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Date Bar Dessert

MY MOTHER copied this recipe from a Quaker Oats box in the 1950s, and it remains one of our favorite treats today. I serve these date-filled squares as a snack or for dessert topped with a dollop of whipped cream. -Jill McCon, Montrose, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Whipped topping


  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the dates, sugar and water. Cook for 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in walnuts. Spread over crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares; top with whipped topping.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 323 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Tanna
    Apr 26, 2020

    This was fantastic! I only had to make a few changes due to lack of specific ingredients. I didn't have the full amount of dates so I added dried cherries. I sissy substituted pecans for walnuts. The crust is so good and it mixes well with the gooey topping. Rich and full of flavor.

  • momommy2168
    Apr 13, 2016

    Fantastic. Wow I really love this recipe. The whole family loves this recipe. Taste wonderful with whipped cream and fresh berries. I will make it often and share with everyone. If you think you don't like dates.....think again. Just a note, I made this with whole wheat flour and brown sugar splenda.

  • moparjoe
    Jul 3, 2014

    I used a gluten free biscuit mix for the flour SUPER