One of my best childhood memories is my hometown bakery. My sister and I would stop by on our way home from school almost everyday. I had quite a few favorites such as huge butter cookies, cream horns dusted with powdered sugar, and date nut bars. All of the above were enjoyed with a Tab or a big cup of coffee depending on the season and the weather. I have been searching for the recipe to make the perfect date nut bars and this one is pretty close. The bottom layer is similar to a shortbread cookie and the top layer is a mixture of dates, coconut, and nuts. Delicious! Sorry, but I’ve got to run. I brought home school work which is calling my name. I have about 400 papers that are graded, but have not been put into the gradebook. So I am off to do my real job!
Dream Bars from Gracious Goodness
Yield about 4 dozen bars
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup dates, chopped
- Lined a 13 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper.
- Mix ingredients for the crust, butter, flour and brown sugar until crumbly and pat into a 9 x 13 inch pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. It will look like lacey candy.
- Cool completely.
- Mix brown sugar, beaten eggs and vanilla together.
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt then add to the sugar mixture.
- Fold in coconut, nuts, and dates.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Do not overcook.
- Cool in pan and cut into squares.