Maple Date Bars

Topped with a crumbly cookie topping, these bars are filled with gooey, fruity goodness and make a unique dessert for school parties. Just be sure to save a few for yourself!
Maple Date Bars
Maple Date Bars

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

40

minutes

SERVINGS

24

servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

40

minutes

SERVINGS

24

servings

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4

    cups dates, pitted and finely chopped (about 12-ounces)

  • 3/4

    cup water

  • 1/3

    cup maple syrup

  • 1

    teaspoon grated lemon rind

  • 2/3

    cup sugar

  • 1/2

    cup butter, softened

  • 1

    cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2-ounces)

  • 1

    cup regular oats

  • 1/4

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • Cooking spray

Directions

Combine dates, water, and maple syrup in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; cook 12 minutes or until most liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. (Mixture will look like jam.) Stir in rind; cool completely. Preheat oven to 400°F. Beat sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture (mixture will be crumbly). Press 2 cups flour mixture into bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread date mixture over flour mixture. Sprinkle with remaining flour mixture. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Note: Wrap these moist bars individually, or place them in a cookie tin between layers of wax or parchment paper.

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