Orange Oat Date Bars

Prize-Winning Recipe 2010! Oatmeal cookie mix makes quick work of rich date bars with a citrus twist.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 20

Ingredients

1
package (8 oz) chopped dates (1 1/2 cups)
1 3/4
cups orange juice
1/3
cup packed brown sugar
1
cup coarsely chopped pecans
1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ oatmeal cookie mix
1/2
cup plus 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/2
teaspoon powdered sugar

  • 1 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.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 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.

Expert Tips

Serve warm as dessert squares topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
250
(
Calories from Fat
100),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
11%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
135mg
135%;
Total Carbohydrate
35g
35%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
23g
23%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
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;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.