Bars and Squares
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats, uncooked
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1 (8-ounce) package pitted dates, chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
Combine flour, oats, soda, salt, and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press half of mixture into an ungreased 12x8x2 inch baking pan.
Combine dates, 1 cup sugar, and water in a medium saucepan; cook over low heat until sugar dissolves and dates are soft. (Mixture should be thick and mushy.) Spread mixture evenly over dough in pan; cover with remaining oats mixture. Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into 2×1 inch bars while warm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Yield: 4 dozen.