Date Squares – these easy to make date squares are delicious, gooey and super tasty. An old fashioned recipe that will give you the best date squares you’ll ever have.
When I was 14 years old, I used to work in a small bakery on the weekends for extra cash as a cashier. The owner of the bakery used to make these awesome date squares and I would always have one when they were fresh. I learned to make them then, but I have to say I don’t make them very often. It’s been years since I made date squares, not sure why because they are a favorite of mine. The beauty of date squares is that they truly are easy to make.
Start by adding a cup of water to a medium saucepan and add the 3 cups of dates. Place this over medium-heat and cook for about 10 minutes or until all the water evaporates and the dates are soft and can be mashed with a wooden spoon. Place these dates in a food processor, add the vanilla extract and pulse a few times until it becomes a paste. Remove from food processor to a bowl and set aside.
To make the crust, add the dry ingredients to a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the butter cubes, make sure it’s cold and pulse for about 30 seconds or so until the mixtures starts to come together and it’s nice and crumbly.
Start by spreading 2/3 of the crumble mixture in the bottom of the baking dish.
Next spread the entire date mix over and even it out with a spatula.
Next add the remaining crumb mixture on top and pat it easily with your hands or using the back of a spoon or a spatula.
Bake this for about 35 to 45 minutes, depending on your oven until it’s golden brown.
Now let the dates squares cool completely, then place the pan in the fridge for a couple hours. Finally you can cut the dates into small squares and enjoy with a great cup of coffee.
What you’ll need:
- 3 cups dates, pitted
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line a 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan add the water and the dates and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until there's no water left. Add the vanilla extract to the dates and mix well. Let mixture cool.
- Add the dates mixture to a food processor and pulse until it turns into a paste. Set aside.
- In a food processor add the remaining dry ingredients and the butter cut into small pieces and pulse until the butter is well incorporated into the mixture and crumbles.
- Spread ⅔ of the crumb mixture on the bottom of the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly. Add the date mixture and spread it with a spatula. Add the remaining crumb mixture as the last layer and pat it using a spatula, do not press down too hard.
- Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown then let cool completely. Place in the fridge for a couple more hours then take it out and cut into squares.