Date Bars

 

Date Filling (below)
3/4
cup shortening (part butter or margarine)
1
cup brown sugar
1 3/4
cups all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon salt
1 1/2
cups rolled oats

 

 

Prepare Date Filling;  let cool.  Heat oven to 400°.  Mix shortening and sugar thoroughly.  Stir flour, baking soda, and salt together;  blend in.  Mix in rolled oats.  Press and flatten half of mixture over bottom of greased oblong pan, 13 x 9-1/2 x 2".  Spread with cooled Filling.  Top with remaining crumb mixture, patting lightly.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.  While warm, cut in bars and remove from pan.  Makes about 2-1/2 dozen 2 x 1-1/2" bars.

 

 

Date Filling:

 

3
cups cut-up dates (1 pound)
1/4
cup sugar
1 1/2
cups water

 

 

Mix all ingredients in saucepan.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened (about 10 minutes).  Cool before using.