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Date Squares

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

Ingredients:
1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
1/2  cup  margarine or butter, softened
1  cup  all-purpose flour
1  cup  quick-cooking oats
1/4  teaspoon  salt
1  package  chopped dates, (8 ounces)
2  tablespoons  sugar
1/2  cup  water
1/4  cup  chopped hazelnuts or almonds

Directions:
1. Mix brown sugar and margarine in medium bowl. Stir in flour, oats and salt until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup mixture. Press remaining mixture in bottom of square dish, 8 X 8 X 2 inches. 2. Elevate dish on inverted dinner plate in microwave oven. Microwave uncovered on medium (50%) 8 to 10 minutes, rotating dish 1/4 turn every 2 minutes, until hot and slightly bubbly around edges. 3. Place dates, 2 tablespoons sugar and water in 4-cup measure. Microwave uncovered on high 3 to 5 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, until boiling and thickened. Carefully spread date mixture over hot layer. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture and the hazelnuts. Elevate dish on inverted dinner plate in microwave oven. Microwave uncovered on high 4 to 6 minutes, rotating dish 1/2 turn after 3 minutes, until bubbly; cool. Cut into about 1-1/4-inch squares. 36 SQUARES; 85 CALORIES PER SQUARE.


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