Date Bars

"In these, the dates are mixed right into the batter."
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36 bars




  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Butter and line with parchment a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  • Beat butter in medium bowl.
  • Gradually add sugar and beat until combined (mixture will appear grainy).
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Stir in milk and vanilla.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in small bowl.
  • Add to butter mixture and stir until just blended.
  • Mix dates and walnuts gently into batter.
  • Transfer batter to pan; smooth top.
  • Bake until top is brown and tester comes out clean (with a few moist crumbs attached), about 35 minutes.
  • Cool 10 minutes.
  • Run knife around edge of pan to loosen.
  • Reverse carefully onto cookie sheet.
  • Peel off parchment.
  • Invert again.
  • Cool. Cut into bars.
  • Sift icing sugar over.

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  1. eatrealfood
    if i die from anything it would be tiramisu, so when my husband brought me a slice home, i decided to make him these date bars to throw the scent off my it happens, the tiramisu is intact in the fridge and i have devoured two slabs of these already! my husband, who is a huge date fan, loved these too. one of the reasons i chose this recipe is that it doesn't require the immoderate amounts of butter and sugar that other recipes do. even so, i was a bit chary as i made the recipe, but the taste laid all doubts to rest. i only used to cups of dates as i didn't want to overwhelm the batter and wanted to be able to taste the "cake" part of it. i should also point out that my attempt yielded 22 bars and they were fairly generously sliced. thanks for a lovely recipe!
  2. WaterMelon
    evelyn, these are absolutely delish! i halved the recipe; there are only two of us. (actually i'll be only one devouring these!) i already had two pieces as i typed this... the sweetness is just right, and i love the combi of walnuts and the dates i bought from dubai. truly, truly a TREAT. i also posted a pic, i hope it's not too hazy. thanks! (PICK A CHEF) And i'm embarrassed to tell u that i also licked the spoon clean, and very tempted to lick the bowl too. ;-)
  3. J-Lynn
    These have good flavor, and I will make them again... but will tweak the recipe. I did cut the sugar in half and they were still nicely sweet. I chopped over 2 cups of dates, and that seemed like plenty in ratio to the cake part. But the finished product was really dry, which I didn't expect for a date bar. Next time I will try adding a bit of applesauce and also baking less time.
  4. bose lui
    Did anyone find the baking time on these a little excessive? I set the timer at 350 for 30 minutes and they came out way too done. The suggested 35 minutes would have been complete overkill. Plus, I agree with whoever cut down the amount of dates. If I'd used 3 and 1/2 cups it would have been all dates and no dough. I used about 2 and 1/2 and that seemed plenty. I'm sorry. I love dates and I'm eating these but I don't think they're as good as all the other reviews claim.
  5. JanetLee52
    I love anything with dates and nuts and these were awesome in my book! Even the little ones loved them!


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