A makeover of the old date bars, these bars have a delightful sweet-tart filling, are thin and crispy. Really nice with a cup of tea or coffee. Store in a tightly sealed container.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
25 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
49
Yield:
49 bars
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Ingredients

49
Original recipe yields 49 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).

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  • Mix oats, flour, 1 cup brown sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in butter until mixture is crumbly.

  • Press a little over half of the crumbly mixture into the bottom of a 10x15-inch baking pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until starting to brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Combine remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, dates, apricots, and orange juice in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until thickened, breaking up any clumps, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Cool filling slightly, about 5 minutes.

  • Drop spoonfuls of warm filling over the crust. Spread evenly with an offset spatula. Sprinkle remaining crumbly mixture evenly over the filling; press gently into the filling.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Cut into 1-1/4x2-inch bars with a pastry cutter while still hot. Cool bars in the pan, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If the filling becomes too thick in step 5, thin with enough additional orange juice to make it easily spreadable.

Nutrition Facts

97 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 16.9g 6% DV; fat 3.1g 5% DV; cholesterol 7.5mg 3% DV; sodium 88.4mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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