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Crumb-Topped Date Bars

 Crumb-Topped Date Bars
The basic dough doubles as a shortbread-like crust and crumbly topping for these sweet date bars shared by Gloria.
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.


  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups Basic Cookie Dough


  • In a saucepan, bring the dates, sugar, water and lemon juice to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring
  • occasionally. Remove from the heat; cool.
  • Press half of the cookie dough into a greased 9-in. square baking
  • pan. Spread with date mixture. Crumble remaining dough over
  • filling. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden
  • brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: about 2 dozen.