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Chewy Date Nut Bars

You'll need just six ingredients, including a convenient boxed cake mix, to bake up these chewy bars chock-full of walnuts and dates. They are my husband's favorite snack, and he loves to take them to work. I often whip up a batch for bake sales or to share with my co-workers at our local car dealership.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix and brown sugar. Add butter and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Combine dates and walnuts; stir into batter (batter will be stiff).
  • Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around sides of pan to loosen; cool completely before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 184 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Helen
    Apr 20, 2020

    Can white sugar be used in place of brown?

  • mommyvick
    Jan 30, 2019

    incredibly delicious and super easy. My NEW Go-to bar for events!!! YUM

  • Candace
    Feb 13, 2018

    Great flavor and texture even though I couldn't regulate my old oven's temperature properly and they were a little underbaked. I didn't have walnuts so I used chopped cashews. Will definitely make again! Everybody raved about them!

  • s_pants
    Nov 8, 2017

    Dusted the cooled bars with confectioners' sugar. These were so good!

  • Raygina
    Nov 7, 2017

    These were super easy and really tasty. I slightly over baked them but they were still great.

  • Dellast
    May 29, 2017

    Surprisingly good. Not the most attractive bar but the flavor is really good. I have used a spice cake mix as is or a yellow or white cake mix with the addition of cinnamon. Most and chewy but the 36 servings is way off unless you are serving a 1/2 in square. Perhaps baking them in a cookie sheet would be better so not as thick and more servings but don't over bake. These also freeze well. Even hubby liked them.

  • Katheen Ann
    Jan 14, 2017

    New family favorite. Love the texture and flavor of these bars. I added a bit of salt and some vanilla. Try to make them ahead of time if you are taking these to a pot luck or a party, as they just keep getting better and better . . . at least for the couple of days they lasted around here! I wish I had another right now. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rosemary Swope
    Dec 31, 2016

    Made just as the recipe said. Very simple, and very good! This recipe is a keeper, and a new favorite for my husband and I. Thank you for sharing!

  • sistersofmercy
    Oct 5, 2016

    my husband loves these too. I add 50% more dates & also the zest of a lemon and an orange to them. I also bake them for 17-18 minutes, then take them out for 15, then put them back in till done. it's a trick I learned from Alton Brown (he recommends it for baking brownies) that makes them to die for. we like them warmed up with coffee or tea. Delightful <3

  • dig1
    Jul 20, 2016

    Good one