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Date Squares

These baked date squares make a wholesome and satisfying dessert. The inside of the square is made up of sweet and chewy date filling, and the outside is soft and moist.

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Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Yield: 25 squares

16 dates

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup vegetable oil

  1. Chop the dates.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine 2 1/4 cups dates, sugar, water, and lemon juice.

  3. Cook over medium heat until the dates are soft.

  4. Set aside and let cool for 20 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  6. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, brown sugar, and oats.

  7. Add the oil and mix until the ingredients are well blended.

  8. Oil an 8-x-8-inch pan.

  9. Press half the flour mixture into the bottom of the pan.

  10. Cover the flour layer with the date mixture.

  11. Sprinkle with the remaining flour mixture and press down lightly with your fingers.

  12. Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

  13. Cool for 15 minutes, and then cut into squares and remove from the pan.

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