I love date squares and these did not disappoint. I really did not know what to expect as previous attempts to "bake in the microwave" never worked. I made a couple of changes to the filling based on the recipe I make in the oven. I increased the dates to 2 cups, included the zest of the lemon and I included the rest of the lemon juice with the water and still included the raisins. I would increase the measuring cup size if you want to make these changes as it boiled over. I couldn't wait until they cooled to try them and they were great. The crust wasn't soggy as I expected, but not like they would be had you baked them in the oven. Over all they are a success and I will continue to make them in the dog days of summer. Thank you Derf for posting such a great recipe.