Date Bars from Grandma's Kitchen

Course : Bars
Serves: 25-30 squares
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As far back as I can remember, my Grandmother made these on special occasions, or just because. And my mother always made them, too. They are just so good and really full of dates , just the way I like them.


1 3/4 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound chopped dates
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped walnut

Preparation / Directions:

1 To make the filling: Boil the dates, sugar, and water until thick, about 5-10 minutes. 2 Add 1 TBSP butter, the vanilla, and the walnuts. 3 Set aside to cool a bit. 4 To prepare the crust: Combine all dry ingredients with the melted butter. 5 Press half of the mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9 pan. 6 Cover with filling mixture and top with remaining half of crust mixture. 7 Press lightly. 8 Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. 9 Please bake NO LONGER THAN THAT! 10 Cut into squares when COMPLETELY cool(this is really important--they'll fall apart if you cut them while still warm). Yield: 25-30 squares Preparation time: 20 minutes Ready in: 45 minutes

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