Maple Date Bars

Maple Date Bar

Maple Date Bar

This maple date bar recipe is an old fashioned treat.   These delicious bars were made by most of our families and are sure to bring back lots of great memories. “Medjool” dates are known as the diamond of dates…they are the best for this recipe.

  • 1 3/4  (firmly packed) C finely chopped pitted dates
  • 1 C water
  • 1/3 c maple syrup
  • 1 t grated lemon rind
  • 2/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c regular oats
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt

Combine dates, water, and maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, cook 12 minutes, until most liquid is absorbed, stirring almost constantly.  If  liquid is absorbed before 12 minutes, add a little more water and continue cooking for the full 12 minutes. (Mixture will look like jam).  Stir in lemon rind: cool completely.

Beat sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.  Combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture (mixture will be crumbly). Press 2 cups flour mixture into bottom of a 13″ X 9″ glass baking pan coated with cooking spray. Drop spoonfuls of cooled date mixture over flour mixture and carefully spread evenly. Sprinkle with remaining flour mixture.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack.  Serve directly from baking pan and cover to store.

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