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Crispy Date Bars Recipe

I make these chewy bars around the holidays because they make a nice-size batch for my family. Plus, they keep well in the refrigerator, so I can make them when it's convenient.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan, combine the dates, sugar and butter; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup hot mixture to egg; return all to pan. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir in cereal, nuts and vanilla. Spread over crust. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until creamy. Frost bars; cut and store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 235 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 114 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.