Donna's Date Squares
Without fail, no road trip or church bake sale is complete without a batch of Donna's (a.k.a. Mamma D a.k.a. Gramma D a.k.a Kirstie's Mom) highly addictive date squares!
This recipe is for TWO 9x9 inch square baking pans. Because as Donna says, if you're going to make them, make them. They freeze really well.
3 cups rolled oats
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2-1 tsp salt (we like that extra bit of salt)
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups PACKED brown sugar
1 1/2 cups salted butter, softened
1 1/2 lbs. pitted dates, cut up
2 cups water, or, as needed
2/3 cup packed brown sugar (second amount)
2 tsp. lemon juice, or to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
- In a large bowl combine oats, flour, salt, baking soda and the two cups of brown sugar. Mix in ('snap) the butter in until crumbly. Roughly divide this mixture into 4: pat one-fourth of the mixture into the bottom of one of the 9x9 pans. Pat the other one-fourth in the bottom of the other 9x9 pan. Reserve remaining crumble for the tops of the pans.
- For the filling: place dates, water, and second amount of brown sugar in a medium pot. Bring up just to a boil and continue to simmer over high heat until thickened, breaking up the dates with a wooden spoon or potato masher until no large pieces of dates remain. Add more water if necessary. Stir in lemon juice. Taste your mixture, make sure it is tart enough.
- Let cool slightly then divide evenly amongst the pans. Top the pans with remaining crumble.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until tops are lightly golden brown.
- Cool completely (don't even think about it, says Donna) before cutting into squares. Give the rustic edges to your kids, save the nice ones for the bake sale :)