This recipe comes from my sister Linda Stradley and her website What’s Cooking America. These cookies are very chewy and delicious with a nice orange flavor topped with a light lemon glaze. They make a great Christmas cookie.
Orange Date Nut Bars
Small amount of vegetable shortening for preparing pan
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
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups pitted dates, coarsely chopped
2 cups walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1¼ cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
Tip: Use a citrus zester and citrus juicer for fresh zest and freshly squeezed juice. Use standard measuring cups and spoons or scales for accurate measuring.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare one 13x9x2 inch oblong pan; lightly grease the pan with shortening.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
Makes about 3 dozen bars
Description: Glazed Bar Cookie with Fruit and Nuts
Pan: One 13"x9"x2" Oblong
Pan Prep: Greased
Oven Temp: 375o
Prep Time: 1 Hour
Baking Time: 25 to 30 Minutes
Yield: 3 Dozen Bars
Storage: Airtight Container, Room Temperature
Recipe Type: Cookie, Orange, Lemon, Dates, Walnuts
Help: Cookie Hints
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