Grandmother's Matrimonial Squares


My grandmother has made this recipe for years, and now that she can no longer do this herself, I have taken over the family tradition of preparing this great dessert. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

date bars with crumbly topping on platter
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
24 bars


  • 1 ½ cups quick-cooking oats

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¼ cups brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ cup butter

  • ½ pound dates, pitted and chopped

  • ¾ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


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

  2. Stir oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder together in a bowl; cut in butter using a pastry blender until mixture is mealy and butter pieces are uniformly small.

  3. Press half of oat mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  4. Cook dates with water in a small saucepan over medium heat until they fall apart and are easily mashed with a wooden spoon, about 10 minutes; remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

  5. Spoon date mixture evenly over oat mixture in baking pan; sprinkle remaining oat mixture evenly over top and press into place.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until crust is golden at the edges, about 30 minutes; remove to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

151 Calories
6g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 151
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 100mg 2%

* 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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