Monday, December 30, 2013

Super Easy Date Nut Bars

When I was growing up, Date Nut Bars were a fixture on the cookie tray at Christmas. They came from a mix probably made by Betty Crocker. I don’t think it is made any more, but I found an excellent substitute. This is a quick and easy recipe that will amaze you if you have the same craving for Date Nut Bars that I have.

Super Easy Date Nut Bars

2 cups chopped pitted dates

3/4 cup water

1 package of Krusteaz Brand Raspberry Bars Mix (Set aside raspberry filling for another use—like over vanilla ice cream!)

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Combine chopped dates and water in medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and stir continuously until dates begin to dissolve and mixture thickens. About 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8” square baking pan with baking spray.

Combine butter with pouch crust mix and stir with fork until mixture is crumbly.

Spoon 2/3 of crust mixture into prepared pan. Press firmly into bottom of pan.

Bake 15 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Remove from oven and spread date filling over hot crust.

Combine remaining crust mixture with chopped walnuts. Crumble nut mixture over date filling.

Bake for 25-28 minutes until top begins to brown.

Cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in sealed container. 
The last piece of Date Nut Bar from Christmas Cookie Baking 2013!

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