Date Nut Bars

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


5 dozen

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
I've had this recipe since 1938, when the girls I worked with game me a bridal shower. One of their presents was a recipe box filled with their favorites. Inside, I found this recipe, and I've used it for just about every occasion since. They're always well received.


  • 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, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. 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).
  2. 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.
If Cooking for Two: Bars will keep well stored in airtight containers in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 182 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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