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Shirley’s Date Bars

LisaLisa Ebbesen
servings:Makes 48 small bars
total time:
1 hr


  • 1 cup flour, sifted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 cup nuts, ground coarsely
  • 1 cup dates chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
Shirley’s Date Bars photo


  • 1

    Mix together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add ground nuts and dates.

  • 2

    Mix separately the eggs, milk and vanilla.Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and mix well. The dough will be very stiff.

  • 3

    Press into a 10” x 13” pan and bake at 325 degrees until done but do not over bake. Approx. 30 - 40 minutes.

  • 4

    When cold, cut into bars and roll in powdered sugar.


A Christmas holiday tradition from Shirley and a childhood favorite of Todd and Troy's.



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