Date Bars, Plain & Simple

I received some gorgeous Medjool dates for the holidays and instead of hiding them and stealing one here and there, I decided to make Homesick Texan's Date Bars to share. The recipe is similar to my date nut bread, but it has no oil in it.

These beauties came out moist and delicious and those toasted pecans made the house smell so good!

Since I never have rum in the house, I used Grand Marnier instead to soak the dates, the results were delicious.

Great with afternoon coffee.

Date Bars (adapted from Homesick Texan's Cookbook):

8 ounces (1 1/2 cups, 225 g) diced pitted dates
1 tablespoon rum or Grand Marnier
1 cup (140 g) flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup (200 g) sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon melted butter, salted or unsalted
1 tablespoon hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup toasted pecans, chopped

1. Toss the dates in the liquor and let them sit for a few hours.

2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Line an 8" (23 cm) square pan with foil and coat the inside with non-stick spray.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, and eggs until smooth. Mix in the butter, hot water, and vanilla, then stir in the flour mixture. Use a spatula to stir in the dates (and any liquid) and the pecans.

5. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let date bars cool, then lift out the bars. Peel away the foil and cut into squares.

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Oo, I absolutely love dates, especially in a baked goodie! Love this recipe :)
Oui, Chef said…
Oohhh, I've got some delicious Haitian rum that would be fab in these. I think I even have enough medjools too...lucky me!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
Stacey - You know I bought a big bag of dates before Christmas and still haven't used them. I'd love to try them with this recipe.
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Foodiewife said…
I adore Medjool Dates. They're natural candy. I bought this cookbook, and have enjoyed reading it. I have, yet, to make a recipe from it but plan to. I missed this one, so I'm going to revisit it. I love making bars, because it's easy. Thanks!
Joanne said…
Mmm dates. So good I could eat them like candy, but I'd much rather have these bars!
Those look very good. I'd like to have one with my morning coffee. Have a great weekend.
I really like date nut bread but my breads don't perform well in the center with my crazy oven. Bars will be great! Have pecans, no dates! Will try later.
Ann from Illinois said…
These look SO good!!!