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Brown Sugar Date Squares

 Brown Sugar Date Squares
"I've used this recipe for years," shares Suzanne Caithamer of Walton, Kentucky. "It's a wonderful addition to care packages and holiday cookie exchanges. Even people who don't like dates love them!" You can cut larger squares and add a scoop of ice cream to serve as a dessert.
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pitted whole dates
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • CRUST:
  • 1-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the dates, brown sugar and orange juice.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes or
  • until thickened and dates are tender, stirring constantly. Remove
  • from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon,
  • baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half into a
  • greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Carefully spread with date
  • mixture.
  • Stir walnuts into remaining crumb mixture. Sprinkle over filling;

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Brown Sugar Date Squares (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • press down gently. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until
  • lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Serve with
  • ice cream if desired. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 251 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.