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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Date and Walnut Bars

Date and Walnut Bars, are chewy and delicious! Plus they only call for 5 ingredients! These light and chewy cookie bars are a classic. If you are a fan of dates and walnuts baked together, you will want to get a pan of these in the oven right away...

These Date and Walnut Bars are too good to leave alone! I keep finding myself wanting to cut and enjoy another one! They go great with a cup of tea or coffee and even a glass of milk. Date and Walnut Bars are easy to stir together, they are what I call a wooden spoon recipe. No mixer needed. All you need is a mixing bowl and a wooden spoon (or silicone spatula!) and you are set to go. 

This recipe for
Date and Walnut Bars is adapted from a Farm Journal Christmas Cookbook, that was purchased in 1973. It just goes to show that a classic recipe never goes out of style! I found it while looking for baking inspiration last week. The original recipe suggests rolling the cut bars in powdered sugar for a pretty presentation, before serving. That sure does look pretty on a plate, but I usually skip that part. Maybe it is just me, but I always drop it everywhere!

These bars are not too sweet, have a delicious flavor and a nice crunch from the walnut pieces. They really are perfect just as they are. But for those who must have a bit of chocolate in their cookie bars, I did notice that there was room in the batter to hold a few chocolate chips if you must! Maybe a half cup or so...and now I think we are ready to get on with the recipe!

Ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour, you may find our recipe here.
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • dates
  • walnuts
You will also need:
  • measuring cups
  • mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon, or
  • silicone spatula
  • 9X9 inch baking pan
  • small kitchen knife
Now we are ready to begin!

Date and Walnut Bars

adapted from Farm Journal Christmas Cookbook
325-degree oven

3/4 c Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour
1 c chopped dates
1 c walnut pieces
3/4 c sugar
3 eggs

Remove the pits and chop enough dates to measure one cup, set aside. In a medium-sized mixing bowl beat together the sugar and eggs, add the Whole Wheat Self-Rising Flour, date pieces, and the walnut pieces. Mix well using either the silicone spatula or a wooden spoon. 

Pour batter into a prepared 9X9 inch baking pan, make sure the date and walnut pieces are evenly distributed (this is how I know it will hold a few chocolate chips...).

Bake 35 - 40 minutes or until done in your oven, do not overbake. 

Let cool completely before cutting into bars. Roll in powdered sugar if desired. 

You are never done, until after the cleanup! 

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Storage options for Date and Walnut Bars. Store covered for up to four days, at room temperature. I do not recommend freezing this bar cookie, it is low fat and could be dry and rubbery when thawed. 




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  1. I'm a sucker for dates and walnut together. These sound lovely.

  2. Thank you for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girls omhgww and for sharing you Date and Walnut bars, they look yummy.

  3. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    1. Thank you Marilyn, and thanks so much for hosting! I appreciate sharing with Over the Moon!

  4. Sounds yummy! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Monthly Link Party 22. Shared!

    1. Thank you Dee! I appreciate sharing with Grammy's Grid unlimited monthly party! Have a wonderful week ahead.


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