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Matrimonial Bars

Rated as 4.54 out of 5 Stars

"Here's my Mom's recipe for these yummy bars."
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servings 209
Original recipe yields 24 servings (1 -13x9 inch baking pan)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 13x9 inch baking pan.
  2. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, butter, salt and baking soda. Mix well. The mixture will be crumbly.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, cook the chopped dates with the water and the white sugar until the pulp is soft and well mixed.
  4. Layer 1/2 of the oat mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the date mixture and then finish off with the remaining oat mixture. Press down slightly on layers to compact.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until top crust begins to brown.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 209 calories; 8.2 33.3 2.1 20 207 Full nutrition

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I have made this recipe several times to serve at functions. Everyone loves it. It is just like the bars sold in the bakeries in Canada where I grew up. I was able to find soft wonderful date...

This was a good recipe. My only change: I used a 8x8" pan instead of the 9x12" because I didn't seem to have enough oat mixture for both bottom and top layers. The end result was a thicker bar. ...

Overall, this was a good recipe. I'm not sure if this was meant to be a snack or a dessert, but I thought it was way too sweet. Next time I will reduce the brown sugar in the oatmeal/flour mi...

This is EXACTLY my mother's recipe - long lost but tastes and looks just like it. Thanks for sharing and bringing back a childhood favorite to my family!

To make this recipe more healthful for my diabetic hubby, I substituted whole wheat flour for half of the white flour (to increase dietary fiber). I also used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend in place ...

PERFECT and excellent! Wonderful! Delish! GREAT!!! I loved these, and will make again! I bought chopped dates (in the raisin aisle). I did not put sugar on the dates. I did not heat the mixture....

Really really good and hearty . I only had about 1 and half cups of dates but that was plenty !

Fantastic! Brings back great memories of my Mom and her incredible edibles too! Mom would occasionally switch drained crushed pineapple for the dates. Definitely worth a try.

Have made these for years! They are wonderful. I always add a bit of grated orange zest or a few tablespoons of orange marmalade to the date mixture.