Prize-Winning Recipe 2010! Oatmeal cookie mix makes quick work of rich date bars with a citrus twist.
package (8 oz) chopped dates (1 1/2 cups)
cups orange juice
cup packed brown sugar
cup coarsely chopped pecans
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ oatmeal cookie mix
cup plus 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
teaspoon powdered sugar
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 9-inch square baking pan. In medium saucepan, combine dates and orange juice. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in brown sugar; gently simmer an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in pecans. Set aside.
In large bowl, stir cookie mix and melted butter with fork until mixture is crumbly. Press 2/3 of mixture into bottom of pan. Pour date mixture over crust in pan. Sprinkle with remaining cookie mixture.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. For bars, cut into 5 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature.
Serve warm as dessert squares topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Bar
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- (Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- (Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.