Grandma Morrissey’s Date Squares

  • prep time10 min
  • total time 85 min
  • serves 12

These date squares are made with lots of my Nanny Tobin's famous Spyglass Butter.  

Courtesy of Caroline Tobin, Mount Pearl, N.L.

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Directions for: Grandma Morrissey’s Date Squares


2 cups (500 mL) dates

1 cup (250 mL) hot water

1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar

1 ½ cups (375 mL) rolled oats

1 cup (250 mL) flour

¾ cup (175 mL) Spyglass Butter or other butter

1 ½ tsp (7 mL) baking soda

½ tsp (2 mL) salt


1. In saucepan, combine dates, water and ½ cup (125 mL) of the brown sugar; simmer over medium heat until dates are mashable. Give them a stir to ensure the dates have fallen apart completely.

2. In large bowl, mix together oats, flour, remaining brown sugar, butter, baking soda and salt until crumbly.

3. Divide oat mixture in half. Press half (or slightly more than half) into bottom of an 8-inch glass baking dish. Spread the entire date mixture overtop; crumble remaining oat mixture over top.

4. Bake at 350˚F (180˚C) for just under an hour or until golden. Let cool and cut into squares.

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