• 3/4 cup margarine
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats, uncooked
  • date filling (below)


Date filling for date squares:
1 1/2 pounds dates, chopped 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups water

Combine dates, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan; cook over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until smooth and thick. Cool slightly before spreading on oat crust. Makes 3 cups of date filling for date squares.

Cream margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy. combine flour, salt and soda; add to creamed mixture. Stir in oats, blending well.

Pat half of the mixture into a lightly buttered 13x9x2-inch baking pan; spread with date filling then top with remaining crust mixture.

Pat lightly to smooth top crust. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Cut into bars while still warm; remove from pan. Makes 32 date squares or bars.
Date Filling

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Submitted 7/6/05.
Submitted By: Eileen Cooper

Date Squares