Orange Date Nut Bars

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Orange Date Nut Bars
These cookies are very chewy and delicious with a nice orange flavor topped with a light lemon glaze. They make a great Christmas cookie. This recipe comes from my sister Linda Stradley and her website What’s Cooking America.
Recipe type: Bar Cookie
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Recipe Notes
Pan: One 13″x9″x2″ Oblong Pan Prep: Greased Oven Temp: 375° Yield: 3 Dozen Bars Storage: Airtight Container, Room Temperature

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Ingredients
Dough:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups walnuts, coarsely chopped
Lemon Glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1¼ cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare one 13x9x2 inch oblong pan; lightly grease the pan with shortening.
Dough:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar; use an electric mixer or wooden spoon and beat together until well blended. Add eggs, orange zest, and vanilla; beat until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; stir until well blended. Stir in chopped dated and walnuts. (The batter will be very thick.)
  2. Bake: Spread the batter evenly in the baking pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Leave cookie in the pan to cool; place baking pan on a wire cooling rack to cool.
Lemon Glaze:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine lemon juice and confectioners sugar; beat until smooth and creamy. Spread glaze on top of cooled cookie. Cut into 2 inch bars. Tip: My favorite tool to cut bar cookies is a stainless steel dough scraper; simply push the dough scraper straight down into the cookie for straight cuts. Or use a pizza cutter or small kitchen knife to cut the cookie into bars.

Orange Date Nut Bars

Orange Date Nut Bars

Orange Date Nut Bars recipe