Use up Those Green Tomatoes Bars

"An unusual recipe I clipped from Country Woman magazine years ago. I haven't tried it yet."
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2 dozen bars




  • Drain tomatoes on paper towels for 10 minutes.
  • In a saucepan, add drained tomatoes, 1 cup of the brown sugar, and the fresh lemon juice; simmer,uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon flavor extract and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and remaining 1 cup brown sugar.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt and mix well.
  • Stir in the oats and nuts.
  • Measure out 2 1/2 cups of this dry mixture and press it into the bottom of a greased 9x13" baking pan.
  • Spread the slighly cooled tomato mixture on top.
  • Crumble the remaining dry mixture over the top, like a crumb topping.
  • Bake at 375 F for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let cool completely, then cut into 24 bars to serve.

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  1. Super sweet, but set off nicely by the tang of the green tomatoes. The vanilla instead of lemon works well. Tomatoes vary a lot in water content, so be prepared to cook until thick. I just cooked it until I was ready with the crust, and then added some corn starch and water to thicken it to a jelly. Otherwise, it would have taken hours. Worked great. I don't understand the unsalted butter to which you add salt. Sodium isn't that critical in this recipe, and it is certainly not a health food. Look at the calories per piece! Use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh. It won't make a bit of difference. I also cut the sugar in the tomatoes to 1/2 cup, and it came out even better than the original. This is a good enough treat to bring to the church potluck.
  2. I made these for my daughter and nieces. They liked them. I agree with the reviewer that said they tasted similar to a fig newton, only a bit more tangy. We did drizzle some frosting on them to disguise the green tomato look - the oldest niece and I told the younger two they were green apple bars. The odor does give off that it is made with tomatoes
  3. This is really good. Saddly I have lost my tomatoe crop to late blight...and I can tell you I am feeling so sorry for the Irish who went through the potatoe famine(same disease different plants). Anyhow the extension agent said it was fine to eat the green ones that looked I have 30 plants worth of green tomatoes almost ready to turn red.......I did use 3 tsp.of cinnamon in the tomatoes, and 1 tsp. in the crust. I skipped the lemon extract. Also used a mixter of millet flour, barely flour, and reg. wheat flour.
  4. Theese were great! they are similar to date bars. I even canned chopped green tomatoes so i can make theese durring the winter. The whole family loved them. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.
  5. Yes, this is an unusual recipe, but so many green tomatoes-what the heck. The bars center reminded me of fig newtons only with tomatoes. A little bland even with the lemon extract. I am going to make the bars again with vanilla extract and cinnamon or apple pie spice (not kidding about to many green tomatoes). That should do the trick!



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