Date Bars

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 16 bars


Chewy and sweet, dates make a wonderful filling for these bars with a tasty oatmeal crust. A touch of cinnamon is all it takes to transform these simple treats into a heavenly delight.


  • 8 ozs. chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


PREHEAT oven to 400° F. Grease 8-inch-square baking pan.

COMBINE dates, evaporated milk, sugar and vanilla extract in medium saucepan. Cook, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.

BEAT butter and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. With floured fingers, press half of crust mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan. Spread date filling over crust. Top with remaining crust.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

Date bars: Old School, New Twist

by J. Judy , Pittsburgh, PA on Sep. 2009

Date bars bring me back to my Mom's kitchen forty years ago. Every special occasion had date bars present. And my kids love them too! After 55+ years,I have just recently found that celiac disease is putting a crimp in my love of baking! Bread, Bagels and cookies, you can find me baking something everyday. Now I have to re-tool my faves sans wheat, or do without. This morning I had the yen for date bars,having gotten dates a week or so ago to make the bars and did some quick substitution. For the offending wheat, I substituted 1/2 Cup Brown rice flour and 1/2 cup soyflour. There was no other adjusting that needed to be done since there's need to add a rising ingredient for these. I just cut my still warm from the oven Date bars, and VOILA!Perfecton. Don't be afraid to twist your recipes when some food offeder throws you a curve, the result is more than terrific!

Delicious Date Bars

by J. JOYCE , WISCONSIN DELLS, WI on Sep. 2007

These bars were easy to make and delicious. My husband and I relaly like dates so I doubled the date mixture. They were irresistable!

Delicious and Moist

by S. Susan , Southport, NC on Jan. 2007

I gave these as special gifts to my neighbors this holiday and everyone loved them...very moist and extremely easy to make

sweet treat

by T. Tiffany , ROCKPORT, ON on Feb. 2006

Great bar...needs more dates. I also added Pecans to the date mix...GREAT!!

Sooo Good and Easy!!

by G. Ginger , KINGSPORT, TN on Feb. 2006

These Date Bars are soo easy to make and are delicious served warm for Breakfast.

easy and good

by M. Mary , GOODYEAR, AZ on Feb. 2006

My Mom used to make date squares that were to die for. These are pretty close. Very easy to make and they taste good.

Unbelievable Date Bars

by B. Bukola , BROWN DEER, WI on Feb. 2006

This recipe is easy, taste very good, i mean i don't care for any kind of snacks/sweets/dessert but this Date Bars, they are "Heavenly" and i can't wait to share this recipe with loved ones

Date Bars

by J. J. , ARLINGTON, MA on Jan. 2006

I was given some dates for the holidays and they're not one of my favorites to eat out of hand. This was a great recipe and they used up the dates in a delicious way.


by s. sharon , HARTLAND, MI on Dec. 2005


Date Bars

by L. Lois , PRESCOTT, AZ on Oct. 2005

Very good recipe. I was looking for something to make with dates and found this on your site. It was quick, easy, and moist. I will certainly make these again. It will be a recipe to share with my sisters.