Luxuriously moist, old-fashioned date bars accented with orange peel and a buttery orange frosting.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 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 a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan.

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  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, 1/2 cup butter, water and dates. Cook, stirring frequently until dates have softened and the mixture is well blended. Remove from heat. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the date mixture, then mix in the 1/4 cup orange juice, milk, eggs and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. To make the frosting, combine the confectioners' sugar, 1/3 cup butter, cream cheese and orange zest. Beat until smooth. Gradually mix in the remaining orange juice a tablespoon at a time until the icing is spreadable. Spread over the bars when cool. Cut into squares.

Nutrition Facts

123 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 17.4g; fat 5.8g; cholesterol 18.5mg; sodium 76.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2006
Thanks Michele! These bars were just delicious. The frosting is a big part of their appeal for me. I added Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg and Cloves to the batter to make them Orange Spice Date Bars. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2006
Thanks Michele! These bars were just delicious. The frosting is a big part of their appeal for me. I added Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg and Cloves to the batter to make them Orange Spice Date Bars. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2006
Excellent flavor and fairly easy to prepare. I have never made or eaten date bars before so I can't say how the date flavor comes through but I thought they were very tasty as did my whole family. I ommited the orange zest in both the bars and frosting as I just don't care for zest. I increased the amount of OJ in the batter by a couple of tablespoons instead. The batter is very much the consistancy of a thick pancake batter. The recipe didn't state when to add the pecans so I mixed them in last. I put it in a glass pan instead of the jelly roll pan because I think it would have spilled over. The recipe for the frosting makes way too much. Half to 2/3 of the recipe would have been enough. I also added two tablespoons of milk to make it creamy before adding the OJ. These were very good and I will definately make them again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2010
very nice cake bars but added anise seeds to it which made it very tasty. so thats why i am giving it fours stars and also had to cut the sugar back to a little more than half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2005
Very easy. Very Good. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2010
This is to die for good. The cake part is yum by itself but the frosting takes it from good to amazing. I followed the recipe exactly. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2011
Great recipe! I made it without any sugar by substituting apple juice for the water. I am also gluten free so I used almond meal in place of the flour. It was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2020
7.28.20 Unfortunately, by the time I realized that the recipe doesn’t tell you where and when to add the pecans, the bars already were in the oven, so I just added some (not all) into the icing. I knew 3 cups of confectioners sugar would be too much for our taste, so I scaled that back to 1 cup which covered the bars just fine. I did make one substitution. I found that I had two bags of dried plums on hand (why, I don’t have a clue?), so I sub’d them for the dates. The cake bars were super moist and flavorful, and I can see that the chopped pecans would have made them even better. I also can see adding some additional spices to the bars to elevate the flavor even more. Looks like this recipe has been around since 2005, so I’m glad to finally give it a photo. They’re pretty darn good. Read More
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