Easy Date and Nut Bars

    1 hour 5 minutes

    Delicious bars that are easy to make. They are even better with age - bake them and hide them in the fridge for a couple of days.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1/3 cup boiling water
    • 2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
    • 1/2 cup copha
    • 1 cup (220g) white sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup (125g) plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1/4 cup icing sugar

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over dates and set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Grease a 25x25cm baking pan.
    2. In a medium bowl, cream together the copha and white sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the dates, including any water; mix well. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and bicarb soda; stir into the date mixture. Then stir in the nuts.
    3. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. When cool, cut into bars and roll each bar in icing sugar.

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    Finally a date bar that is moist and holds together. I shared these bars with my neighbor and she loved them as much as my husband did! I did increase the cinnamon to 1/4 teaspoon. I didn't use the confectioners' sugar, once we tried them without we decided they were perfect the way they were. Great recipe!  -  09 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Delicious! I made a few changes just for personal preference, I reduced the dates to 1 1/4 cups, added 1/4 cup of golden raisins, and increased the walnuts to one full cup. I also used 2/3 cup of brown sugar and 1/3 cup of white sugar and added 1 tsp of vanilla. Also increased the cinnamon to 1/4 tsp and left off the powdered sugar as others suggested. Although I'm sure this would be awesome as it's originally written. I will be adding this to my recipe books.  -  01 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    this is a delicious recipe. the only thing i added is a teaspoon of vanilla. once cooled in the fridge overnight, it was firmer and chewier to the bite. i love it!  -  09 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)