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Date Squares

Date Squares created by  Pamela

I used to scout out date squares at bake sales when I was a kid. Definitely my favourite bar. I love the textures and flavours; buttery, crumbly crust; sweet, sticky date filling. A treat all the time!

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  • Simmer dates in orange juice and cinnamon for 30 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally. (be careful not to scorch mixture if it gets too thick)
  • Combine flour, salt and brown sugar and cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in coconut, nuts and oats.
  • Press half of dough mixture into bottom of 9 x 13 inch pyrex baking dish. Pat dough flat with a sheet of wax paper on hand.
  • Spread date mixture to within a half inch of edges.
  • Top with remaining dough and flatten lightly with wax paper on hand.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F (190C) oven for 45 minutes, or until golden.
  • Let cool in pan and cut into 24 bars (4 long strips cut by 6 shorter strips).
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"I used to scout out date squares at bake sales when I was a kid. Definitely my favourite bar. I love the textures and flavours; buttery, crumbly crust; sweet, sticky date filling. A treat all the time!"
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  1. Karna H.
    These date squares are AWESOME! I was hesitant because of the orange juice in them but they are so good I couldn't stop eating them! I highly recommend them! I would recommend either making Double or at least one and a half times the filling or just cut the crust in half because I found there was a lot more crust than filling....but the crust is so good I didn't care :o) If you like a lot of crust then just leave it as it is. Enjoy!
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  2. DGBinns
    Far too much square, not enough date.<br/><br/>I half the crumble ingredients leaving the dates/orange juice/cinnamon as is. Much better result.
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  3. Tiggrr
    These date squares were a wonderful addition to my dessert tray for Christmas. I loved the hint of orange with the dates and adding the coconut and walnuts to the crumb mix really heightened the flavour. I did make an oops, in the fact that I forgot the oatmeal in the bottom crust. After putting it all together I realized my mistake so did take some oatmeal and gently stirred it in the top crust with a fork. They baked up perfectly and no one noticed the difference. Thanks for a wonderful recipe Evelyn!
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  4. La Dilettante
    Excellent! The only change I made was a dash of vanilla after simmering the dates. My husband, who is IN LOVE with anything "oat-y" adored these with his morning coffee. Even though I'm not really a "sweets" person, I nabbed a couple and enjoyed them, too!
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  5. es alpukat
    This is brilliant - so yum! I added 1/4 cup-ish of minced candied ginger to the dough, and a tablespoon or so of orange zest to the date filling.
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