Favourite Recipe: Date Squares

Growing up my mom always made Date Squares (also known as Matrimonial Squares). For me this dessert is a tried and true comfort snack. It makes me feel cosy and nostalgic….most likely due to the fact that my Mom made them with love, which I in turn give my family πŸ™‚

Here’s the recipe that she would use….not sure where it came from, but she had a large collection of cookbooks:

Date Squares

    Crust:
    1-1/2 cups of quick oats (Quaker)
    1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
    1/4 tsp salt
    3/4 tsp baking soda
    1 cup packed golden brown sugar
    3/4 cup softened butter
    Filling:
    1 lb pitted Medjool dates
    1 cup water
    1/3 cup packed golden brown sugar
    1 tsp lemon juice
Soft Medjool dates are the best!

Soft Medjool dates are the best!

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
2. In a large bowl combine the first 5 ingredients for the crust.

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Blend well. Mix in butter until a crumbly texture.
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3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the first 3 ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn temperature down to a simmer. Stir and push down on the dates until they are coming apart and mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and add in lemon juice. Cool 5 minutes.
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4. Take 1/2 to 3/4’s of the crumb mix and press onto the bottom of a 9×9 pan that has been lined with parchment paper (I like the bottom thicker than the top). Spread the filling onto the bottom crust.
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Sprinkle remaining crust mix evenly on top.
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5. Bake for 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting.
6. Eat! πŸ™‚

To be enjoyed with a cup of coffee or a big glass of milk

To be enjoyed with a cup of coffee or a big glass of milk

About The Inspired Nester

Travel gives me inspiration, yet home needs to be a sanctuary. Live in what you love β™₯
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