Old-Fashioned Date Squares



20 min


1 h 5 min


24 squares

Old-Fashioned Date Squares

Delicious date squares are a simple blend of brown sugar, oats, butter and sweet dates—a comforting treat for a cozy winter afternoon. If there's a baked-goods equivalent to a hug, this is it.


  • 2 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups large-flake oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter


  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Lightly spray an 8-in. square glass or metal baking pan with oil and line with overhanging parchment.
  • COMBINE dates with water in a medium saucepan over high. Boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until thick, 6 to 8 min. Remove from heat.
  • STIR in vanilla and let cool.
  • COMBINE oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a food processor. Pulse 3 times to combine. Add butter and pulse until oat mixture is crumbly (pea-sized). Transfer to a large bowl and quickly crumble with fingers to evenly distribute the butter. Spread two-thirds of oat mixture over bottom of prepared pan. Press down gently to make a crust. Scrape date mixture over crust and spread evenly. Layer with remaining oat mixture and press down lightly.
  • BAKE in centre of oven until top is golden brown, 30 to 35 min. Transfer to a rack and cool completely in pan, about 1 hour. Cut into 16 squares.

Nutrition (per square)

  • Calories
  • 196,
  • Protein
  • 2 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30 g,
  • Fat
  • 8 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 55 mg.

Shopping tip: No need to splurge on Medjool dates for this recipe. We also tested it with packaged pitted dates, and the squares were just as delicious!

A single date square, shown from the side on a white plate

Get more of our delicious dessert square recipes, including a classic Nanaimo bar and the decadent Roasted White and Brown Butter Chocolate Blondies.