Date Square Recipe – never fails and super easy

A quick dessert recipe you whip up even if not a baker!

21 December 2017

Date Square Recipe – never fails and super easy

Date Squares were my first favorite dessert that I have memory of.  I know is is hard to believe it wasn’t chocolate??  I love chocolate and could eat it everyday (actually  I think I do eat it everyday!)  So I asked my friends who has a good Date Square Recipe?  Two friends came to the rescue and suggested recipes that were almost identical.

One friend said that she gets requests for hers on a regular basis so I pleaded for the recipe.  As mentioned I am not a baker so, I had a lot of reservations about making this date square recipe.  I always think that if it turns out for me then it will turn out for anyone.

My friend’s also gave me all kinds of helpful tips so I might be successful.

One friend said the secret is definitely in the boiling of the dates first. The other friend also said to make sure I chop the dates before putting them in the saucepan.

Firstly, chop dates in chunks so they will soften up nicely.

Date Square Recipe - dates chopped up

Date Square Recipe – dates chopped up

Then add them to the sauce pan with water and lemon juice and bring to a boil.  Do NOT OMIT the lemon juice.  I think that is a secret ingredient to making the dates soften up.  After they are soft , use a potato masher to really make it mushy. My friend suggested that it should be the consistency of jam.

Date Square Recipe - dates mashed with a potato masher

Date Square Recipe – dates mashed with a potato masher

Add all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix.

Date Square Recipe - dry ingredients all in one bowl

Date Square Recipe – dry ingredients all in one bowl

Melt the butter in the microwave and add to oatmeal ingredients.  Stir well.

Date Square Recipe -pour melted butter into dry ingredients

Date Square Recipe -pour melted butter into dry ingredients

Take half the oatmeal mixture and place on bottom of 8 x 8 butter pan. Press firmly.  Be really diligent when pressing down so the crust will stick together.

Date Square Recipe -take half of the oatmeal mixture and spread evenly in pan

Date Square Recipe -take half of the oatmeal mixture and spread evenly in pan

Place the mashed dates on top of crust layer and spread evenly.  Press down here as well.

Date Square Recipe -spread mashed dates on oatmeal of oatmeal

Date Square Recipe -spread mashed dates on oatmeal of oatmeal

Take the other half of the oatmeal ingredients and spread evenly on top and press down firmly.  My friend also said that she liked pressing down really firmly so they stick together well.  But some people make like it more crumbly on top so then you would not press down quite as much.  I like mine firm so the crumbs don’t fall off while eating.  Certainly it is a personal preference.

Date Square Recipe -put remaining oatmeal mixture on top of date layer

Date Square Recipe -put remaining oatmeal mixture on top of date layer

Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes or until nicely browned.

Date Square Recipe -remove pan from oven when browned

Date Square Recipe -remove pan from oven when browned

Cool Squares in fridge before cutting into squares.  I cut them into squares and then placed them back into the pan for storage.  Of course I ate a couple or more so they could fit back into the pan.

Date Square Recipe -cut squares after they have been chilled

Date Square Recipe -cut squares after they have been chilled

I wished I had this recipe years ago because it was so quick and easy to make. This recipe will be placed in my MUST DO Christmas Baking List.  Thanks goes out to my good friends Sylvia and Kim for putting up with all my questions.

For another great Christmas Baking Recipe see our Peanut Butter Recipe.

 

Yields 8 x 8 pan

Date Square Recipe – never fails and super easy

15 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups rolled oats ( quick type)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter

Instructions

  • In a saucepan place chopped dates , water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil until dates are soft.
  • Mash with a potato masher until is well mushed.
  • In a large bowl add all dry ingredients and mix, flour, baking soda, rolled oats and brown sugar.
  • Add melted butter to dry ingredient mixture and mix well.
  • Add 1/2 of mixture to a 8 x 8 pan and press down firmly. Covering bottom with an even layer.
  • Add lukewarm mashed dates on top and spread evenly.
  • Add remaining oat mixture on top evenly and press down.
  • Bake 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
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