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Date Bars

Scrumptious cookie bars with a thick, sweet date filling, a hint of cinnamon and plenty of healthy oats
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: bars, Desserts
Servings: 24
Author: Tricia


  • 13x9-inch baking pan


For the filling:

  • 2 ½ cups pitted dates chopped
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water

For the crust:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into ½-inch pieces (4 oz or 113g)
  • 1 ½ cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon water


To prepare the filling:

  • Place the dates, granulated sugar and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

To prepare the crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13x9-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Pulse to combine. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
  • Pour the flour mixture into a large bowl and add the oats. Blend until combined. Press half the oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  • Spread the date mixture over the partially baked crust. Sprinkle the remaining oats over the dates and press lightly to compact. Bake until golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Cool completely and cut into bars or squares.


Recipe adapted from Taste of Home