Juneau resident shares recipe for crispy date bars

Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2010

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S.S., of Juneau, e-mails: "I have not seen any date recipes in your column, and since I am a date lover I thought I would share a favorite of mine with your readers."

Thank you, S.S., for sharing a favorite recipe.

Crispy date bars


1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup margarine or butter, softened


1 cup chopped dates

½ cup sugar

½ cup margarine or butter

1 egg, well beaten

2 cups crisp rice cereal

1 cup chopped nuts, your choice

1 teaspoon vanilla


2 cups powdered sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla

3-ounce package cream cheese, softened

Heat oven to 375 F degrees. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In small bowl, combine crust ingredients; mix until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 11-by-7- or 11-by-9-inch pan.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. In medium saucepan, combine dates, sugar and margarine. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly; simmer 3 minutes.

Blend about ¼ cup hot mixture into beaten egg, return to saucepan. Cook until mixture bubbles, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in rice cereal, nuts and vanilla.

Spread over baked crust; cool completely. In small bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat at low speed until smooth. Spread over filling.

Cut into bars.

Makes 24.

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