Delicious! This favorite recipe has been passed down in the family for many years. It has lots of date filling and can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Date Filling:
Oatmeal Crust:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Heat dates, 2/3 cup brown sugar, orange juice, and orange zest in a saucepan over low heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until dates have softened, absorbed the liquid, and mixture is like a paste, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract.

  • Stir oats, flour, 1 cup brown sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl; cut in butter with a knife or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  • Lightly press 2/3 of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9x9-inch pan. Spread date mixture evenly over the crumb crust; sprinkle remaining crumbs evenly over the top of date mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden, about 30 minutes; cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before slicing into bars.

Cook's Notes:

Water can be substituted for orange juice.

Nutrition Facts

307 calories; 9.3 g total fat; 23 mg cholesterol; 104 mg sodium. 56.1 g carbohydrates; 2.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2018
Matrimonial Squares aka Date Squares are a Christmas tradition in my home. The orange and vanilla in this recipe really add a delicious flavour and put them over the top. I do like to bring my dates to a boil while constantly stirring then turn them down to low to get a nice thick paste. I also use a potato masher to press the oatmeal crumb into the pan then I also do the top to compact the date square mixture which makes it more solid and easier to cut once cooled. Mine baked in 40 minutes in a parchment lined 9x9 pan. Thanks for the great recipe a wonderful addition to my Christmas baking this year. My recommendation for date part 1 lb dates 1 cup orange juice 1/8 cup brown sugar 1 heaping tsp orange zest and 1/4 tsp salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2018
Matrimonial Squares aka Date Squares are a Christmas tradition in my home. The orange and vanilla in this recipe really add a delicious flavour and put them over the top. I do like to bring my dates to a boil while constantly stirring then turn them down to low to get a nice thick paste. I also use a potato masher to press the oatmeal crumb into the pan then I also do the top to compact the date square mixture which makes it more solid and easier to cut once cooled. Mine baked in 40 minutes in a parchment lined 9x9 pan. Thanks for the great recipe a wonderful addition to my Christmas baking this year. My recommendation for date part 1 lb dates 1 cup orange juice 1/8 cup brown sugar 1 heaping tsp orange zest and 1/4 tsp salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2018
Matrimonial Squares aka Date Squares are a Christmas tradition in my home. The orange and vanilla in this recipe really add a delicious flavour and put them over the top. I do like to bring my dates to a boil while constantly stirring then turn them down to low to get a nice thick paste. I also use a potato masher to press the oatmeal crumb into the pan then I also do the top to compact the date square mixture which makes it more solid and easier to cut once cooled. Mine baked in 40 minutes in a parchment lined 9x9 pan. Thanks for the great recipe a wonderful addition to my Christmas baking this year. My recommendation for date part 1 lb dates 1 cup orange juice 1/8 cup brown sugar 1 heaping tsp orange zest and 1/4 tsp salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2017
Date squares are a tradition at our house as well but I usually follow my mom's recipe. I saw this recipe and just had to try it and I'm so glad that I did. This will be my go to recipe from now on. The orange really elevates these squares to a new level of deliciousness. The only change that I made was to sprinkle about 1 tbs of raw sugar over the top layer before baking. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2017
I m going to say that this recipe is near perfect for me except it is too sweet as I don t normally eat refined sugar. I will have to add half of the sugar to the crumb which will in turn mean half of the salt and most likely add no sugar to the filling. I did not add any orange peel since I didn t have any but still absolutely delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2017
Yes I certainly will make it again delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2017
Very tasty! Tastes like those much mom used to make Even my wife liked them and she doesn t really care for dates! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2017
Made this with two changes---used margarine instead of butter and gluten-free dry ingredients. Otherwise no changes. The bottom and top layers turned out brilliantly and the filling is to die for. Rather than a regular orange I zested a Clementine orange and it was awesome. Would for sure make this again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/20/2017
Excellent taste a bit sweet for me so next time I will cut the sugar a bit. I didn't have OJ so used Mango juice really yummy and couldn't taste the mango flavor so the bars still have that traditional flavour. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2019
delicious. Anyone know why they are called matrimonial squares? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2017
I made some changes because of dairy issues. I used Becel Vegan Spread and Robin Hood gluten free flour and gluten free oats. I followed the recipe and the squares turned out excellent. Thank you for sharing. Read More