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Date Bars

These date bars come from my great aunt's recipe book, and will surely be your next favorite. These soft cookie bars are filled with plump, chopped Medjool dates and ground walnuts, perfect for a Christmas cookie tray or a mid-day treat!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 35 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 421 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounces pitted dates finely chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts ground


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 10x15-inch jelly roll pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder; set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the sugar and butter, until combined (it will be crumbly). Add the eggs, water, vanilla extract and salt and beat until thoroughly combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the chopped dates and ground walnuts.
  4. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool, cut into squares and dust. They can be dusted with powdered sugar, if desired. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container or covered tightly with plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes

  • Equipment: 10x15-inch pan (also known as a jelly roll pan)
  • Dates: Medjool is my preferred option, but you can use any variety.
  • Walnuts: Be sure to use ground walnuts, not chopped. Run them through a food processor, buy pre-ground walnuts, or chop finely over and over until you get to ground consistency.
  • Storage: The date bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  • Freezing Instructions: Wrap individually in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container or resealable freezer bag, and freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Date Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 218mg9%
Potassium 479mg14%
Carbohydrates 79g26%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 49g54%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.