Orange Date Nut Bars Recipe:
Yields: 48 bars
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated
2 tablespoons grated
orange zest (peel)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped dates, chopped with an oiled knife
2 cups chopped walnuts
Lemon Glaze (see recipe below)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heavily butter a
9- x 13-inch baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter
and sugar until well blended. Beat in eggs, orange zest, and vanilla extract.
Beat in flour and baking powder until well blended. Stir in chopped dates and
chopped walnuts. Batter will be very thick at this point.
Spread mixture onto bottom of prepared baking
dish. Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
remove from oven and let cool on a wire cooling rack.
When cool, spread Lemon Glaze over the top. Cut either into bars or squares.
Makes about 48 bars.
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed
1 1/4 cup sifted powdered (confectioner's) sugar
In a medium-size bowl, mix the lemon juice and confectioner's sugar together so that it is of spreading consistency.
Spread the glaze on the uncut cooled cookies.