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Date-Nut Honey Bars

The flavor combination here reminds me of baklava—without the hours of work! These bars are perfect for holiday gifts, party platters and bake sales...they never fail to impress. —Anna Wood, Cullowhee, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped dates

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. In a small bowl, whisk flour, oats and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Press onto bottom and 1/2 in. up sides of an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until edges begin to brown, 16-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For filling, in a large saucepan, combine honey, apple jelly and butter over medium heat; stir until jelly and butter are melted. Remove from heat; whisk in brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; whisk into honey mixture. Fold in walnuts and dates. Pour over crust; spread evenly. Bake until golden brown, 24-28 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 235 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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