old-fashioned date squares
Author: michelle
INGREDIENTS
  • Oat Crumb
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups rolled quick oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • Date Filling
  • 1 pound dates, pitted and chopped coarsely
  • Hot water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
THE STEPS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles a coarse meal.
  4. Stir in oats - the mixture should resemble course crumbs.
  5. For the date filling; combine chopped dates and enough hot water to cover the dates in a saucepan.
  6. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat and cook, stirring often until dates are soft and begin to thicken.
  7. Press half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of an 8 x 8-inch baking pan.
  8. Spoon the date filling over the bottom crust.
  9. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over the date filling.
  10. Gently pat down the topping with your fingers or the back of a wooden spoon.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and golden.
  12. Cool completely and cut into squares.
THE LOVE:
Make sure you check your dates for pits even if the package says that they are pitted. My pack was loaded!
Recipe by bite at http://bitebymichelle.com/2015/04/10/date-squares/