Oatmeal Date Square Recipe - Matrimonial Date Bar Recipe:

Recipe Type: Cookies, Christmas Cookie, Dates Yields: 2 dozen bars Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 25 min
Oatmeal Date Square Recipe - Matrimonial Date Bar Recipe:
Oatmeal Date Square Recipe - Matrimonial Date Bar Recipe:

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servings

Ingredients

  • Oatmeal Crust

  • 3

    cups old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 2

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4

    cups granulated sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 1

    cup vegetable shortening*

  • Date Filling

  • 1

    pound dried pitted dates

  • 1/2

    cup granulated sugar

  • 1

    cup water

  • 1/2

    teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 deg. F. Lightly butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Prepare Oatmeal Crust. Spread 1/2 the Oatmeal Crust mixture on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. In a medium-size saucepan over low heat, combine dates, sugar, and water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the dates are soft and have absorbed most of the water (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract; set aside. Carefully spread the cooled date filling evenly over the oatmeal crust. Sprinkle the remaining oatmeal crust evenly over the top of the dates. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once the squares have cooled, cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator at least one hour or until firm enough to cut easily into squares. Storage: These Oatmeal Date Squares will keep, covered, in the refrigerator up to a week. Oatmeal Crust: * I usually substituted cold, unsalted butter for the vegetable shortening. Cut butter into small pieces. My Aunt's original recipe called for shortening, which was popular to use in baking. In a large mixing bowl. combine oatmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Using two knives or a pastry blender, cut in the vegetable shortening or butter until crumbly.

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