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Date Bar Dessert

 Date Bar Dessert
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
18 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into
  • squares; top with whipped topping. Yield: 18 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 323 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 244 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 52 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.