Pecan Date Bars

Course : Bars
Serves: 1
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1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 package vanilla pudding and pie filling mix -- (3 1/4 oz.)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup pecans -- chopped
1 cup dates -- chopped

Preparation / Directions:

Makes 25 bars 1. Cream butter in a small mixing bowl; gradually add confectioners' sugar and beat until light and fluffy. 2. Gradually blend in flour. 3. Press evenly in a 10-inch square baking pan; bake in a preheated 350 F. oven 15 to 18 minutes, or until lightly browned. 4. Meanwhile, beat eggs in a small mixing bowl until thick and lemon-colored; gradually beat in sugar. 5. Stir in pudding mix and baking powder; add pecans and dates. 6. Spread on hot crust; return to oven and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden. 7. Cool on wire rack; cut into bars. NOTE: For a slightly different twist, pecan date bars can be transformed into coconut date bars by substituting 1 cup of flaked coconut for the pecan

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