Not Your Usual Date Bars

Not Your Usual Date Bars

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Serves: 24,Yield: 11×15 jelly roll pan
  • About This Recipe

    “This is my adopted recipe as of Feb. 2005. This is pretty darned good if I do say so. I changed the recipe to use 1 1/2 cups dates as suggested by the reviewer. This is more like cake than date bars. I didn’t bother with the icing.”


  • 1 1/2 cupsdates, chopped
  • 1/4 cupmilk
  • 4ouncescream cheese
  • 2cupsflour
  • 1/2 teaspoonbaking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoonsalt
  • 1/2 cupbutter, softened
  • 3/4 cupbrown sugar, packed
  • 2largeeggs
  • 1teaspoonvanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream or 3/4 cupplain yogurt
  • 1/2 cupnuts, chopped

  • 2tablespoonsbutter
  • 2tablespoonsmilk
  • 2cupspowdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoonvanilla
  • Directions

  • In saucepan cook dates, milk and cream cheese over medium-low heat until dates are soft and mixture is blended.
  • Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, vanilla and sour cream or yogurt and mix well.
  • Mix baking soda and salt with flour and add to mixture, mixing well.
  • Stir in by hand, slightly cooled date mixture and nuts.
  • Spread in greased 15×10 jellyroll pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.
  • ICING:.
  • Brown the butter on low heat, be careful not to burn.
  • Stir into remaining ingredients, beat until smooth.
  • Add small amount of milk if icing is too thick; spread over warm bars.
  • Reviews

  • “Well….you should have tried them as they are VERY good. The only change I will make next time, and there will definitely be a next time, is to add a few more chopped dates. Probably 1 1/2 cups instead of 1 cup. Thanks for sharing.”