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Matrimonial Bars Recipe

Matrimonial Bars

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"Here's my Mom's recipe for these yummy bars."

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Original recipe makes 1 -13x9 inch baking pan Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 13x9 inch baking pan.
  2. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, butter, salt and baking soda. Mix well. The mixture will be crumbly.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, cook the chopped dates with the water and the white sugar until the pulp is soft and well mixed.
  4. Layer 1/2 of the oat mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with the date mixture and then finish off with the remaining oat mixture. Press down slightly on layers to compact.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until top crust begins to brown.
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Oct 04, 2007

I have made this recipe several times to serve at functions. Everyone loves it. It is just like the bars sold in the bakeries in Canada where I grew up. I was able to find soft wonderful dates which I could mash with a spoon, so I did that rather than add sugar & water and cook. They are great.

Jan 17, 2008

This was a good recipe. My only change: I used a 8x8" pan instead of the 9x12" because I didn't seem to have enough oat mixture for both bottom and top layers. The end result was a thicker bar. Thanks for the recipe!


18 Ratings

Jan 27, 2010

Overall, this was a good recipe. I'm not sure if this was meant to be a snack or a dessert, but I thought it was way too sweet. Next time I will reduce the brown sugar in the oatmeal/flour mixture. I used half whole wheat flour, half all purpose flour as other reviewers suggested, and thought the texture was perfect. They were very soft when I first pulled them out of the oven, but firmed up nicely after cooling for a while. These will work well for throwing in your lunch for a mid-afternoon snack.

Jan 18, 2008

This is EXACTLY my mother's recipe - long lost but tastes and looks just like it. Thanks for sharing and bringing back a childhood favorite to my family!

Jun 05, 2009

To make this recipe more healthful for my diabetic hubby, I substituted whole wheat flour for half of the white flour (to increase dietary fiber). I also used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend in place of regular brown sugar, and Splenda instead of white sugar. To make slightly thinner bars (same taste - smaller portion), I made the recipe in the Pampered Chef large bar pan (about 10"x16") instead of in a regular 9"x13" inch pan. (Date layer is spread VERY thin to cover this added real estate.) Reduce cooking time to about 30 minutes. The end result: Very tasty! Even picky 6-yr. old really likes them!

Apr 13, 2008

Really really good and hearty . I only had about 1 and half cups of dates but that was plenty !

Mar 18, 2008

PERFECT and excellent! Wonderful! Delish! GREAT!!! I loved these, and will make again! I bought chopped dates (in the raisin aisle). I did not put sugar on the dates. I did not heat the mixture. I simply put the dates in the food processor with a little water to moisten, and proceeded with the recipe. It only took 30 min to bake.

Nov 25, 2009

Fantastic! Brings back great memories of my Mom and her incredible edibles too! Mom would occasionally switch drained crushed pineapple for the dates. Definitely worth a try.


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  • Calories
  • 209 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.3 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 207 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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