Date Bars

The best place to find easy recipes with simple basic ingredients is my grandmother’s recipe box. As the wife of a dairy farmer she cooked with what she had and that is what her recipes call for. I loved her cooking as a child and I am still looking toward her, through her recipes, for advice!
Recipe courtesy of Grandma C.

  • Dough
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Shortening
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Whole Egg Powder*
  • 6 Tablespoons Water*
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Soft White Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 cups Regular Rolled Oats
  • ⅓ cup Boiling Water
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Filling
  • 1 lb. Dates
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven to 350℉. Mix Egg Powder and Water in a small bowl until smooth, set aside.
Cream Brown Sugar, Shortening and Salt together. Add egg mixture and mix well. Add Vanilla, Flours, and Oats to the bowl. Stir Baking Soda into Boiling Water until it is dissolved. Pour into mixing bowl and stir the entire mixture until well mixed.
Cut a sheet of wax paper to fit exactly in your cookie sheet. Place wax paper on counter top and roll 1/2 of the dough out on wax paper. Make sure you get the dough to cover as much of the edges and corners as possible. This will be thin, but with patience it should roll out well.
Spray cookie sheet lightly with cooking spray. Spread remaining half of the dough onto cookie sheet making it cover the bottom of the cookie sheet completely.
In a blender or food processor grind Dates and Water together. Pour ground date mixture into a small sauce pan. Add Sugar and Vanilla. Cook and stir constantly until thick and bubbly with sugar completely dissolved.
Spread evenly over dough layer on the cookie sheet. Carefully flip dough that has been rolled out on wax paper on top of the date filling with wax paper side on top.
Peel off wax paper leaving just the dough on top of the filling.
Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Cut into 35 bars.
*Using fresh today? 2 large eggs work well in this recipe.  Omit the 6 Tablespoons of water completely if using fresh eggs.

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