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Brown Sugar Date Squares

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

2 dozen

"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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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