Matrimonial Date Squares


This favorite recipe for delicious date squares 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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins


Date Filling:

  • 1 pound pitted dates

  • cup light brown sugar

  • cup orange juice

  • 1 orange, zested

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Oatmeal Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups regular rolled oats

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup cold unsalted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


Water can be substituted for orange juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

307 Calories
9g Fat
56g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 307
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 104mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 277mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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