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You know those amazing Date Squares they have at your local Second Cup coffee shop?  The really huge ones, that are so melt in your mouth delicious!

Well what if I were to tell you that you could make these delicious little sugar bombs yourself, and very easily too? And that they were jam packed with healthy ingredients, like dates? AND…
Homemade Date Squares are already Vegan, and so easy to convert to Gluten-Free!

All of that buttery date filling sandwiched between delicious brown sugar, flour and more butter!

closeup image of freshly baked three date squares

Would you be interested?  I thought so!

So in this post I share my Grandmother’s famous Homemade Date Squares Recipe, that’s been in our family for several generations.  And I’ve made a short video to help you put it all together too!

 

plate of date squares in background and one date square leaning against edge of white plate

 

This Homemade Date Squares Recipe is even better than the ones you see in your favorite coffee store.  Just sayin.

Biting into a freshly baked Date Square can be a bit tricky.  That delicious crumbly topping full of buttery brown sugar goodness will crumble all over you, if you aren’t careful.

But that really does take second place to the creamy date filling that swirls around in your mouth with the yummy cookie base and topping.

Date Squares are definitely a triple layer of awesome goodness!  They are also known as Newfoundland Date Crumbles and there a number of different recipes out there.

batch of date squares cut and assembled on wax paper

A well-known Canadian treat – wiki says Date squares are also known as Matrimonial Cake!

While there are lots of recipes out there – I like the one from Robin Hood – Ooey Gooey Date Squares.

But in my humble opinion, the very best homemade date squares recipe I’ve ever eaten comes from the one I’m about to share with you and that was created by my Grandma Snider.

trio of homemade date squares on a white dessert plate

 

I’ve featured some of her recipes before, she was an amazing cook and baker!   This easy date square recipe will quickly become a family favorite.

 

 

 

 

Here are some of her other recipes you can find on the blog:

 

What you need:

This recipe uses a 9 X 9 baking pan, but if you double the recipe it’s perfect for a 13 X 9 baking pan and that means freezing some for yummy treats later!

Crumb Mixture:

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • Pinch salt and baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup shortening

Filling:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of baking soda

How to Make it:

Preheat oven to 350F

Base and Topping:
1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients together well, making sure the shortening (or butter) is blended.  Then split the crumb mixture in half – one part
for the bottom in a well greased plan, and one part for the top of the squares.

I line the pan with aluminum foil and then grease it.

Filling:
1. Combine the filling ingredients in a medium saucepan and stirring often, bring to a boil, and then cook over low heat until thick. Cool
before spreading.

Make the Date Squares:
1. Press one half of the crumb mixture in the bottom of a 9 X 9 square pan, that you have lined with aluminum foil
2. Spread the Date mixture evenly
3. Top with the remaining crumb mixture
4. Bake at 350F 35 – 45 minutes or until top is golden brown.
5. Cool and cut into squares right away.
6. Store in an air tight container.
7. These Date squares freeze really well!
8. Enjoy.

 

 


Homemade Date Squares Recipe | Grandma’s Favorites

This homemade date squares recipe is a vegan dessert packed with the sweetness of dates combined with a crunchy & crumbly topping is a long standing family favorite. One of these these yummy Date Squares warm from the oven & a glass of milk makes a great afternoon snack. This recipe is so easy & freezes well too!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 12 squares
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Judy

Ingredients

Base and Topping:

  • 2 cups oatmeal fine (not instant)
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup shortening or butter if you prefer

Filling

  • 1 cup dates chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch baking soda

Instructions

Base and Topping:

  • Blend all ingredients together well, making sure the shortening is blended and split the mixture in half – one part for the bottom in a well greased plan, and one part for the top of the squares.

Filling:

  • Combine the filling ingredients in a medium saucepan and stirring often, cook over low heat until thick. Cool before spreading.

Make the Date Squares

  • Press one half of the dry mixture in the bottom of a 9 X 9 square pan, that you have lined with aluminum foil
  • Spread the Date mixture evenly
  • Top with the rest of the Dry mixture
  • Bake at 350F 35 - 45 minutes or until top is nicely golden.
  • Cool and cut into squares right away.
  • Store in an air tight container.
  • These Date squares freeze really well!
  • Enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin C: 0.2% | Calcium: 4.7% | Iron: 6.4%
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homemade date squares text in pink and white over image of three date squares on a white dessert plate and wooden table top

 

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This homemade date squares recipe is packed with the sweetness of dates combined with a crunchy and crumbly topping and is a long standing family favorite. Homemade Date Squares fresh from the oven and a big glass of milk! That's my idea of a great afternoon snack. This recipe is so easy and freezes well too!
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