Nanny’s date squares


Original blog post

Recipe source: Purity Cookbook, edition unknown

Time required: 3 hr (2 hr is cooling time)

Yields: 48 squares


Tools required:

  • 8″ square pan
  • tin foil
  • pastry blender


  • 1 lb pitted dates, halved
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar
  • ½ C water
  • 1 C flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 C butter, softened
  • 1 C lightly-packed brown sugar
  • 2 C rolled oats


  1. Pre-heat oven to 162°C / 325°F. Line pan with foil and grease.
  2. In a sauce pan combine: dates, 1 TBSP brown sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 min or until it reaches the mushy consistency of jam. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl combine: flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Cut in butter.
  5. Cut in 1 C brown sugar and oats.
  6. Press half of the oat mixture into greased pan.
  7. Cover evenly with date filling.
  8. Cover with remaining oat mixture.
  9. Bake 35-40 min until light golden brown.
  10. Cool completely before cutting.

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