- 2-1/2 cups pitted dates, cut up
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, optional
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon water
- In a saucepan, combine dates, sugar and water. Cook, stirring frequently, until very thick. Stir in walnuts, if desired; cool.
- Sift the flour, salt and baking soda together in a large bowl; add oats and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle water over mixture; stir lightly. Pat half into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Spread with date mixture; cover with remaining oat mixture and pat lightly.
- Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 40 bars.
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"I found the recipe easy to follow. Unfortunately, the final product was too salty for my family's taste. Also, the base and topping were a bit too crumbly. I will try some modifications in hopes of saving this bar recipe."
"I too, like the previous post somewhere over the years have lost the recipe. My mother used to make these all the time in the 60's when we were children. This is a very good recipe and easy to make. Will definitely make it again. My children enjoy it just as much as I did. Thanks!"
"A hit with my family, including mom who used to make these when we were kids, but the recipe has been long lost. We are delighted to have such a delicious sub."
"Very good. Voted just as good as Mom's used to be."
"Delicious. Have made many many times."