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Apricot Date Squares Recipe

Apricot Date Squares Recipe

Memories of her mom's fruity date bars inspired Shannon Koene of Blacksburg, Virginia to create this wonderful recipe. “I've had great results replacing the apricot jam with orange marmalade,” notes Shannon.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup 100% apricot spreadable fruit or jam
  • 1-3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed


  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and dates. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 1-1/3 cups and is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Remove from the heat. Stir in spreadable fruit until blended; set aside. In a food processor, combine the oats, flour, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add butter; cover and process until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • 3. Press 3 cups crumb mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread date mixture to within 1/2 in. of edges. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture; press down gently.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 147 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 65mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Apricot Date Squares

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kafaughn User ID: 3552105 98745
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"One of my favorite desserts."

blessednest User ID: 1416484 157449
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"My kids absolutely loved these!"

csublet User ID: 4739275 172852
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"These were delicious, expecially hot from the oven. I substituted chopped dried apricots for the dates since my husband doesn't like dates and what a hit!"

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