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


  • 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 each: 184 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  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

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sistersofmercy User ID: 8948216 255066
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2016

"my husband loves these too. I add 50% more dates & also the zest of a lemon and an orange to them. I also bake them for 17-18 minutes, then take them out for 15, then put them back in till done. it's a trick I learned from Alton Brown (he recommends it for baking brownies) that makes them to die for. we like them warmed up with coffee or tea. Delightful <3"

dig1 User ID: 6907234 250645
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2016

"Good one"

SuSey22 User ID: 1214956 51681
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!"

Baking Diva User ID: 4467421 62814
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

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

SmilynStef User ID: 7193790 50006
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

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

deltatoolgirl User ID: 1215550 202875
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."

Miss Arlene User ID: 4863988 31112
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."

Kartrice User ID: 6507285 23007
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"I have been making this recipe for years because my husband love these bars. I like to add chocolate chips or butterscotch chips."

kbrambl User ID: 5857586 57083
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"Love this recipe. I have made it with different cake mixes, spice & german chocolate, both were great. I added 3/4 c. dried cranberries and a little cinnamon & nutmeg. I also tried substituting pumpkin and canola oil for the butter, tasted great, nice & moist."

dolcevita User ID: 3080010 24731
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"These bars are so simple and delicious. I have even substituted chocolate chips for the dates....sooo yummy! Both versions are a hit with my family."

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