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Chewy Date Nut Bars Recipe
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Chewy Date Nut Bars Recipe

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You'll need just six ingredients, including a convenient boxed cake mix, to bake up these chewy bars chock-full of walnuts and dates. They are my husband's favorite snack, and he loves to take them to work. I often whip up a batch for bake sales or to share with my co-workers at our local car dealership.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 184 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and brown sugar. Add butter and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Combine dates and walnuts; stir into batter (batter will be stiff).
  2. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around sides of pan to loosen; cool completely before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Chewy Date Nut Bars in Quick Cooking November/December 1998, p30

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 184 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 134 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"I needed something quick for a church meeting, plus I had hoped to use up some dates I had on hand....these bars were PERFECT! Tasty & easy to make, they disappeared quickly, to rave reviews from the church group!"

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"These are yummy; one of my husband's favorites. Very quick & easy to toss together."

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Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

"I swapped the yellow cake mix for a spice cake mix ... delicious."

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"These are dangerously good! I don't want to stop eating them! My whole family loved this recipe, I will be sure to make it again maybe using some of the recommendations."

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Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"These were very good. I added 1/2 teasp. each of cinnamon & nutmeg and from the taste of them, I'm glad I did. Otherwise I think they would have been a little bland. Coconut would have been good too. As with most baked goods with fruit in them, they taste better the next day & thereafter."

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