Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

These squares are a family favourite and always on my Christmas baking list.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Measure flour, salt and baking powder in bowl and stir to blend, set aside.
  3. Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat, remove from stove. Stir in brown sugar.
  4. Blend in egg, vanilla and orange zest.
  5. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture.
  6. Stir in coconut and dates.
  7. Spread mixture into a greased 7"x 11" pan.
  8. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and cool before cutting in small squares.
Most Helpful

These are so very easy to make. Perfect for this busy time of year. I baked them in a glass pan, so lowered the temperature to 325*. It took an additional 15 minutes to set completely, but that's not a problem. I did find them a tad on the sweet side, so next time I'll cut them into smaller squares. Thanks Elly for the wonderful recipe.

Diana #2 December 14, 2012

Excellent square. Dates, oranges and coconut make for squares I really enjoy - and what makes it really special - there are not all that many recipes using that combination - which makes for popular on the serving tray. Don't be waiting to make this one for Christmas - it's good any time! Thank you Elly.

Gerry June 09, 2008

These were great! I followed another reviewer's suggestion and cut back about a third on the sugar and they turned out wonderfully.

fluffernutter April 05, 2008