The Ultimate Date Bars

Date Filling (recipe below)
1 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Date Filling Ingredients:

2 (8 ounce) packages pitted dates (chopped)
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water

Prepare Date Filling; cool. Heat oven to 400º. Mix butter and brown sugar in large bowl with spoon. Stir in remaining ingredients. Press half of the oat mixture in ungreased rectangular pan, 13 x 9 inches. Spread with filling. Top with remaining oat mixture; press gently into filling. Bake 25 – 30 minutes or until light brown. Cool 30 minutes. Slice while warm.

Date Filling Description:

Mix all ingredients in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened.

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