Great-Aunt Amy's Date Bars Recipe

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This recipe has been handed down from my Great-Aunt Amy, who was born in 1879. My mother baked these bars every Christmas, and now my sisters and I bake them for our own family holiday gatherings.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) pitted dates, chopped, divided
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 large eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 80 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 17mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Roll half of the dates in 1 tablespoon flour; arrange in bottom of a greased and floured 9-in. square baking pan. In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients except confectioners sugar. Spread over dates. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Cool; cut into squares and roll in confectioners' sugar. Yield: 6-7 dozen.
Originally published as Great-Aunt Amy's Date Bars in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p48

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