Date squares

  • Time cooking time: 40-45 minutes total
  • Yield makes 16 squares

Ingredients

    1 1/2 cups flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1 1/2 cups oatmeal
    1 1/2 cups brown sugar
    1 cup butter

    For filling:
    1 1/2 pounds pitted dates
    1 cup hot water
    1/4 cup sugar pinch of salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Prepare filling first. Combine dates, hot water, sugar and salt together in a saucepan.
    Cook over medium heat until dates are soft and water is absorbed; add vanilla and let cool.
    Stir flour and baking soda together; add to oatmeal and brown sugar and mix well.
    Work in butter with fork until mixture is crumbly. Spread 1/2 the mixture in bottom of greased 9" square pan and pat down; cover with cooled date filling.
    Pat 1/2 of remaining mixture on top; then sprinkle over lightly with remainder.
    Bake for 35 minutes.
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