Date Nut Bars Recipe
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Date Nut Bars Recipe

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I've had this recipe since 1938, when the girls I worked with game me a bridal shower. One of their presents was a recipe box filled with their favorites. Inside, I found this recipe, and I've used it for just about every occasion since. They're always well received.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 date nut bars (calculated without confectioners'sugar) equals 182 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 63 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, dates and nuts. Add the eggs, butter and vanilla; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened (batter will be very stiff).
  2. Spread in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool bars on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 5 dozen.
If Cooking for Two: Bars will keep well stored in airtight containers in the freezer.
Originally published as Date Nut Bars in Reminisce Extra June 1994, p49

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Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"My mother did this recipe in the 1950s, today it still works. A half-recipe works well for a smaller pan. Very stiff batter is normal."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"These are very good. I may add a pinch of cinnamon next time."

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