Rating: 3.57 stars
54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 0

These chewy, sweet bars are a great alternative to fruitcake -- but they don't contain any alcohol, making them a kid-friendly holiday treat.

Everyday Food, December 2003

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prep:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Yield:
Makes 18
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of the pan; place it in the pan, then butter the paper.

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  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Stir in dates and nuts.

  • Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely on a wire rack. Run a knife around edges to loosen, then cut it into bars using a serrated knife. To cut the baked dough into 18 bars, make 3 cuts horizontally and 6 cuts vertically.

Variations

You can substitute an equal amount of walnuts for the pecans. If you'd prefer another dried fruit, try using raisins. If you use a dark-colored baking pan to bake these bars, you need to reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

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Reviews (3)

54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2014
Very good! Looks, smells and tastes great. They're like a sophisticated blondie (w/o chocolate chips) as opposed to a fruit bar with date filling. There is also a natural and mild butterscotch flavor to them. I'd make them again and I'd follow the recipe exactly. I often alter recipes slightly, but I followed this one to a tee. I almost didn't toast the pecans, but thought better of it and I'm glad I did. All of the ingredients come together nicely.
Rating: Unrated
12/16/2012
Had to repost. Tried this again. They came out wonderfully. Don't know what happened the first time I tried this recipe.
Rating: Unrated
12/15/2012
I've made many, many of Martha's cookie recipes and loved every one, but there's something wrong with this one. It came out a gooey mess. I think the proportion of flour to sugar is off.
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