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Date Squares

Also known as matrimonial squares.

Which, in my case, is true. Except it was my Grandma Marion that my husband would have proposed to instead, but he had to settle for me.

As long as I learned how to make these, if course.

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And I said sure, no problem, but he had to agree that:

1) I don’t have to clean the house if I don’t feel like it

2) He was in charge of laundry

3) Henceforth he would refer to me as one of three options:

  • Her Most Amazing Worship
  • Her Beauty Makes Angels Weep
  • She Who Shall Not Clean The Kitchen

Ingredients Needed:

1 1/4 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup of margarine

Filling:
1/2 lb of dates
1/2 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of water

Combine the ingredients for the filling into a pot and start simmering, stirring often. You want to dissolve the dates and cook until it’s a more smooth mixture.

Then we need to start the base and topping. Combine the sugar and butter together.

Add in the oats, flour, salt and baking soda.

Press a large portion of the crust mix into the bottom of a 9×9 pan, saving some for the topping. Pour the filling and spread it around evenly.

Crumble the topping evenly across the filling.

Bake at 350 degrees until it’s beautifully browned on top, like below. Cool it and then cut into pieces.

Be prepared for marriage proposals, from young and old alike. Just make sure, as with any contract, you stick to your guns, get what you deserve and walk away with more than what you came to the table with.

Love,

She Who Shall Not Clean The Kitchen

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Date Squares
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
The best date square recipe around
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Squares
Servings: 10
Calories: 452 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1/2 lb dates
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients for the filling into a pot and start simmering, stirring often. You want to dissolve the dates and cook until it's a more smooth mixture.
  2. Then we need to start the base and topping. Combine the sugar and butter together.
  3. Add in the oats, flour, salt and baking soda. 

  4. Press a large portion of the crust mix into the bottom of a 9รƒโ€”9 pan, saving some for the topping. 
  5. Pour the filling and spread it around evenly.
  6. Crumble the topping evenly across the filling.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees until it's beautifully browned on top.
  8.  Cool it and then cut into pieces.
Nutrition Facts
Date Squares
Amount Per Serving (10 g)
Calories 452 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 464mg 19%
Potassium 248mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 45g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 16.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 9.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    Joanne Waddell
    February 25, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Sounds really good!

  • Reply
    Arden Grant
    February 25, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    The coffee additive sounds super I always add vanilla o mixture and cut back on sugar..EXCELLENT Where is Butter tart rec?

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    Sonia Olivier
    February 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Have tried them, I am from Canada.

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    Melanie Harmsma
    February 25, 2017 at 7:12 am

    When I first glanced at it I thought it was a key chain and I thought “she’s turning baked goods into accessories… She’s finally lost it!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply
    Tara Zieminek
    February 25, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Whoa…hold on there. It’s just a date – let’s not go overboard.

  • Reply
    Joy Leeb
    February 25, 2017 at 2:40 am

    One of my favourites, too.

  • Reply
    Susan Fisher Westervelt
    February 24, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    YUM wrote the date squares down! haven’t had those for years will have to make and see if it is the same as what my mom made us while I was growing up!

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      February 25, 2017 at 2:25 am

      Let me know what you think!!!

  • Reply
    Erika Boyer
    February 24, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    i have made your date square and your butter tarts and both are RIDICULOUSY delicious (I am picky about both) and get rave reviews!

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      February 24, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      That’s music to my ears!!!!

    • Reply
      Erika Boyer
      February 24, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      from now on, if you say a recipe is amazing, I will not question, I will make it!

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      February 25, 2017 at 2:22 am

      Erika Boyer Now if only my kids would
      listen to me like that!! \U0001f60d\U0001f60d

  • Reply
    Sonia Olivier
    February 24, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Date squares and butter tarts, you don’t hear of either one down here.

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      February 24, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      You have to try them!! They are the best!

    • Reply
      Erika Boyer
      February 24, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      you seriously have to make both!

    • Reply
      Linda Cunliffe
      February 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

      Made date squares as and butter tarts not too long ago…..two of my favorite treats\U0001f604\U0001f604

    • Reply
      Sonia Olivier
      February 25, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      Have tried them, I am from Canada.

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    Julie O'Hagan
    February 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    No sugar needed with date mixture. I add coffee and later lemon and vanilla.

    • Reply
      Mary P Hoffman
      February 24, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Those sound like great additions.

    • Reply
      Julie O'Hagan
      February 24, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      They are. I tend to find other recipes too sweet for me.

    • Reply
      Jo Mar
      February 25, 2017 at 12:55 am

      How much coffee, and lemon juice please. Sounds so good.

    • Reply
      Julie O'Hagan
      February 25, 2017 at 2:38 am

      Will get back to you later.

    • Reply
      Julie O'Hagan
      February 25, 2017 at 4:22 am

      About 2 cups chopped dates or more, 1 cup cold coffee, 1 TBSP lemon juice.

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