Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is an old time favorite square recipe.Date Squares are known in Western Canada as Matrimonial Cake is a popular date filled rolled oat squares.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Base:.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cut in butter until crumbly.
  4. Spread 3/4 of the crumbs in a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
  5. Date Filling:.
  6. Mix dates, water and sugar together in a saucepan.
  7. Cook until thick, stirring frequently.
  8. Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
  9. Allow to cool before using.
  10. Spread over the crumbs in the pan.
  11. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over top of the filling.
  12. Bake at 350 degrees F.
  13. for 20 minutes.


Most Helpful

Made this last night for dessert. Was looking for any easy recipe its one of my wife's favorite cake. I fondly remember my mother making this as well. I made it as the recipe calls for except I screwed up and added the lemon at step six. Still it tasted great. Tastes even better the next day and the next. Thank you Bohod

Bohod April 09, 2009

I have eaten this square all my life but I had never make it since that was my mom's specialty. It is one of my favorite squares. I really liked this recipe. Easy to put together and nice that it made a 9x13 pan. The only thing I did different was to double the date filling. I found that was perfect for what I was accustomed to. I will be making this again. It will be on my holiday tray as well. Great recipe, thanks!

Dotty2 November 19, 2005

Very good...crumb mixture stays together well.

Juliemoon October 16, 2005

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