Back at Thanksgiving I asked my inlaws if there was anything special they'd like me to make for the holidays. They both love the Fruitcake Loaves and FIL said that he missed the Date squares MIL used to make for him. A Google search turned up this recipe. I followed some modifications I saw in the comments- I used 2 bags of Sunsweet dried dates, 3/4c water and about a teaspoon of orange extract in the filling. FIL said they tasted just like he remembered :) I did forget to take a picture, will have to do that when I make them next year!
* Exported from MasterCook *
Canadian Date Squares
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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8 ounces dates -- cut up (double per reviews- used 2 bags Sunsweet)
1 tablespoon brown sugar (heaping)
1/2 cup water (3/4c + orange extract)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups oats (not instant)
Combine dates, 1 TBSP brown sugar, and water in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook, stirring often, until dates are soft enough to be mashed with a fork. (I ran mine through the food processor) Set aside.
In mixer bowl, blend flour, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs. Stir in brown sugar and oats. Do not over mix. Mixture should stay crumbly. Press half of crumb mixture over bottom of lightly buttered 8x8-inch pan to form bottom crust. Gently spread date filling over bottom crust. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over date filling. Lightly pat with palm of hand to even out. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool completely and cut into squares.