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Date Bar Dessert Recipe
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Date Bar Dessert Recipe

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MY MOTHER copied this recipe from a Quaker Oats box in the 1950s, and it remains one of our favorite treats today. I serve these date-filled squares as a snack or for dessert topped with a dollop of whipped cream. -Jill McCon, Montrose, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Whipped topping

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 323 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 244 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the dates, sugar and water. Cook for 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in walnuts. Spread over crust.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares; top with whipped topping. Yield: 18 servings.
Originally published as Date Bar Dessert in Reminisce July/August 1999, p45

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Reviewed Apr. 13, 2016

"Fantastic. Wow I really love this recipe. The whole family loves this recipe. Taste wonderful with whipped cream and fresh berries. I will make it often and share with everyone. If you think you don't like dates.....think again. Just a note, I made this with whole wheat flour and brown sugar splenda."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"I used a gluten free biscuit mix for the flour SUPER"

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