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Crispy Date Bars

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling


2 dozen

I make these chewy bars around the holidays because they make a nice-size batch for my family. Plus, they keep well in the refrigerator, so I can make them when it's convenient. —Anna Sheehan, Spokane, Washington


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan, combine the dates, sugar and butter; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup hot mixture to egg; return all to pan. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir in cereal, nuts and vanilla. Spread over crust. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a small bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until creamy. Frost bars; cut and store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 235 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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