust when I made it did not bake in 25 minutes. Nor did it bake in 45 minutes. Or at least, it still tasted of raw oatmeal, and when the bars were cut they fell completely apart. I made it the first time with figs, and the second time with dates. Neither time did the crust come out the way I wanted it to. I was very disappointed, because I did want to like these, but I didn't. The filling, however, is perfect. Perfect taste, perfect texture. If I can find a crust that works for me, I will continue to use this filling because it really is wonderful. I'm sorry, Leannr. I tried, I really did.

P4 February 26, 2003