Date-Orange Bars
Recipe from Midwest Living

Date-nut desserts can be cloyingly sweet, but orange juice brightens these simple bars.


Date-Orange Bars

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Yield: 16 bars
Prep Time: 25 mins
Related Categories: Christmas, Cookies, Desserts
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Ingredients
  • 2   
    eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2  cup 
    orange juice
  • 1/2  cup 
    butter, melted
  • 1   cup 
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup 
    sugar
  • 1   teaspoon 
    baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
    salt
  • 1  8  ounce package 
    pitted whole dates, snipped
  • 3/4  cup 
    chopped walnuts
  •  
    Orange Icing (optional)
Orange Icing
  • 1/2  cup 
    sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 - 2   teaspoons 
    frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, or orange juice

Directions
1.
In a medium mixing bowl combine eggs, orange juice, and butter. Set aside.
2.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in dates and walnuts. Toss lightly with a fork to coat dates and nuts with the flour mixture. Add egg mixture; mix well.
3.
Spread batter into a greased 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degrees oven about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. If desired, drizzle bars with Orange Icing.
Orange Icing
1.
In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar and orange juice concentrate, or orange juice. Stir until a drizzling consistency.

Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 192, Fat, total (g) 11, chol. (mg) 43, carb. (g) 24, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 3, vit. A (IU) 291.54, vit. C (mg) 4.13, sodium (mg) 168, calcium (mg) 30.29, iron (mg) 0.72, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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