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Date and Nut Bars

Rated as 4.76 out of 5 Stars

"Just and old family favorite that is simple to make, but delicious to eat."
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servings 301
Original recipe yields 12 servings (2 dozen)


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  1. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over dates, and set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 10x10 inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and white sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the dates, including any water; mix well. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda; stir into the date mixture. Then stir in the nuts.
  3. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared 10x10 inch pan, and bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. When cool, cut into bars, and roll each bar in confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 301 calories; 12.8 46.3 3.5 31 184 Full nutrition

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Finally a date bar that is moist and holds together. I shared these bars with my neighbor and she loved them as much as my husband did! I did increase the cinnamon to 1/4 teaspoon. I didn't...

Delicious! I made a few changes just for personal preference, I reduced the dates to 1 1/4 cups, added 1/4 cup of golden raisins, and increased the walnuts to one full cup. I also used 2/3 cup...

this is a delicious recipe. the only thing i added is a teaspoon of vanilla. once cooled in the fridge overnight, it was firmer and chewier to the bite. i love it!

Really tasty, definitely improve with age. Bake them and hide them for a couple of days. I used Brazil nutes instead of walnuts but only because that was all I had. Still turned out yummy!

I made this recipe exactly as written. I thought it had the perfect amount of spices making it full flavored and very satisfying for my sweet tooth! Delicious.

Very moist and easy to cut. I didn't have quite enough dates so I added raisins. Cooked right on time.

I made this exactly as the recipe said and it turned out great. Everyone who tried it loved it. Will make again.

Made this with flax eggs, butter, 1 tsp vanilla, and whole wheat flour then mixed in about a cup of coconut. These are irresistible! Perfect texture, moisture and flavor.

Delicious! I was a little short on dates and added raisins. Would like to see how they improve with age but they did not make it through the evening. WIll definitely made again.