Just and old family favorite that is simple to make, but delicious to eat.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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

300.8 calories; 3.5 g protein; 46.3 g carbohydrates; 31 mg cholesterol; 184.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
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 use the confectioners' sugar once we tried them without we decided they were perfect the way they were. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
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 use the confectioners' sugar once we tried them without we decided they were perfect the way they were. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
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 use the confectioners' sugar once we tried them without we decided they were perfect the way they were. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2007
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 of brown sugar and 1/3 cup of white sugar and added 1 tsp of vanilla. Also increased the cinnamon to 1/4 tsp and left off the powdered sugar as others suggested. Although I'm sure this would be awesome as it's originally written. I will be adding this to my recipe books. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2004
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2010
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2013
Very moist and easy to cut. I didn't have quite enough dates so I added raisins. Cooked right on time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2013
I made this exactly as the recipe said and it turned out great. Everyone who tried it loved it. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2015
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2014
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. Read More
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