Chewy Date Bars--makes 24
1 pound room temp butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups desiccated coconut
for the date filling:
1 pound dates (I used 2-8 oz. bags of Dole pitted dates)
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
combine butter and sugars in a large bowl, use an electric mixer on medium to beat together until creamy--add vanilla and salt, beat to combine--beat in flour, baking powder and 1 cup of coconut until a soft dough forms
spray 9X13 pan with cooking spray--press 1/3 of dough in the pan to form the bottom crust--wrap rest of crust in plastic wrap and put in frig for at least 30 min.
combine the dates, water and sugar in a heavy pan over medium heat--cover pan and cook for 10-15 min stirring occasionally until dates are soft--cool slightly--pour into food processor to grind dates to a fine paste
preheat oven to 325--bake bottom crust on middle rack for 20-30 min. until brown on edges--take out, let cool slightly--spread date filling evenly over crust--crumble rest of dough over filling to form a pebbly topping
return to oven and bake until topping is firm and crisp about 30 min.--remove and sprinkle remaining 1/3 cup coconut over the top--let cool to room temp. (ya, right) and enjoy!
My Grandma Ruth used to make date bars. I have never made them before. They make me happy. This video made me happy today too.
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend. If you have the white stuff falling too, enjoy! Teresa