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Date & Oatmeal Cookie/ Bar

This one is one of my favorites. An Oatmeal crust with Dates between! YUM!

This one is from a recipe my Mother used. Most likely off a container of Quaker Oatmeal!

 

Put the following ingredients into a medium kettle. Bring to the boil, stirring somewhat frequently.

1 1/2 cups Water

1 1/2 cups chopped Dates

After boil has been reached continue cooking stirring constantly another 5 minutes or so.

After removing from heat stir in 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Now set this aside.

 

The Date Filling.

 

The Crust.

Put these dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl;

1 1/2 cups all purpose Flour

1 cup Brown Sugar

1 cup Oats (uncooked, not minute type)

2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp salt

a good pinch & 1/2 of Cayenne

Mix this up until all a consistent color and texture.

 

The Dry Ingredients Waiting For Buttery Goodness...

 

Now melt 2 sticks of Butter. Mix into dry ingredients using a ‘cutting’ like motion with fingers!

Mix until a ‘pea’ size consistency.

 

Oatmeal Crust

 

Line a 8×8 square pan with foil. Spray with Pam or equivalent. (I use the foil as I have only one 8×8 baking pan. When one batch is done it is so easy to tip it out onto cooling rack and use the pan again!

 

Press not quite 1/2 of the Oatmeal mixture into bottom of your prepared baking pan.

 

the Catcher Crust (Bottom)...

 

Spread the Date mixture evenly over the crust.

 

Date Filling on Top...

 

Sprinkle the remaining Oatmeal mixture evenly over top of Dates and press down gently.

 

It's Like a Date Sandwich!!!

 

Now you should have been paying attention and even though I haven’t said to, have you oven heated to 350, bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until top has just started to brown.

Tip pan upside down on flat surface, remove pan and foil from the Date Bars, allow to cool.

Eat these!!!

 

Oatmeal Date Bars, Double YUM!!!

 

 

 

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