(Date Nut Bars)
- 3 cups dates, chopped
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
Cream together butter, shortening, and brown sugar. Mix in remaining ingredients.
Press half the mixture into prepared pan. Spread with filling. Top with remaining crumble mixture, pressing lightly.
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until light brown. While warm, cut into bars about 2" x 1 1/2".
Makes 36 bars.
You can omit the date filling and substitute 1 cup of your favorite jam, raspberry or blackberry are great.
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