Gramma's Date Squares


Delicious date squares with a chewy oatmeal crust. This is my grandmother's recipe, which my whole family loves.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
12 squares


  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats

  • 1 ½ cups sifted pastry flour

  • 1 ⅓ cups packed brown sugar, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • ¾ pound pitted dates, diced

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Combine oats, pastry flour, 1 cup brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in butter until crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan.

  3. Combine dates, water, and remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and cook until thickened. Stir in lemon juice, and remove from heat. Spread the filling over the base, and spread the remaining crumb mixture on top.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is lightly toasted, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool before cutting into 12 squares.


You can use almond extract instead of lemon, if you wish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

363 Calories
13g Fat
64g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 363
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 325mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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