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Crumb-Topped Date Bars

The basic dough doubles as a shortbread-like crust and crumbly topping for these sweet date bars. —Gloria McBride, Payson, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups Basic Cookie Dough


  • In a saucepan, bring the dates, sugar, water and lemon juice to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; cool.
  • Press half of the cookie dough into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Spread with date mixture. Crumble remaining dough over filling. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 141 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • gwashington1961
    Aug 4, 2012

    At last, the final recipe based upon 'Basic Cookie Dough'. It will yield 2 dozen (24) Bars. The Date filling may even be the 'Raisin Filling' We were searching for.

  • Choc. lover
    Jan 19, 2010

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