- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 ¾ cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces dates, chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon orange rind, fresh, minced (Use less if you prefer a less intense orange flavor.)
- ½ cups pecans, coarsely, chopped
- Cut together first five ingredients to make crust. Press half of crust in the bottom of a 9” x 13” baking dish. Reserve the rest of the crust mixture to use as a top crumble crust.
- Combine the rest of ingredients except nuts in a medium-size sauce pan and cook on the stove until the mixture thickens. Add nuts to thickened mixture.
- Spread hot date mixture evenly on bottom crust and top with the remaining half of the crust mixture and pat down.
- Bake at 350F for 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut while still slightly warm.
My grandmother used walnuts in these bars, but my husband is a big bawling baby and only likes pecans, so that is how I make them now. You might want to try making a batch with each and see what you like best.
Tonight after the sun goes down we will go on our holiday light tour around town. We do this every year. We stop and pick up a shake (or smoothie!) and then drive slowly all around town viewing everyone’s outdoor Christmas decorations and Christmas trees. Most people at this time of year leave their living or dining room drapes open so that people passing on the street can admire their Christmas trees.
There was a time in the late 1800s on the East Coast when people would actually let anyone who wished come into the house and view their Christmas tree up close! That doesn’t happen today unless you are participating in a holiday house tour. (I enjoy those types of holiday tours–my favorite was a tour of churches decorated for Christmas that the area historical society organized a few years ago.)