Date Squares Recipe – Matrimonial Bars

Attention date lovers!  You’ll absolutely love these Date Square Cookies – I do!  These delicious Date Bars were originally known as Matrimonial Bars.  Sometime in history, they became known as date squares or date bars.




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Date Squares Recipe - Matrimonial Bars Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Date Squares Recipe, Matrimonial Bars Recipe
Servings: 1 dozen bars
  • 1 cup dates, dried, pitted, and finely chopped with an oiled knife
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly butter a 9-inch square baking pan.

  2. In a large bowl, combine dates, walnuts, flour, baking powder, sugar, and eggs. Spread mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan.

  3. Bake 35 minutes; remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.  Cut into squares.

  4. Toss warm squares, a few at a time, in the powdered sugar.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Sprinkle with more powdered sugar just before serving.

  5. Storage:  Date Squares keep, layered between sheets of wax paper or parchment paper, in an airtight container at room temperature for approximately 1 week.  These cookies also freeze well.


More Delicious Date Cookies:

Date Pinwheel Cookies – Date Swirl Cookies
My mother made this cookies every Christmas season when I was young. I’ve always loved these cookies!

Date Nut Bars
We used to sneak these treats off the tray when we were kids.  Well, at least we thought we were sneaking them, but my Mother probably knew all along.

Orange Date Nut Bars
These cookies are a very chewy and delicious cookies.  Makes a great Christmas cookie.

Oatmeal Date Bars
This recipe is an old family recipe.  It is delicious and one of my favorite bars.


Source: Photo from the Epicurious web site.


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