Great Aunt Harriett's Date Bars

Yet another recipe from my Great Aunt Harriett. Before she passed away, she made sure to send some of my favorites.  I think of her with love as I create her signature treats.  I enjoy her recipes, as she jots little stories in every blank space possible on her recipe cards.  I wrote a condensed recipe below.  My dad in particular loves these.

Date bars

1 1/2 cup flour
2 cup oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp soda
1 cup butter (softened)

Mix all ingredients.   Press 3/4 of mixture in greased 9x13 pan.  Add date layer (listed below) and then press remaining of this mixture on top of dates.

1/2 pound of dates minimum (Aunt Harriett always added a bit more so there was a thicker center, how much more, she didn't say)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Cook on stovetop until thick, (1/2 hour or so) watch carefully so it won't stick.

Add over oat mixture, sprinkling remaining oats on top of dates.

Bake at 400 for 25-30 min.

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