Thursday Treats: Date Squares

in thursdaytreats •  last month

Last week I started a new tag #thursdaytreats. I will upvote and resteem the post of anyone who participates and uses their first tag as #thursdaytreats and mentions me in the post.

Thursday Treats could be what you had for a meal, a recipe, a special drink...whatever you can eat or drink.

I’m pretty laid back so no strict rules except the norm- text and photos original.

Putting your link on this post would be great so I don’t miss you.



My Thursday Treat is a pan of Date Squares.


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Date squares have always been a favorite of my sister and me. If I know she is coming for a visit, it is one of the deserts I try to make ahead of time so we can enjoy them with a steaming cuppa tea.


I try to cut back on sugar and find the date squares in the grocery store are too sweet.

Date Square Recipe


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.

  • Grease 9X13 baking dish.

  • Soften pkg of pitted dates on stovetop.

  • 2 tsp. Vanilla when softened.

~ Before combining the crumbly mixture to cover the top and bottom of the dates, the dates need to be soft and mushy. I buy a 500 g pkg or block of pitted dates then cook at medium heat for about 5 min. You will need water to cover them. In no time they will soften up. Stir until mushy, add the vanilla and set aside.

Mix together:

  • 2 Cups Flour

  • 2 Cups Oatmeal

  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda

  • 1/3 Cup Butter or Shortening ( blend into mixture)

  • 2/3 Cup Cooking Oil

  • Pinch of Salt (optiona)

Mixture should be crumbly. If mixture seems too dry add a little liquid such as milk.

  • Place half of crumbly mixture on bottom of greased baking dish and pat down.

  • Put the softened dates evenly on top of the bottom layer.

  • Cover dates with remainder of crumbly mixture.

Put in preheated oven and cook approximately 25 min.



Softening the dates.


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Putting the layers together.


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Cutting into the cooked date squares.


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After letting the date squares cool, I cut the whole pan into squares - keep half in the refrigerator in a covered dish for immediate eating and freeze the rest for later.

Enjoy this rustic cooking in the cold winter weather.

I’m looking forward to seeing your Thursday Treats.










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What a great idea for a challenge @redheadpei Your recipe looks delicious. I have drastically reduced sugar in my diet too and when I do decide to have something sweet, it generally seems overly sweet. I'm sure I will take part in this challenge from time to time. Sharing to get the word out. Have fun!

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Thanks so much Trudee @trudeehunter for being a wonderful friend. Look forward to your entry. ❤️

Looks yummy. My mom makes something like this :)

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Thanks @steven-patrick. They make a nice treat. I’m looking for your entry sometime. It doesn’t have to be a recipe just a food dish you like.