- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups chopped dates
- 2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Confectioners' sugar
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, dates and nuts. Add the eggs, butter and vanilla; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened (batter will be very stiff).
- Spread in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool bars on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 5 dozen.
Reviews forDate Nut Bars
"Should be 2 sticks butter and soak the dates...should turn out not so dry. I've read other recipes and they all call for more butter."
"They are delicious but way too sweet. The sugar needs to be cut in half! Between the dates & honey the recipe does not need that much sugar."
"I need some advice on this recipe. When I baked them (convection) for 25 mins, they were not done inside, toothpick/knife did not come out clean, so I baked them for much longer. At first they cut ok but not great. Then after quite a while of sitting, they cut beautifully. They are super delicious, but very dry and crunchy. Any recommendations on the baking consistency, time, time to wait before cutting -- for a moister bar?"
"My mother did this recipe in the 1950s, today it still works. A half-recipe works well for a smaller pan. Very stiff batter is normal."
"These are very good. I may add a pinch of cinnamon next time."