Grandma's Date Bars Recipe
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Grandma's Date Bars Recipe

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These nicely textured bars are delicious. It's a good recipe for today's diet awareness, because there's no shortening used. My great-grandmother, who was born in 1868, made these bars, and the recipe has come down through the generations. Now my children are making them. -Marilyn Reid, Cherry Creek, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 169 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Grandma's Date Bars in Reminisce November/December 2001, p50

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jmkasprak 50981
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"These are great ... they're chewy and sweet, and so hard to stop eating."

Librachild 92117
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"Saw this recipe this morning and made it this very afternoon and have already enjoyed two pieces with my glass of 2 % milk.Definitely delicious and very easy to assemble."

cowdogmom 81273
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2009

"This is exactly the recipe I inherited from my German grandmother (I am almost 70) except she baked them in a 9 x 13 pan, which made them very thin. These are so very good."

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