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Date Squares

  • yield: Makes 16 squares

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Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Date Paste

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-by-8-by-2-inch baking pan, and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda. Add butter, and blend with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer two-thirds of the crumb mixture into prepared pan, and press into bottom and up sides. Spread date paste over bottom layer of the dough. Cover with remaining crumb mixture.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Invert onto a plate, then back onto a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, February 2000

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Reviews (5)

  • 23 Nov, 2010

    I agree with nteasadale, i would omit the lemon peel next time, the lemon power was a little too overpowering, and the crust tastes a little bland.. next time i would make some changes, otherwise, good base recipe that has potential to improve.

  • 27 May, 2008

    I'm gluten intolerent, so I used Betty Hagman's gluten-free four-bean flour mix instead of the all-purpose flour. The squares turned out be very good, very much like the recipe my mother used to make when I was a child. The only thing I would change is perhaps to omit or put less of the lemon peel. I don't know if it's because my lemon was too big, but the date paste was a bit too lemony for my taste. Otherwise, very very good.

  • 10 May, 2008

    Talk about nostalgia! My mother made these date squares too, and she has also passed away (at 97). They have always been a hit with us--my sister and I have passed on the recipe to our children. My nieces call them, to this day (they are moms now) "mushy cookies! For christmas a few years ago I gave each of my four sons the recipe, a pan to cook them in--and went to their homes to make the first batch--with the enthusiastic help of their wives! My grandchildren all love them too!!

  • 21 Nov, 2007

    These are absolutely the best Date Squares in the world! I love the fact that there's no added sugar in the date paste, and there's extra in the topping and bottom. I make them with fresh Iranian dates which are sweet enough on their own that they don't need the extra sugar you'll find in most recipes.

  • 18 Nov, 2007

    My grandmother use to make date sandwich cookies but we lost the recipe. It sounds very similar to this - can't wait to try this.