Date Squares

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Date Squares (aka Matrimonial Squares)
Date Squares (aka Matrimonial Squares)

You may know these as Matrimonial Squares.  I have always known them as Date Squares.  Regardless what they are called, they are tasty.  Growing up, Date Squares were pretty much a staple in our household.  They are a good, wholesome square made with a tasty date mixture sandwiched between two layers of a rolled oats, flour, and butter mixture.  While these squares can be made with margarine, they are ever so much better when made with butter!  I add a touch of orange rind to my recipe as it gives them a nice tangy taste.

Date Squares
Date Squares

Date Squares

Ingredients:

12 oz dates, chopped
1 cup boiling water
3 tbsp boiling orange juice
3 tbsp brown sugar
1½ tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp almond flavouring

1⅔ cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup + 2 tbsp flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
Scant 1 tbsp grated orange rind
1 cup cold butter

Method:

Assemble ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Line 9” square pan with parchment paper.

In saucepan, combine dates, boiling water and orange juice, and brown sugar.  Let stand 15 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, bring date mixture to a boil and boil gently, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 3-5 minutes.  If mixture thickens too fast, add a couple of tablespoons of water, one tablespoon at a time.

Remove from heat and add vanilla and almond flavouring.  Let cool for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, soda, salt, and grated orange rind.

Cut, or grate, in the cold butter until mixture becomes coarse crumbs.

Press between a scant ⅔ of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Spread the slightly cooled date mixture over crumb base.  Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over date filling.

Bake until crumbs are golden, about 25 – 30 minutes.

Let cool completely in pan on wire rack.  Remove from pan and cut into squares.

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Date Squares

Date Squares are a wholesome dessert with a date filling sandwiched between a sweet and buttery oatmeal crumb base and topping
Course Dessert
Keyword Date Squares, squares
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Ingredients

  • 12 oz dates, chopped
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 tbsp boiling orange juice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • tsp vanilla
  • ¾ tsp almond flavouring
  • 1⅔ cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Scant 1 tbsp grated orange rind
  • 1 cup cold butter

Instructions

  1. Assemble ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Line 9” square pan with parchment paper.
  4. In saucepan, combine dates, boiling water and orange juice, and brown sugar. Let stand 15 minutes. Over medium-low heat, bring date mixture to a boil and boil gently, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 3-5 minutes. If mixture thickens too fast, add a couple of tablespoons of water, one at a time. Remove from heat and add vanilla and almond flavouring. Let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, soda, salt, and grated orange rind. Cut, or grate, in the cold butter until mixture becomes coarse crumbs.
  6. Press a scant ⅔ of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the cooled date mixture over crumb base. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture over date filling.
  7. Bake until crumbs are golden, about 25-30 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely in pan on wire rack. Remove from pan and cut into squares.

Recipe Notes

Yield: One 9x9 pan of squares

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