Buttery Orange Date Bars

    1 hour

    This recipe makes deliciously moist date bars accented with orange peel and a buttery orange icing. A big hit with the whole family.

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    Serves: 48 

    • 3/4 cup white sugar
    • 125g butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
    • 250g chopped pitted dates
    • 1 1/4 cups (155g) plain flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 3/4 cup (190ml) milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • 3 cups icing sugar
    • 85g butter, softened
    • 90g cream cheese, softened
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons orange juice

    Preparation:40min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 20x30cm baking pan.
    2. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine sugar, 125g butter, water and dates. Cook, stirring frequently until dates have softened and the mixture is well blended. Remove from heat.
    3. Combine the flour, bicarb soda and salt; stir into the date mixture then mix in the 1/4 cup orange juice, milk, eggs and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
    4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. To make the icing combine the icing sugar, 85g butter, cream cheese and orange zest. Beat until smooth. Gradually mix in the remaining orange juice a tablespoon at a time until the icing is spreadable. Spread over the bars when cool. Cut into squares.

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    Thanks Michele! These bars were just delicious. The frosting is a big part of their appeal for me. I added Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg and Cloves to the batter to make them Orange Spice Date Bars.  -  08 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Excellent flavor and fairly easy to prepare. I have never made or eaten date bars before so I can't say how the date flavor comes through, but I thought they were very tasty as did my whole family. I ommited the orange zest in both the bars and frosting as I just don't care for zest. I increased the amount of OJ in the batter by a couple of tablespoons instead. The batter is very much the consistancy of a thick pancake batter. The recipe didn't state when to add the pecans so I mixed them in last. I put it in a glass pan instead of the jelly roll pan because I think it would have spilled over. The recipe for the frosting makes way too much. Half to 2/3 of the recipe would have been enough. I also added two tablespoons of milk to make it creamy before adding the OJ. These were very good and I will definately make them again.  -  23 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    very nice cake bars but added anise seeds to it which made it very tasty. so thats why i am giving it fours stars, and also had to cut the sugar back to a little more than half.  -  27 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)