Date Bars

In case you don't have reservations for your favorite restaurant this Valentine's Day I invite you stay in with this sweet 'date' substitute.  This is one date you won't regret spending the evening with!  Just don't expect them to pick up a bottle of wine, or the check.

This recipe was found in "Our Favorite Recipes", a collection of wonderful old fashioned recipes from West Bend, Wisconsin.  I picked it up on a recent trip and I am in love with the simple, wonderful recipes. This particular recipe was submitted by Agnes Schultz.  Enjoy!!

Date Bars



  • 1-1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • 1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup pastured butter
  • 1 pastured egg well beaten

Preheat oven to 350°.  In a small saucepan cook dates, water, sugar, and lemon juice until thick, about 8 minutes, cool.

Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, and salt.  Mix well, cutting in butter to coarse crumb stage.  Spread ½ crumb mixture in 9x9 pan.  Cover with filling.  Spread with remaining crumbs.  Brush with beaten egg.  Cook 20-25 minutes in preheated oven.  Cool and cut in bars.

  • Posted on   02/11/09 at 09:19:33 PM   by Emily  | 
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Reader Comments (4)

Paige 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

O my; butter, dates & oats! Love the source; wonderfully nostalgic!

Joie 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

I love old fashioned recipes like this. I'm always perusing old bookstores for treasures like these. Happy V-day!


Emily 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

So glad you ladies like these! I can not wait to try them with rhubarb. The book is wonderful. I should scan in some of the illustrations that go along with the beautifully hand-written recipes. Too cute!

Happy belated Valentines Day to you both! M

Louis 12/20/17 02:12:37 PM

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