Thursday, February 7, 2008

Date Bars

I'm pretty sure my best friend during Roland's early days will be my Baby Bjorn. Or rather, my cheaper equivalent; I think it's a Snugli. I'm finding if I want to accomplish anything at all, this baby has to come along. Unless he's locked in his room, I run the risk of his older brothers torturing him in the name of love. And since a decent portion of his hours are spent sleeping, but only if you hold him, I'm breaking out this multi-tasking device early. Today I decided I was craving date bars, so Roley and I went to work while Emmett was napping.

I love date bars (mom's recipe again) and somehow dates seem healthy, although I don't know much about them except they are a fruit. I think. Obviously I love these bars because they have tons of sugar & butter in them. And I love an oatmeal crust, crumble, topping, etc. Even if you think you don't like dates - these bars will win you over.

Bottom & Top Crusts
1 c. butter, softened
1 3/4 c. oatmeal
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. brown sugar
1 3/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix all together until crumbly and press half in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 pan.

1/2-3/4 c. sugar
3 Tbs. flour
2 c. chopped dates
1 1/4 c. hot water

Cook in a saucepan on the stove and stir until thick.

Pour filling over crust, sprinkle top crust on and bake for 30 min. at 350 degrees.


what about mom? said...

just don't go all weird baby-wearing on us, ok?

hate dates. dates are like the only dessert in cairo. hate dates. can i try it with raisins or dried cherries or something? please?

elizabeth said...

Mmm. That sounds great! And baby carriers are a lifesaver! My first son lived in his. They love and I got use of my arms back, so I loved it, too.

Firefly Nights said...

These sound wonderful. Love the topping.

randi said...

I love dates! And, yes, they are good for you. Thanks for the recipe!

Kathy said...

What a great recipe! Can't wait to try it...Kathy@ Mimi's Garden