Old-Fashioned Date Squares
Classic and old-fashioned date squares just like Grandma did. Nice and fine, with the perfect balance between date garnish and crumb!
For filling in the date:
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups chopped pitted dates (about 10 ounces)
For the oat crust:
- 3/4 cup melted butter
- 1-1 / 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1-3 / 4 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats (not instant)
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
First, place an oven rack in the center and preheat your oven to 350F degrees. Lightly grease a 9 × 13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Then, prepare the filling by combining the dates, sugar and water in a medium saucepan and cook over medium-low to medium heat until thick. Remove the pan from the heat.
To prepare breadcrumb crust, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda in medium bowl with fork or whisk. Add the butter and mix until the mixture is crumbly.
Press half of the oat crumb mixture into prepared pan. Spread the prepared date filling on top of the oat crumb mixture within 1/4 inch of the edge of the pan.
Top with remaining oat crumb mixture, patting lightly.
Cook the date squares for 25 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into 24 squares, bars or triangles. Happy Cooking Time.