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Crumb-Topped Date Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.


2 dozen

Updated: Apr. 28, 2022
The basic dough doubles as a shortbread-like crust and crumbly topping for these sweet date bars. —Gloria McBride, Payson, Utah
Crumb-Topped Date Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups Basic Cookie Dough


  1. In a saucepan, bring the dates, sugar, water and lemon juice to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; cool.
  2. Press half of the cookie dough into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Spread with date mixture. Crumble remaining dough over filling. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 141 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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