Date Bars I

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  • Published Aug 29th
  • Servings24
  • Calories247
Two crunchy oatmeal layers with a gooey date filling in between.

Date Bars I Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Date Bars I for 24 servings:

  • 2 1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening

Date Bars I Cooking Instructions

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The following are the steps to cook Date Bars I easily:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch square baking pan.
  2. 2 To make filling: In a small saucepan, combine dates, brown sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. 3 To make the crust: Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture becomes crumbly. Press half of crust evenly into baking pan. Spread date mixture over the top. Crumble remaining crust mixture over the top of date mixture.
  4. 4 Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on wire racks before cutting into bars.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 247 calories; 9.4 grams of fat; 39.8 grams of carbohydrates; 2.8 grams of protein; 0 milligrams of cholesterol; 74 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Jun 30th 2009

    These are excellent! Just like my grandmother used to make. I didn't change a thing and will use this recipe as my only date bar recipe :)

  2. Feb 20th 2008

    This recipe seems to have a lot of issues going on as I noticed by the reviews. But I just halved the recipe to use up some dates and it went fairly well. Next time I would use more dates in ...

  3. Feb 5th 2007

    My husband is from Canada where date bars are a staple, and he loved this. I cut the flour from 2 cups to 1 1/2 cups, the brown sugar from 1 cup to 3/4 cup, used butter vs. shortening, and ...

  4. Oct 27th 2006

    I have been using this recipe for a couple of years now. It is so darn delicious. I have over time though, adjusted the amounts of some of the ingredients. I double the date filling and I u ...

  5. Mar 1st 2005

    I was trying desperately to get rid of some leftover dates from a fruit basket, and this recipe worked nicely! The crust mixture was rather crumbly, but the crumbles tasted so good that I us ...

  6. Apr 6th 2004

    Terrific!! My "I hate dates family" went nuts. Currently baking 2nd batch in 1 wk. Full recipe use a 9x13. Half recipe 8x8.

  7. Dec 25th 2002

    I made this at the request of my father for Christmas and they came out great!! I pretty much followed the directions except I used butter instead of shortening and I omitted a half cup of f ...

  8. Mar 18th 2002

    To those reviewers who had problems with the proportions I can tell you that I've been baking a similar recipe for years that calls for baking the bars in a 9x13" pan. My filling calls for 1 ...

  9. Jan 9th 2002

    These bars are awesome! The only problem is that they don't last long in the house. These bars are quite fattening so I tried using half the amount of shortening by substituting applesauce ...