Two crunchy oatmeal layers with a gooey date filling in between.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 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 9 inch square baking pan.

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  • To make filling: In a small saucepan, combine dates, brown sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • To make the crust: Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture becomes crumbly. Press half of crust evenly into baking pan. Spread date mixture over the top. Crumble remaining crust mixture over the top of date mixture.

  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on wire racks before cutting into bars.

Nutrition Facts

247.3 calories; 2.8 g protein; 39.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 74 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2003
To those reviewers who had problems with the proportions I can tell you that I've been baking a similar recipe for years that calls for baking the bars in a 9x13" pan. My filling calls for 1 lb dates 2/3c. brown sugar 2/3c. orange juice 1tsp vanilla extract & 1Tbs lemon juice. I also puree the filling in the processor. The oatmeal mixture calls for 1 1/2c rolled oats 1 1/2c flour 1c brown sugar 1/2tsp baking soda & 2 sticks butter.Pat half of mixture in a greased 9x13"pan spread with filling and top with remaining oatmeal mixture. It's important to press this top mixture slightly into the filling before baking. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Don't give up because this is a wonderful recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/12/2010
This bar was soooo dry that when you cut it all that came out of the pan was the date filling. All of the oatmeal mixture just fell away. Read More
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53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2003
To those reviewers who had problems with the proportions I can tell you that I've been baking a similar recipe for years that calls for baking the bars in a 9x13" pan. My filling calls for 1 lb dates 2/3c. brown sugar 2/3c. orange juice 1tsp vanilla extract & 1Tbs lemon juice. I also puree the filling in the processor. The oatmeal mixture calls for 1 1/2c rolled oats 1 1/2c flour 1c brown sugar 1/2tsp baking soda & 2 sticks butter.Pat half of mixture in a greased 9x13"pan spread with filling and top with remaining oatmeal mixture. It's important to press this top mixture slightly into the filling before baking. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Don't give up because this is a wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2016
My husband is from Canada where date bars are a staple and he loved this. I cut the flour from 2 cups to 1 1/2 cups the brown sugar from 1 cup to 3/4 cup used butter vs. shortening and used a 9x13 pan. Excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2003
These bars are awesome! The only problem is that they don't last long in the house. These bars are quite fattening so I tried using half the amount of shortening by substituting applesauce in its place and they were still just as awesome! I might try eliminating the shortening altogether. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2008
This recipe seems to have a lot of issues going on as I noticed by the reviews. But I just halved the recipe to use up some dates and it went fairly well. Next time I would use more dates in order to make more filling and probably would of followed more of the review suggestions in order to made the topping/crust more cohesive. All-in-all it was yummy though crumbly as other people have noticed. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
I made this at the request of my father for Christmas and they came out great!! I pretty much followed the directions except I used butter instead of shortening and I omitted a half cup of flour because I was concerned about the past reviews of the bars being too crumbly..but they came out great!!I also used a 9x13 pan which was perfect..there would have been WAY too much for a 9x9 pan. My dad hasn't tasted them yet but I hope he enjoys them! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2009
These are excellent! Just like my grandmother used to make. I didn't change a thing and will use this recipe as my only date bar recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2006
I have been using this recipe for a couple of years now. It is so darn delicious. I have over time though adjusted the amounts of some of the ingredients. I double the date filling and I use about an extra 1/2 cup of shortening for the oats so that it's not as dry. It's so much like date crisp. Excellent with traditional vanilla ice cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2004
Terrific!! My "I hate dates family" went nuts. Currently baking 2nd batch in 1 wk. Full recipe use a 9x13. Half recipe 8x8. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2005
I was trying desperately to get rid of some leftover dates from a fruit basket and this recipe worked nicely! The crust mixture was rather crumbly but the crumbles tasted so good that I used them as a pudding topping. I don't think it would hold up well for cookie baskets and such though. The only alteration I made was to use butter-flavored shortening. I will definitely make this tasty recipe again! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/12/2010
This bar was soooo dry that when you cut it all that came out of the pan was the date filling. All of the oatmeal mixture just fell away. Read More
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