Party date bars

Yield: 24 Bars

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Pitted dates
½ cup Sugar
1 Orange; grated peel
¼ cup Orange juice
½ cup Chopped nutmeats
1 cup Sifted all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon Soda
½ teaspoon Salt
1 cup Quaker Oats, uncooked (quick or old-fashioned)
1 cup Brown sugar, firmly packed
½ cup Butter or margarine; melted

FILLING

CRUMB BASE

For filling, combine dates, sugar, orange peel and orange juice in medium-sized saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until thickened. Cool. Stir in nutmeats.

For base, sift together flour, soda and salt. Add oats and sugar; mix well. Stir in butter; mix until crumbly. Firmly press ⅔ of mixture into greased 8-inch square baking pan. Spread filling evenly over crumb base. Top with remaining crumb mixture; pack lightly. Bake in preheated moderate oven (350 F.) 30 to 35 minutes. Cool; cut in bars.

Source: Our Favorites for family and friends Reprinted with permission from The Quaker Oats Company Electronic format courtesy of Karen Mintzias

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