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Best Date Bars

Date recipes are some of my favorite desserts to cook up. These date treats are very easy to bake, and one sheet of them will yield 48 good-sized bars. I sometimes add nuts, coconut or candied fruit. —Dorothy DeLeske, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    40 bars


  • 2-1/2 cups pitted dates, cut up
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • In a saucepan, combine dates, sugar and water. Cook, stirring frequently, until very thick. Stir in walnuts, if desired; cool.
  • Sift the flour, salt and baking soda together in a large bowl; add oats and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle water over mixture; stir lightly. Pat half into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Spread with date mixture; cover with remaining oat mixture and pat lightly.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze bars in serving-size portions.
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  • chrisp7573
    Oct 16, 2018

    Soooo good!!! I used almond flour instead of all purpose flour.

  • dschowen
    Apr 8, 2016

    This was too salty and I ended up tossing it. I will make some changes and try again.

  • ckcmch
    Oct 15, 2015

    I found the recipe easy to follow. Unfortunately, the final product was too salty for my family's taste. Also, the base and topping were a bit too crumbly. I will try some modifications in hopes of saving this bar recipe.

  • Jfmiddleton
    Jan 12, 2015

    I too, like the previous post somewhere over the years have lost the recipe. My mother used to make these all the time in the 60's when we were children. This is a very good recipe and easy to make. Will definitely make it again. My children enjoy it just as much as I did. Thanks!

  • sharonrose2
    Nov 22, 2013

    A hit with my family, including mom who used to make these when we were kids, but the recipe has been long lost. We are delighted to have such a delicious sub.

  • langang
    Nov 2, 2011

    Very good. Voted just as good as Mom's used to be.

  • blessednest
    Sep 4, 2011

    Delicious. Have made many many times.

  • kjgroves
    Nov 16, 2010

    This recipe is very close to the Krusteaz Brand of Date Bar Mix, which they don't make anymore. Mom use to cook these all the time. I added a touch of cinnamon to the oatmeal mix. Sooo goood!

  • tastetester2
    Sep 24, 2009

    These look delicious!Did you ever make those big chewy peanut butter cookies like McKeesport Vocational School's cafeteria? I'd love to have that recipe.baking afficionado

  • cupcakeforme
    Oct 30, 2006

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