Anyway! So, I had all of these dates. And they don't keep forever, so I decided to find some way to use them up before they went bad. So I searched around the internet and found this easy recipe for some date squares, which are quite similar to those peach shortbread squares I made recently too. The main drawback here was that I had to cut all of them up myself by hand. They're sticky, it took a while. I stopped caring about large chunks. C'est la vie! They mostly got broken up when cooking anyway.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch salt
- 2 packages (16 ounces) chopped dates
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or maple extract
First up, making the filling. This is the chopped up dates ready to go with the water, sugar, and vanilla.
After 5-10 minutes simmering, it looks like this. My dates were chopped roughly and rather largely, so it's perhaps chunkier than yours might be. I chopped those babies by hand!
While the filling cools, whip up the crust stuff. This is what it should look like when all mixed together.
Add about half of the crust stuff to the buttered 9x13 pan and pat down.
Next up is the date layer. Splooge that all around. Some of the oats ended up mixing in from the bottom layer on mine. No big.
And then add the rest of the crust stuff on top. Pat it on down evenly.
And here it is, out of the oven. As you can see, it has browned a bit.
Ta-da! A date square.
Quite yummy, if you like this sort of baked thingy. I happen to enjoy them, so I have to ration myself, or I might still get sick from too many dates!