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Best Date 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


  • 1. In a saucepan, combine dates, sugar and water. Cook, stirring frequently, until very thick. Stir in walnuts, if desired; cool.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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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
    Dec 31, 1969

    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
    Dec 31, 1969

    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

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