Canadian Date Squares

"These date squares are a childhood favorite."
photo by PCrocker photo by PCrocker
photo by PCrocker
photo by Tanya Tissaaratchy photo by Tanya Tissaaratchy
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  • Combine dates, 1 TBSP brown sugar, and water in small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook, stirring often, until dates are soft enough to be mashed with a fork.
  • Set aside.
  • In mixer bowl, blend flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in brown sugar and oats.
  • Do not over mix.
  • Mixture should stay crumbly.
  • Press half of crumb mixture over bottom of lightly buttered 8x8-inch pan to form bottom crust.
  • Gently spread date filling over bottom crust.
  • Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over date filling.
  • Lightly pat with palm of hand to even out.
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Cool completely and cut into squares.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Donna B.
    I made these and though the flavor was good they were far too crumbly to eat. How to use a fork and just wasn't the same. I followed the recipe exactly! Can anybody have a suggestion as to how I can soften them up and make them edible?
  2. sandra.brousseau
    what size of pan do I use
  3. Tanya Tissaaratchy
    Can I use steel cut oats (not instant see picture)?
    • Review photo by Tanya Tissaaratchy


  1. Karl D.
    I am about to try this recipe, but can I just say I am frustrated by those people who review recipes after they have made significant changes to it. What is the point? Don't you see it is not a review of the recipe if you didn't follow it? Am I the only one who is frustrated by this?
  2. Shoga-chan
    Delicious and would be 5 stars but as others wrote did need to double amount of dates. I also had to add about another 1/2 cup of flour as that much margarine made the flour mix too mushy, but i suspect my non-cooking margarine is to blame. I also threw some grated apple in with the dates, and some almond slivers in the topping half of the crumb mix.
  3. dices_13131686
    We call these Matrimonial Squares here on Vancouver Island. Definitely butter and I have used raisons for the filling too. Yum!
  4. 2boyzmum
    These were a hit with parents and kids alike at a recent potluck. I added a few extra dates based on other reviews, and they turned out great! Thanks for sharing!
  5. Boxerwing
    Extremely yummy, especially warm from the oven. I probably used more dates than was called for, and added a bit more water when they were cooking. I also left the dates whole, and had no problems with large chunks; the dates mushed down quite nicely. Overall a delicious old-fashioned treat!


  1. Patty M.
    I love dates so i always add more , 12 ounces rather than 8
  2. islandstar
    Just read my text just sent - I guess my emoji does nit appear, instead ? For monkey on first entry and should show Canadian flag for last one. Thanks
  3. matthew c.
    does some one have that date bar recipe
  4. Margaret B.
  5. Angela S.
    I triple batched the recipe but quadruple batched the date mixture. Perfection!


I was born in Newfoundland, Canada. I grew up watching my grandmother bake bread and knit. <br>I now live in a friendly little town on the coast of North Carolina. I love to bake, especially bread and desserts. I also love to knit, especially socks, just like my grandmother. I am the co-owner of a yarn shop in our little town. When I'm not working in the shop I am usually at home in the kitchen!
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