Double Decker Date Bars

  • Yield: 32 pieces


Bottom Layer:
1 1/4cups sifted flour
1/3cup sugar
1/2cup butter
Top Layer:
1/2cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3cup granulated sugar
2-- eggs
1teaspoon vanilla
1tablespoon flour
1teaspoon baking powder
1/2teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon nutmeg
1cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1-- (8-ounce) package chopped pitted dates
-- Powdered sugar


  1. To prepare the bottom layer.  Combine flour, sugar and butter.  Blend to fine crumbs.  Pack or press into 9-inch square baking pan.  Bake at 350F for 20 minutes until light brown.
  2. To prepare top layer.  Combine first four ingredients and beat well.  Add flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; beat well.  Stir in dates and nuts.  Spread over baked pastry.  Bake at 350F for 25 minutes.  Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Cut into 32 bars.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Baton Rouge, Inc.’s River Road Recipes II (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1976).