Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Cookie Recipe #326 - Date and Orange Squares
The sweet mixture of dates and oranges lies nestled in between a crumby outer layer of butter, flour, sugar and oatmeal.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 1/4 cups oatmeal, 1 pound pitted dates, cut into pieces, 1 chopped orange, 1 1/2 cups water.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a square 8 or 9-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, cream butter with 1 cup of the brown sugar. In a separate bowl, sift flour with salt and baking powder. Add oatmeal and mix well. Combine dry ingredients with creamed mixture and set aside.
Place dates, orange, water and remaining brown sugar in saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until thick, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. (I then pureed the mixture because I like a smoother mixture, not chunky.)
Pack 2/3 of the oat mixture into prepared cake pan (it will be crumby). Spread date mixture evenly over top. Cover with remaining oat mixture and press lightly.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool on wire rack before cutting into squares.
Makes about 20 squares.
"The Ultimate Cookie Book", Tormont Publications Inc., Montreal, Canada, 1997.