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Date Filled Cookie Bars Recipe

Date Filled Cookie Bars

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"The name says it all. A delicious bar cookie with rich date filling."

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Original recipe makes 1 -9x13 inch pan Change Servings
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Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan bring the dates, sugar, water, lemon zest and orange zest to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the rolled oats, flour, baking soda, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir in the walnuts and melted butter. Mixture will be somewhat crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the date filling evenly over the crust. Crumble the rest of the crust mixture over the filling, and pat down slightly.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Cut into bars while warm. Dust with confectioners' sugar when cooled.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 10, 2010

I have used this recipe many times, and it is my husband's favorite. Two tips: use less dates, two cups at most, or they are too rich. Also, toast your walnuts before chopping them for the crust. The combo of toasted walnuts, butter, dates - SO good, and very similar to those my mom used to make. Thanks for the recipe.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 04, 2004

The cookies were okay.. but just okay!

 

15 Ratings

Nov 19, 2003

Great recipe! Look no further for a recipe producing that old-fashioned oatmeal wdates and nuts flavors without the hassle of making individual cookies! The filling is very rich (and there was plenty of it), so I cut the bars thin and had far more than 24. Deducted one star only because I had a hard time putting the top half of the pastry in place. Guess I need practice. Thanks Holly!

 
Nov 16, 2006

These cookies are SO good! I wish I could give them 10 stars. And not too hard to make! A spatula works best for spreading the layers. Thank you!

 
Dec 27, 2005

This is the best recipe for Date Bars I've ever tried - and I've tasted many. Worth the effort.

 
Dec 21, 2009

FINALLY A DATE NUT BAR LIKE THE ONES MY MOTHER USED TO MAKE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE. I HAVE SEARCHED FOR YEARS TRYING TO FIND THIS TYPE DATE NUT BAR - JUST LIKE THE BAKERY MAKES THEM!!! GREAT!!!

 
Dec 23, 2012

I used the recipe for the filling only and made hamantaschen. Excellent! Delicious and the cookies baked up quite nicely.

 
Dec 24, 2011

my oven might be off, but they needed another 12-15 minutes of cooking time.... I noticed there is no egg, and that may be why...all in all happy to have another recipe easily converted to a gluten-free dessert...I subbed the flour, combined rice, almond and gluten free flour....I always add a TBL of molasses to remove the aftertaste of the sourghum---it works every time!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 279 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.4 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 11.3 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 2.7 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 84 mg
  • 3%

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

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