Maple Date Bars - Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club

Maple Date Bars


For this month our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club is making cookies. We thought that a 'Vitual Cookie Exchange' would be fun.

Last week my parents flew from Québec and I wanted to have a treat to eat when we arrived home. I bake a batch of Maple Date Bars. I haven't had date bars in a while since all my recipes are high in fat. To my surprise this low-fat recipe is really good. Within couple days the bars were gone. They were enjoying them even for breakfast with a good cup of coffee. I like the fact that these bars uses one of my favorite ingredients: maple syrup.


See what others are baking this month for our cookie exchange:


*Jamie: Raspberry Strippers
*Val: Orange Walnut Tassies
*Aggie: Peppermint Patties
*Shelby: Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprints

Recipe:
Maple-Dates Bars

(adapted from Cooking Light)

  • 1 3/4 cups finely chopped pitted dates (about 12 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 cup regular oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Place dates, water and maple syrup in a bowl that goes into the microwave. Cook 10 minutes at high. Stir in lemon rind, cool.
    Preheat oven to 400F.
    Line a 13x9 pan with parchment paper or spray with Pam.
    In a large bowl, using a mixer at medium speed, beat butter and sugar.
    Beat sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. 
    Add flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Mix together.
    Press half of the mixture into the pan. Top with dates. Spread remaining flour mix on top. Press well.
    Bake at 400F for 20 minutes. Let cool before serving.


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  1. Helene, I too am a lover of maple! These bars would most likely go over well with my family! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I ll like to have a good coffee with a piece of this maple date bars !

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  3. They look delicious Helene and perfect for our cookie exchange at our Cooking Light suppoer club!!!If the family loves them then so would we!!!

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  4. Yummy bars! I love just about anything with crumb topping.

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  5. Helene,
    These look like some great cookie bars. I love bar cookies because you use one pan and you're done. Thanks for "bringing" to the cookie exchange.

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  6. Oh my, those date bars sound great. Never can have enough cookie recipes (especially ones you can eat for breakfast).

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  7. How lovely, and I like that they are lower in fat. What fun to do a virtual cookie exchange :)

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  8. These bars sound super with maple syrup! I would love one or two with my morning coffee right now!

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  9. Oh these look and sound so good. I have yet to make dates bars. Would love to try maple in them as well.

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  10. This reminds me of my Canadian friend's "matrimonial bars" which are delicious.

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  11. Helene... These look like amazing Date Bars! I love the addition of the maple to boast the taste. I am definitely going to give your delectable treats a try. Many Thanks

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  12. Very thoughtful and sweet of you to have a treat for your parents. I just don't use maple enough, but that's going to change after seeing this!

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  13. Maple date bar? It looks perfect for the season.

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  14. Maple and date sounds like a really good combo! I would love some with tea!

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  15. I love dates and I bet the addition of maple was perfect. What a great treat to serve with a cup of tea! I bet your parents were happy when they arrived! :)
    Happy Cookie Day to you!

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  16. Delicious- maple and dates together must make for a wonderful bar!

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  17. Helene, these must have been wonderful. I love the combination of maple with the dates. I'll make these as soon as I have time.

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  18. Your maple date bars are incredible. Perfect for your cookie exchange. You gals have kicked a cookie exchange up a few notches from plain old Christmas cookies.
    Sam

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  19. Oh, I haven't had these in a long while either...time for a visit, and I think I will give your recipe a whirl...love the idea of maple with them!

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  20. I like date-anythings and these look terrific! Ever had a banana-date shake (Hadley's outside of Palm Springs)? They're divine!

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  21. Helene, they look amazing! I've never tried a combination of dates and maple, but you've made me really crave it now...

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  22. I really love dates! I bet these are just delicious with the maple to flavor them.

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  23. I love maple and dates - these bars look delicious.

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  24. Maple and dates are so good together, but I've never had them in a dessert before, only savory dishes. Looks fantastic!

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  25. How gorgeous these are Helene...love them. I've got to come over to see you. Delicious!!

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  26. Those must taste wonderful! I am a big fan of bars...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  27. The maple date filling sounds incredible, and the crumb topping looks great!

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  28. I love maple too, Helene. This bar looks lovely! Think I will make them for a cookie party I am going to.

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  29. low fat always scares me but I will take your word on these.

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  30. All the contributions are lovely! And of course, I love anything with maple in it :)

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  31. I really like the sound of adding maple to date bars!

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  32. Mm I love maple syrup too! These bars sound delicious.

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