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I have finally developed a date bar recipe I am happy with! These delicious bars have a buttery cinnamon crust with a gentle bite and a light sugary oat topping. I’m drooling just thinking about how good these bars are!
This recipe uses a healthy 3 cups worth of deglet noor dates. Make sure to pack them into the measuring cup before chopping them. I cooked the dates down with some sugar and water until thickened which took about 10 minutes. Off the heat, I tossed in a splash of Appleton rum, a handful of shredded coconut, some nuts and a bit of orange zest. (Sidenote: I substituted the walnuts for pecans in the second batch and it was just as good.) Make sure to cool the date mixture down before spreading it on the crust. You can transfer the hot mixture to a plate and place it in the fridge to speed up the cooling process.
The crust is a mixture of butter, flour, oats, cinnamon, orange, salt and baking soda. I love this recipe because you use the same mixture for both the crust and the topping. By patting it down firmer it creates a cookie like crust, while the crust remains loose by just sprinkling it on top.
Oh my, these were so delicious. Make these as soon as you can. They make a perfect snack for any time of the day.