500 Best Cookies, Bars & Squares by Esther Brody.
For sweet satisfaction and delight, there is nothing like homemade cookies, brownies, bars or squares. Fun to eat and easy to prepare, they make the perfect portable snack and dessert.
500 Best Cookies, Bars and Squares includes a wide variety of recipes and flavors — ranging from chocolate-based brownies and fruit bars and squares to an extraordinary range of cookies. The cookie recipes include the classic as well as variations on traditional favorites.
Matrimonial Date Bars
2 cups chopped pitted dates
2/3 cup cold water
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
2 tsp grated orange zest
2 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 C)
Grease a 9 x 13 cake pan.
Filling: In a saucepan, combine dates, water, brown sugar and zest. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until thick and smooth. Remove from heat, then stir in orange and lemon juices. Set aside to cool slightly.
Base: In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in oats and brown sugar. Using two knives, a pastry blender or your fingers, cut butter in until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set half aside and press remainder evenly into prepared pan.
Spread filling evenly over the base. Top with the remaining crumb mixture; smooth lightly with your hands. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, then increase
heat to 350 degrees and bake 5 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cut into bars while still hot. Place pan on wire rack to cool completely. Makes 36 bars.