Nutty Date Bars

Nutty Date Bars are chewy nuggets of satisfying sweetness. They are cut into small bars (think Lego size) because they are packed full of sweet dates. I treasure this heirloom recipe because it has been handed down by my Grandma (Lib) and carried on by my Mom (Jane) every Christmas.

½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 ½ teaspoon vanilla 1 cup flour

¼ teaspoons salt (or ½ teaspoon salt if you use UNsalted butter)

1 pound dried dates, pitted and chopped

1 cup chopped walnuts

Makes around 40 cookies

  • Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit.

  • Line an 11 x 7" pan with parchment paper or grease and flour all sides.

  • In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter together. Beat for several minutes until the mixture changes to a pale color and the sugar dissolves.

  • Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

  • In a second bowl, combine the flour and salt. Then, add to the creamed mixture. Mix well.

  • Stir in the dates and walnuts.

  • Tip batter into the prepared pan and spread out to the edges.

  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

  • Cool completely then cut into small finger-sized bars.

  • Optional Roll bars in granulated sugar.

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