Dates-Under-a-Cloud Bars Recipe

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When I was in grade school, we had a community cookbook that included these yummy bars. Use a wet knife when cutting them to easily slice through the meringue.—Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


  1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine dates, water and orange peel; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.
  3. For crust, in a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Press onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Spread date mixture over top.
  4. With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Spread over date mixture; sprinkle with almonds.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Dates-Under-A-Cloud Bars in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2014

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