Rating: 4.18 stars
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1

The name says it all. A delicious bar cookie with rich date filling.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan bring the dates, sugar, water, lemon zest and orange zest to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the rolled oats, flour, baking soda, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir in the walnuts and melted butter. Mixture will be somewhat crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the date filling evenly over the crust. Crumble the rest of the crust mixture over the filling, and pat down slightly.

  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Cut into bars while warm. Dust with confectioners' sugar when cooled.

Nutrition Facts

279 calories; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 44.4g; fat 11.3g; cholesterol 20.3mg; sodium 84.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (17)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2010
I have used this recipe many times and it is my husband's favorite. Two tips: use less dates two cups at most or they are too rich. Also toast your walnuts before chopping them for the crust. The combo of toasted walnuts butter dates - SO good and very similar to those my mom used to make. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
(19)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/04/2004
The cookies were okay.. but just okay! Read More
(4)
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2010
I have used this recipe many times and it is my husband's favorite. Two tips: use less dates two cups at most or they are too rich. Also toast your walnuts before chopping them for the crust. The combo of toasted walnuts butter dates - SO good and very similar to those my mom used to make. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2003
Great recipe! Look no further for a recipe producing that old-fashioned oatmeal wdates and nuts flavors without the hassle of making individual cookies! The filling is very rich (and there was plenty of it) so I cut the bars thin and had far more than 24. Deducted one star only because I had a hard time putting the top half of the pastry in place. Guess I need practice. Thanks Holly! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2006
These cookies are SO good! I wish I could give them 10 stars. And not too hard to make! A spatula works best for spreading the layers. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2005
This is the best recipe for Date Bars I've ever tried - and I've tasted many. Worth the effort. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
FINALLY A DATE NUT BAR LIKE THE ONES MY MOTHER USED TO MAKE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE. I HAVE SEARCHED FOR YEARS TRYING TO FIND THIS TYPE DATE NUT BAR - JUST LIKE THE BAKERY MAKES THEM!!! GREAT!!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/04/2004
The cookies were okay.. but just okay! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2012
I used the recipe for the filling only and made hamantaschen. Excellent! Delicious and the cookies baked up quite nicely. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/24/2011
my oven might be off but they needed another 12-15 minutes of cooking time.... I noticed there is no egg and that may be why...all in all happy to have another recipe easily converted to a gluten-free dessert...I subbed the flour combined rice almond and gluten free flour....I always add a TBL of molasses to remove the aftertaste of the sourghum---it works every time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2012
The easiest way to put on the top layer is to crumble it over the top in two passes. Then gently pat together. This is exactly the recipe that I was looking for. Delicious. My husband is making friends in our high rise giving samples out to the neighbors. Read More
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