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Date Bars

Author/Submitted by: Betty Crocker's Cookbook
Servings: 36
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1  cup  packed brown sugar
1  cup  margarine or butter, softened
1 3/4  cups  all-purpose* or whole
    wheat flour
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
1 1/2  cups  quick-cooking oats
3  cups  cut-up pitted dates
    -- (1 pound)
1/4  cup  sugar
1 1/2  cups  water
    *If using self-rising flour, omit
    salt and baking soda.

Prepare Date Filling (below); cool. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease rectangular pan, 13 X 9 X 2 inches. Mix brown sugar and margarine. Mix in remaining ingredients until crumbly. Press half of the crumb mixture evenly in bottom of pan. Spread with Date Filling. Top with remaining crumb mixture, pressing lightly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown; cool slightly. Cut into 2 X 1-1/2-inch bars. 36 BARS; 135 CALORIES PER BAR. DATE FILLING Cook all ingredients over low heat 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened.


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