A chocolate date bar. My childhood memories of holidays included these bars from my mother's friend Bernie. Wonderfully rich.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
30 small bars
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x10-inch baking pan.

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  • Cook and stir dates, chocolate, water, white sugar, and 1/4 cup butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat until melted and thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract. Set aside to cool.

  • Beat brown sugar and 3/4 cup butter together in a bowl until creamy. Add oats, flour, walnuts, baking soda, and salt; stir until texture is crumbly.

  • Press half the oat mixture into bottom of the prepared pan. Evenly spread chocolate-date mixture over oat mixture layer; crumble remaining oat mixture over chocolate-date layer.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until topping is lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Cut into 30 small squares.

Nutrition Facts

222 calories; protein 2.3g 5% DV; carbohydrates 32.6g 11% DV; fat 10.3g 16% DV; cholesterol 16.3mg 5% DV; sodium 107.2mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2013
Delicious! I had been wanting to make these since the picture was posted. The only change I made was to use brewed coffee in the date/chocolate mixture instead of water. Loved these! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/14/2018
They tasted great mine turned out pretty crumbly so not my favorite to serve. Read More
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2013
Delicious! I had been wanting to make these since the picture was posted. The only change I made was to use brewed coffee in the date/chocolate mixture instead of water. Loved these! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2015
I tried this recipe but with the coffee variation mentioned above. Very rich. Next time I will cut the sugar Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2018
These are delicious. I think next time i would cut down on the sugar to 1 cup. Definitely a go to recipe for a special dessert. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2013
Finding a large bag of dates in my cupboard I set out to find something to make with them. Finding this recipe and discovering that the dates were mixed with chocolate I thought my family would like them as they are not huge date fans. I made as directed but changed the pan size to 11 x 7 because I did not have an 8 x 10 pan. I also made half the pan with walnuts and the other half without for my son. The results were a nice chewy bar with a crunchy topping. I thoroughly enjoyed the end results but I love dates. The guys liked them but kept asking what the middle layer was. I told them chocolate but they knew there was something else in there. I just kept them guessing. I thought they were repeat worthy the guys said once is enough. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2017
Awesome!! 4 1/2 Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/14/2018
They tasted great mine turned out pretty crumbly so not my favorite to serve. Read More
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