Date Sandwich Bars

Course : Bars
Serves: 18
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1 cup dates -- snipped
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon orange peel
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup oatmeal -- uncooked
1 tablespoon Sugartwin or brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons margarine

Preparation / Directions:

Have dates at room temperature. Slice thin and break up in pan. 1. Combine dates, water, peel and juices in saucepan. Blend well. Cook over low heat stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 10 min. Cool. 2. Measure flour into large bowl. Add remaining ingredients except margarine. Stir well to blend. Cut in margarine until particles are the size of peas. Press with the back of a fork. 3. Spread half crumb mixture in greased 8 x 8" pan. Press down. 4. Spread cooled date filling evenly. 5. Cover with remaining crumbs, pat lightly. 6. Bake at 375F 25-30 minutes until golden. 7. Cool in pan on rack. Cut into 18 bars.

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