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




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.