We’re sticking with another one of the Twelve Days of Cookies for Baked Sunday Mornings this week, and I admit to being more than skeptical about these date squares. I mean, date squares? Ew… they sound like a grandma dessert. Something that is made only out of tradition, but really shouldn’t be made ever again.
I cheated a bit and used pre-chopped dates. There is such a thing. It felt dirty, but it was a weeknight, I was tired, and Google Shopping Express delivered them straight to my door.
The date filling is cooked with a bit of brown sugar until it’s soft. There’s not much more to it. It’s sandwiched between a sugary-salty-oaty layer that’s the perfect foil for the sweet dates. These are deceptively delicious. I couldn’t stop eating them, to be honest. People at work were a bit skeptical (dates? no thanks!), but those that bravely tried one were rewarded with delicious chewy sweet goodness for their mouth.
For the recipe and to see how the other Baked Sunday Mornings bakers fared, head over to Baked Sunday Mornings.
- Date Squares (Baked Occasions, p. 240)