Date Squares

Total Time:
1 hr 7 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
2 min
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
16 cookies
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled quick oats
  • 1 cup light-brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Date Paste, recipe follows
  • Date Paste:
  • 2 cups dates, pitted and diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • Pinch salt
Directions
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 8 by 2-inch pan, and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda. Add butter, and blend with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  • Transfer 2/3 of the dough into prepared pan, and press into bottom and up sides. Spread date paste over bottom layer of the dough. Cover with remaining dough.

  • Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Invert on to a plate, then back onto a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

Date Paste:
  • Place dates in small saucepan with 1 cup of water, lemon zest, juice and salt. Cook over medium heat until soft, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat, cool completely before using.

  • Yield: 2 cups


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