I use the crumb crust for this recipe in a lot of desserts...It's so good I have to stop myself from eating it all before I even bake it! These desserts remind me somewhat of the seasonal pumpkin shaped Little Debbie cakes they have around Halloween.
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup stick margarine or butter
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 3 cups cut up pitted dates (1 pound)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
For the date filling...cook the dates, sugar, water & allspice over low heat till thickened (I mash it a bit with a potato masher). Set aside.
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease bottom & sides of a rectangular 19 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Mix brown sugar & margarine (or butter) in a bowl. Add flour, oatmeal, salt & baking soda till crumbly. Press half of crumb mixture into bottom of pan. Spread date filling over crust. Top with remaining crumb mixture, press lightly. Bake 25 - 30 minutes or until light brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars while slightly warm (although I love these cold out of the 'fridge!).
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