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A stack of two date squares on black cooling rack.

Date Squares- Matrimonial Bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: Date Squares, Matrimonial Bars, dates
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 32
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Laureen King
Sweeet dates between buttery chewy oatmeal layers.
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  • 3 cups oats large flake
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups butter room temperature
  • 1 lb dates chopped
  • 1 ⅓ cups water
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease 9x13 pan.
  • Using a heavy saucepan, mix together chopped dates, water, and granulated sugar.
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes until dates have softened and water has evaporated . Let mixture cool.
  • In large bowl combine oats, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
  • Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the oat mixture until coarse crumbles form.
  • Spread half of the crumb mixture into bottom of greased baking pan. Press down.
  • Next spread the date mixture evenly over the crumb layer.
  • Top with the remaining crumb mix, pressing down slightly.
  • Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The top should be nicely browned.
  • Cut into squares.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 356IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg