Date Squares Bar Cookie Vintage Recipe Card

Bar cookies are a quick to make treat with little or no fuss. There’s something refreshing about pouring ingredients into one pan and throwing into the oven to bake. No forming individual cookies, no needing to use multiple baking sheets.

Date squares are a sweet, chewy and delicious dessert. Although I haven’t tried this recipe, it looks like a standard recipe that will yield a pan full magical goodness!

Date Squares Recipe

1 pkg pitted dates
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
juice of one half lemon
pinch of salt

1 2/3 cup quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt

For the filling, begin by chopping dates then add to a pot along with the water. Cook over medium heat until dates are tender. Add sugar and continue cooking until dissolved (clear). Stir in lemon juice and salt. Remove from heat.

For the dough, add dry ingredients into a mixing bowl then cut in the butter. Use fingers to finish mixing the ingredients until evenly blended together.

Grease a small square pan with butter. Add a little more than half of the dough mixture and press firmly into bottom and up the sides of pan. Fill with date paste and then sprinkle remaining dough over the top.

Although baking instructions are not provided, I would suggest baking at 375F for 35-45 minutes.

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