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Date Squares

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


Date Squares
4 votes, 4.75 avg. rating (91% score)
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An easy version of an old favorite.

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For the Filling:


  • 8 ounces dates, finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose white flour


In a small saucepan, combine all the filling ingredients. Cook over low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until thickened. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the dates to soften fully.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then make the crust.


For the Crust:


  • 1-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, at room temperature


To make the crust, mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, and soda. With a fork, blend the butter into the oat mixture. Divide in half and press half into the bottom of an ungreased 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan. Spread the date filling on top. Sprinkle with the remaining oat mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Updated Thursday, May 23rd, 2002

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5 Responses to Date Squares

  1. Anonymous December 1, 2002 at 2:26 pm #

    I’ve been looking for a good Date Square recipe. Now I finally found it. Easy to make and taste too. Try it you’ll love it.

  2. Anonymous December 9, 2002 at 3:38 pm #

    This is a simple and great recipe.

  3. Anonymous June 4, 2003 at 1:53 pm #

    I have looked for a simple date square recipe. This is it!! Fantastic. Will make again — it’s my husband’s favorite treat

  4. Ruth McHugh November 27, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Would like to know if you have a cookie cook book?

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