Date Filled Cookie Bars

Date Filled Cookie Bars

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Recipe by  MARBALET

“The name says it all. A delicious bar cookie with rich date filling.”

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Original recipe yields 1 -9x13 inch pan


  1. In a medium saucepan bring the dates, sugar, water, lemon zest and orange zest to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the rolled oats, flour, baking soda, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir in the walnuts and melted butter. Mixture will be somewhat crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the date filling evenly over the crust. Crumble the rest of the crust mixture over the filling, and pat down slightly.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Cut into bars while warm. Dust with confectioners' sugar when cooled.

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I have used this recipe many times, and it is my husband's favorite. Two tips: use less dates, two cups at most, or they are too rich. Also, toast your walnuts before chopping them for the crust. The combo of toasted walnuts, butter, dates - SO good, and very similar to those my mom used to make. Thanks for the recipe.



Great recipe! Look no further for a recipe producing that old-fashioned oatmeal wdates and nuts flavors without the hassle of making individual cookies! The filling is very rich (and there was plenty of it), so I cut the bars thin and had far more than 24. Deducted one star only because I had a hard time putting the top half of the pastry in place. Guess I need practice. Thanks Holly!



These cookies are SO good! I wish I could give them 10 stars. And not too hard to make! A spatula works best for spreading the layers. Thank you!

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Amount Per Serving (24 total)

  • Calories
  • 279 cal
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 11.3 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs
  • 44.4 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 84 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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