Thursday, July 14, 2011

Date Square

I had some left over dates from baking Magic Hermits, so I decided to use them up in this old fashioned Date Square. If you like oatmeal cookies, you'll like this slice! Great with a cup of coffee.

2 cups oats (large flake)
1 cup margarine
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 1/2 cups chopped dates, pitted
1 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla

- In bowl, combine all the first ingredients with a fork. Place approximately 1/2 of this mixture into a 9 inch square baking pan. Press down firmly. Save the rest of this mixture for top.
- In saucepan, combine dates, water and sugar on medium heat. Warm and stir until filling is mushy and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and vanilla.
- Scoop and spread filling over base in pan. Top with left over oat mixture and press down.
- Bake @ 350 for 25 minutes. Cool, then cut.

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