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Oatmeal Date Squares

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Date barHot oatmeal date squares! Yummy!

This recipe will make 25 squares. Each square will be topped with sticky chewy dates and bottomed with flaky warm oatmeal.


1cup chopped dates

½ cup water

½ cup brown sugar

6 tablespoons butter

1 cup oatmeal

½ cup sugar

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 egg whites

1 cup brown sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. Butter a square 8-inch baking pan. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with oatmeal.

3.In a saucepan, boil dates with water and ½ cup brown sugar until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and cool.

4. In a bowl, combine butter, sugar, and egg yolks. Add vanilla extract, then flour and baking powder.

5. Pour batter into pan and top with dates.

6.In a separate bowl, beat egg whites into stiff peaks, add brown sugar and stir.

7. Pour egg whites over dates and bake 45 minutes. Cut into squares.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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