Date Squares (The Best)
Date Squares (The Best)
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Date Squares (The Best)

20 MIN
1 H 5 MIN
9 to 16 squares





  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Line a 20-cm (8-inch) square baking dish with a strip of parchment paper, letting it hang over both sides. Butter the other two sides.


  1. In a pot, bring the dates, water, lemon juice, and brown sugar to a boil. Add the baking soda and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, or until the dates have fallen apart. Let cool.


  1. In a bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, and baking powder. Add the butter and stir to combine.
  2. Spread half the crisp in the baking dish and press firmly. Layer with the date mixture. Cover with the remaining crisp and press lightly. Bake for 55 minutes or until the crisp is golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack for 4 hours. Unmould and cut into 16 squares.


If you can’t find Medjool dates, use regular dried dates.

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  1. Amazing, they taste sooooooo good. I followed the recipe and timing and they were perfect. 5 stars from me

  2. These were delicious! I used a food processor to chop the dates really well so there were no lumps in the filling. I baked mine for about 50 minutes and they were perfect.

  3. I made these with vegan Earth Balance instead of butter. My husband and I are working through our 3rd batch. SO YUMMY

  4. These truly are "the best"! I've made them with regular dates and with Medjool. Medjool are definitely sweeter and more complex in flavor.

  5. Great if you adjust the recipe, if you follow the recipe these would be burnt, I did 43 minutes at 175 not 180 and they were still a bit overcooked. Lots of similar comments.

  6. Just like my Mother used to make in New Brunswick! Delicioius!

  7. i'm wondering if i can substitute the white flour for almond flour in the crisp?

  8. Fantastic recipe, velvety filling and really nice crumble, perfect level of sweetness. If I make it again I'll definitely try adding either more lemon/nuts/cardamon/cinnamon - I felt it was missing some kind of a "kick". I also reduced the time to 45 minutes which was perfect. The top came out just-crispy enough.

  9. Great easy recipe. Still sweet enough without the brown sugar! Substituted the white flour with rye and almond flour, any whole grain version will work.

  10. Awesome easy to make and taste great. Not too sweet. Watch the baking time carefully your first time. I don’t have a hot oven and mine were perfectly done in 35 minutes. I also made it gluten-free using 1-1 Red-Mill flour . No one even noticed so great for celiacs like me!

  11. These date squares are delightfully delicious!

  12. I used the full 500 grams of dates, 1/4 cup unsalted butter plus 1/2 cup salted butter and regular dates. As suggested, could reduce baking time. Excellent!

  13. Me and my friends are enjoying it. Love every bite of it because it's not too sweet. It's my first time baking it and will definitely be making more. Thank you for your recipe.

  14. This recipe was excellent. I don't know if the dates are the ones called for but they are dates brought to me from the Middle east and almost three cups. I also used old fashioned oatmeal and it turned out just fine. Delicious recipe. I did use a wooden spoon to stir the date mixture.

  15. I tried making these today, with success! It tasted super delicious. I added coffee in the water and followed the rest of the recipe however, I did add pecan nuts to the dates mixture... I couldn't wait 4 hours before slicing because I was sending it over to a friend. Yum

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