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Date Squares

Posted By Alex On February 13, 2016 @ 5:30 pm In Cookies and Squares | Comments Disabled

Date Squares

Prep Time:  20 minutes                        Baking Time:  35 minutes
Yield: 12-15 squares



1 1/2 pkg (375 g/pkg) chopped pitted dates (about 3 cups)
1 1/4 cup (310 mL) water
1/3 cup (85 mL) brown sugar
2 tablespoons (30 L) fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon (15 mL) unsalted butter

Crust and Topping:

2 cups (500 mL) oatmeal flakes (not instant)
300 g (2 cups) all purpose flour
1 cup (210 g) hard-packed golden/light brown sugar
¾ teaspoon (3 mL) baking soda
1 teaspoon (5 mL) salt

285 g (10 ounces or 2 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 teaspoons (10 mL) pure vanilla extract


  1. Prepare Filling: In a saucepan, place the chopped pitted dates. Add the water and slowly cook over low-medium heat until dates soften and the mixture thickens. Add brown sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Continue to cook until sugar has dissolved.   Remove from heat; stir in butter,  and allow to cool to room temperature while the crust is being prepared.  The mixture can be pureed, if desired (or  use a potato masher or spatula to break up larger pieces of dates, if necessary).
  2. Prepare crust and topping:   Preheat oven to 350 0F (180 0C ). Line a 9 x 9 or 10 x 10 pan with parchment paper.     In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Cut in the butter, and sprinkle in the vanilla, with a fork or your hands until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Alternatively, place the dry ingredients into the bowl of the food processor and pulse until combined.   Gradually add the butter and vanilla to the bowl, pulsing until coarse crumbs are created.
  3. Evenly press half of the crumb mixture to make a crust into the prepared pan. Add the date mixture. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over date mixture, pressing down very lightly.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. [1]



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