Chewy, sweet, wonderful treat from my mother-in-law.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
9
Yield:
9 servings
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.

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  • In a large bowl, combine flour, 1 cup coconut, dates, sugar and baking powder. In a saucepan, melt butter, golden syrup and vanilla. Pour over mixture in bowl. Mix until crumbly, then press into prepared pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle top with 1/8 cup coconut.

Note

Golden syrup can be found in some supermarkets, and many gourmet markets. It can be substituted with corn syrup or molasses.

Nutrition Facts

280 calories; protein 2.7g 6% DV; carbohydrates 41.9g 14% DV; fat 12.6g 19% DV; cholesterol 13.6mg 5% DV; sodium 88.1mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
Tasted very good but I found that the butter and molasses (subst. for golden syrup) just weren't enough moisture to bind the dry ingredients together at all. I added a beaten egg and it turned out very nicely. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/25/2018
This recipe is definitely missing an ingredient- I just made it as showing..and even though the taste is good it is impossible to cut into nice pieces as it is dry and crumbling...not as showing on the photos...at all! Quite disappointing to waste all the ingredients and time on this recipe! Read More
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
Tasted very good but I found that the butter and molasses (subst. for golden syrup) just weren't enough moisture to bind the dry ingredients together at all. I added a beaten egg and it turned out very nicely. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2004
I also added an egg due to a viewer's suggestion. They are quite nice could be fancied up with colored coconut. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2004
If you like dates you will love this recipe. Fast easy chewy and NOT too sweet. I used corn syrup for "golden syrup" and I also added an egg like the previous comments suggested. This one is going in my recipe book! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2017
Ok my 4th try @ a review..... Whenever I hit the paragraph button it SENDS instead of just going to the next paragraph. So here goes.... I read ALL the reviews &.....since my friend is 103 yrs old & her daughter is 83...I wanted to make sure the bars were soft enough for her to chew easily. So I added BOTH the egg beaten...AND 2 tsp of Coconut Oil! I also added just 1 Tbs. of finely chopped walnuts to the flour mixture. Then after they were done baking...I put the 8"X 8" pan (I don't have a 9"x9" pan) on a baking rack & sprinkled them w/powdered sugar instead of more coconut. Deeeelicious is all we can say!!!! Really give these New Zealand Bars a try! I had never even HEARD of these bars before.... let alone MAKE them! But wow! The dates were soft & chewy & the bars were so different & SO yummy!!! My friend absolutely LOVED them!! Will definitely be making THESE bars again but the next time I will DOUBLE the recipe & use a 9" X 13" pan. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/25/2018
This recipe is definitely missing an ingredient- I just made it as showing..and even though the taste is good it is impossible to cut into nice pieces as it is dry and crumbling...not as showing on the photos...at all! Quite disappointing to waste all the ingredients and time on this recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2013
I doubled it and did need to add two beaten eggs otherwise it was GREAT! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2019
These bars exceeded my expectations. I used fresh Medjool dates harvested in Yuma Arizona. Amazing fresh and yummy. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2016
The first time I made it I used coconut pancake syrup instead of golden syrup. I found it too coconut-y. This time I followed the reviewer's suggestions and added an extra egg. I also used molasses instead of golden syrup and added a banana. The banana significantly changed the flavor but I really liked it with the banana. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2016
Really tasty. Will try chop the dates smaller next time. I added a big tablespoon of melted coconut oil instead of a egg like the other reviews. Very tasty and chewy. Read More
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