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Brown Sugar Date Squares

"I've used this recipe for years," shares Suzanne Caithamer of Walton, Kentucky. "It's a wonderful addition to care packages and holiday cookie exchanges. Even people who don't like dates love them!" You can cut larger squares and add a scoop of ice cream to serve as a dessert.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 pound pitted whole dates
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • CRUST:
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • In a small saucepan, combine the dates, brown sugar and orange juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes or until thickened and dates are tender, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Carefully spread with date mixture.
  • Stir walnuts into remaining crumb mixture. Sprinkle over filling; press down gently. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Serve with ice cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 251 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 110mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Kasha
    Sep 1, 2017

    i double the date filling for this size pan or use a smaller pan. And leave out the walnuts at familys requestgreat recipe freezes really well and can be cut up frozen as needed

  • primette
    Mar 5, 2012

    I made a half recipe this afternoon for my husband's birthday.It is delicious! The filling is smooth - exactly how date square filling is supposed to be!Also, this was so simple to make and used few dishes!When I make it next, I think I'll reduce the vanilla in the filling (since this is a bit strong, for my taste), and the cinnamon in the crust.Although, my husband did say it tasted like apple pie and date square together ... in his words, "the best birthday cake ever!"

  • rudylenak
    Jan 21, 2012


  • dogdaze
    Jun 19, 2010

    Absolutely Delicious!!!!!

  • djs1956
    Feb 28, 2009

    these are so good, since our kids are gone I cut the recipe in half and bake in a 9 in square pan. If you put dollops of the date mixture on the bottom layer,its easier to spread.I also grease the back of a spoon to help spread it.

  • DaniCalifornia
    Dec 6, 2008

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  • lssrls
    Sep 16, 2008

    These are very good !! I don't usually like dates but my husband does so thought I would try these.