I have never been much of a fan of bar cookies. To me, they belong at funerals, small town anniversary parties, and my grandmothers' houses. I much prefer cookies. Yesterday, however, I realized why so many homemakers swear by bar cookies. They're so easy! And you get a whole pan full!
While my boys miraculously slept at the same time yesterday, I threw together a pan of date squares, also known as 'matrimonial cake' here on the prairies. I kept the recipe basic as possible, which was helpful, because I had to stop part way through to breastfeed. I referred to two different recipes and combined them to make it easy, lower in sugar and added whole wheat), and today and for the rest of the week, I can enjoy a sweet treat with some tea in the afternoon.
2 1/2 c. chopped dates
1 c. water
Bring dates and water to boil in a saucepan. Cook until smooth, about 10 minutes
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
3/4 c. melted butter
Mix together. Press half of the mixture into an 8x8 pan, spread the dates over top, crumble the remaining oat mixture over top. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
I noticed on the same page as the date square recipe in my Canadian Living Cookbook, a recipe for raspberry coconut squares. They're next!