The basic dough doubles as a shortbread-like crust and crumbly topping for these sweet date bars shared by Gloria.
- 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.
Originally published as Crumb-Topped Date Bars in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p53
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