Maple-Date Treats

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Maple-Date Treats are great Date-flavor loaded bars! Besides these sweets are a wonderful fruity dessert you can have them as a healthy snack whenever and wherever you might be. But make sure you have several extra pieces – your friends would love to try them as well!

Maple-Date Treats - three bars are on the plate.
Maple-Date Treats

Total Time to Cook 20 Maple-Date Treats – 35 min.

Ingredients for Maple-Date Treats

  • dates (pitted, finely chopped): 1 3/4 cups (about 12 ounces)
  • water: 3/4 cup
  • Viking Farms Maple Syrup: 1/3 cup
  • grated lemon rind: 1 teaspoon
  • Viking Farms Maple Sugar: 2/3 cup
  • butter (softened): 1/2 cup
  • all-purpose flour: 1 cup (about 4 1/2 ounces)
  • oats: 1 cup
  • baking soda: 1/4 teaspoon
  • salt: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

To cook Maple-Date Treats – combine dates, water, and maple syrup in a heavy saucepan. Put the mixture over medium heat. Bring to a boil; cook 10-12 minutes or until most liquid is absorbed and the mixture looks like jam, stirring frequently. Stir in rind; cool completely.

Turn on an oven and preheat it to 400°. We will bake our Maple-Date Treats.

Beat sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife.

Combine the following dry ingredients: flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture. Press 2 cups flour mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread the mixture for Maple-Date Treats over flour mixture. Sprinkle with remaining flour mixture.

Bake Maple-Date Treats at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack and cut into bars.

Useful VermontMapleSyrup tips to make your desserts even tastier!

  • 1 cup brown or white sugar = 1 cup Viking Farms maple sugar;
  • Use Viking Farms Maple Syrup in place of vanilla extract or liquors (like bourbon);
  • Avoid using Viking Farms Maple with brown sugar or molasses;
  • Viking Farms Maple for a syrup soak for cakes;
  • Use Viking Farms Maple Sugar for coating and garnishing cookies, donuts, pies & cakes;
  • Drizzle Viking Farms Maple Syrup over hot baked pastry dough (like pie dough or puff pastry) for an instant pastry glaze;
  • Make your bakery shines with a Viking Farms Maple Syrup glaze!

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