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Cognac Date Squares

 Cognac Date Squares
Cider, cognac and pistachios provide new flavor to a classic. Cut into squares and place in a plastic sandwich bag, then bundle in tissue paper and slip into a reusable fabric sandwich bag tied with a ribbon. —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/4 cup Cognac or brandy
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt or kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the dates, apple cider, Cognac and 1/2
  • teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for
  • 8-10 minutes or until liquid is almost evaporated, stirring
  • occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to room
  • temperature.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon,
  • baking soda and remaining salt. Add butter; mix well. Press 1-1/3
  • cups into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Add pistachios to
  • remaining oat mixture; set aside.
  • Spread date mixture over crust; top with reserved pistachio mixture.

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Cognac Date Squares (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Bake at 350° for 24-28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a
  • wire rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 square equals 301 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 261 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein.