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Date-Pecan Pie Bars

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Makes

1-1/2 dozen

I found this recipe many years ago in a magazine. The original called for walnuts, but I tweaked it to use our abundant Texas pecans. I make these for Christmas and other times throughout the year. —Lillian Greenslade, Fort Worth, Texas

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 package (8 ounces) pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto bottom of a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake until lightly browned, 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat first six filling ingredients until just combined. Stir in flour and baking powder. Stir in dates and pecans. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake until filling is set, 20-25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. If desired, dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 211 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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