Date Bars

Course : Bars
Serves: 1
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1/2 cup sliced almonds -- sliced
1/4 cup margarine -- softened
1 cup all-purpose flour -- divided
1/2 cup brown sugar -- packed
1 teaspoon orange flavored liqueur
1/2 cup orange juice
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates -- chopped
1/2 Cup powdered sugar

Preparation / Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In 1 cup measuring cup, toast almonds in microwave, stir occasionally until done. Set aside. In mixing bowl, beat margarine with electric mixer on medium- high speed for 30 seconds. In same bowl, add flour, brown sugar, splash of orange flavored liqueur, orange juice, egg, baking powder and baking soda. Beat until thoroughly mixed. Beat in cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in toasted almonds and dates. Pour batter into an ungreased 11 x 7 x 1 1/2" baking dish. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars. Approximately 27 minutes.

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