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Date-Pecan Pie Bars

I found this recipe many years ago in a magazine. The original called for walnuts, but I tweaked it to use our abundant Texas pecans. I make these for Christmas and other times throughout the year. —Lillian Greenslade, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 package (8 ounces) pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto bottom of a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake until lightly browned, 15-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat first six filling ingredients until just combined. Stir in flour and baking powder. Stir in dates and pecans. Pour over crust.
  • Bake until filling is set, 20-25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 211 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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