Matrimonial Date Squares

Matrimonial Date Squares

Delicious! This favorite recipe has been passed down in the family for many years. It has lots of date filling and can be stored in the refrigerator for a week.

Active Time
15 mins
Total Time
115 mins
Yield
16

How to Make It

1. Step
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Step
Heat dates, 2/3 cup brown sugar, orange juice, and orange zest in a saucepan over low heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until dates have softened, absorbed the liquid, and mixture is like a paste, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract.
3. Step
Stir oats, flour, 1 cup brown sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl; cut in butter with a knife or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
4. Step
Lightly press 2/3 of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9x9-inch pan. Spread date mixture evenly over the crumb crust; sprinkle remaining crumbs evenly over the top of date mixture.
5. Step
Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden, about 30 minutes; cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before slicing into bars.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pitted dates
  • ? cup light brown sugar
  • ? cup orange juice
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1?½ cups regular rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup cold unsalted butter

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