Date Nut Bars Recipe With Brown Sugar & Walnuts

9 squares
50 min

Substituting brown sugar for white sugar gives this classic Date Nut Bars recipe a deeper, richer flavor with just a hint of molasses.

When we purchased and moved into my parents’ home last year, I inherited several items that mom didn’t want to part with, but didn’t have room to take with her.

Grandma’s Date Nut Bars Recipe

One of those ‘items’ was an old, forest green, tin recipe box chock full of my Grandma’s hand-written or typed recipe cards. While some recipes, like “Baconized Meat Loaf”, I’m a tad uncertain about, I was tickled to find her recipe for Date Nut Bars.

I use the term ‘recipe’ lightly; it was more a list of ingredients, with temperature and bake time included.

I decided to swap out the white sugar for brown sugar, only because I like the depth of flavor that brown sugar brings. Turns out, that was a very good decision if I do say so myself! The resulting Date Nut Bars are soft and chewy, with that delightful brown sugar taste and a nice crunch from the walnuts.

Let’s face it, tucking your batter into a baking pan is just so much easier and quicker than rolling out cookies. From start to finish, you could have these date nut bars made in about an hour. In addition to these date nut bars, another one of my ‘bars are better than cookies’ recipes is this Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars Recipe.

Date Nut Bars Recipe With Brown Sugar & Walnuts
Recipe details
  • 9  squares
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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  • 8 ounces chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Pour hot water over diced dates and set aside
Preheat oven to 325° and grease or butter a 9 x 9-inch baking dish
Combine flour and baking powder and set aside
Combine brown sugar, beaten eggs, melted butter, salt, and vanilla
Combine flour mixture and brown sugar mixture
Drain dates well and add to batter, along with chopped walnuts
Pour batter into the baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes, until tester inserted in the middle of the bars comes out clean
Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
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