Old-Fashioned Date Bars

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

Wrap in festive packaging to give as hostess gifts!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Mix together flour, baking powder, and baking soda; and gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  6. Fold in the dates and nuts.
  7. Spread the batter evenly in a greased 13x9 baking pan and bake at 375°F for 25 minutes or until golden.
  8. Cool in pan.
  9. Cut into approximately 24 bars.


Most Helpful

I'm surprised no one else has made these delicious bars before! I made them yesterday and what an absolute hit they were with everyone! I followed the recipe exactly as given...the only deviation that I did do was to substitute pecans with walnuts (because I did not have pecans). The date bars were amazing! I will definitely be making them again and again. In Hindi, 'bar-bar', means 'again and again'. Well this is what my family calls your date bars....'date bar-bar'! Needless to say, I will be making them bar-bar!! A definite keeper and deserves a big 5 star rating by any standards. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Honeybeee October 29, 2002

This is bliss! How can you go wrong with a boatload of butter and brown sugar?!? As a nod toward "health" (excuse me a moment: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah) I used half whole wheat flour. These would be delectable with any additive, not just dates and pecans. Oooooo...now I wish I would have stirred in grated orange rind, too! Enjoy any and all who dare! Thanks Sue!!!

KWB January 14, 2010

Good, but would be better with some oatmeal in them, the way old fashioned date bars are.

Grammabobbie September 21, 2009

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