Old Fashioned Date Nut Bars Recipe
Creative Culinary
Creative Culinary
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  • 1 lb chopped dates (See notes) ¾ cup sugar 1 cup water 1 Tbsp butter 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 1 cup coconut For the Crust: 1¾ cups oatmeal 1 cup brown sugar 1½ cups flour ½ tsp salt ½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ¾ cup butter, melted Preparation To Make the Filling: Boil dates, sugar, and water until thick, about 5-10 minutes. Add the butter, vanilla, walnuts and coconut and mix thoroughly. Set aside to cool a bit. Prepare the crust: Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the melted butter and mix until thoroughly combined. Firmly press half of the mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9 pan. Cover with filling mixture. Top with remaining half of crust mixture. Press lightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes; watch carefully and do not overbake. Cut into squares when cool and store in an airtight container. Notes Dates are a pain to chop so I used to buy the pre-chopped ones from the grocery store but they were always dry. I noticed that they were coated in sugar too and it hit me one day that this is how they kept them from sticking together. Duh.So, I put my pitted dates into a food processor and combine the dates with the sugar and chopped until they were a uniform size. So easy and no sticking!No food processor? Simply put sugar and dates on cutting board and keep mixing them together; it will help to keep them from sticking to your knife and to each other! 3.2.2807



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