From the Wolf Family Recipe Box: Magical Date Nut Bars

By: First Lady Frances Wolf

November 21, 2017

This recipe from the bestselling book Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer was a favorite of my mother’s. She always and only served this nut bar treat during the holidays. The sugar on top made it seem magical and gave it that other worldly sense.

We continue the tradition in our home for our children and family. This holiday season, we invite your family to try this Wolf family holiday tradition. Enjoy!

P.S. See recipes we’ve shared from the past two Thanksgivings: Wolf Family Apple Crisp Recipe (2016) and Family Stuffing Recipe from Wolf and Donnelly Families (2015).

Wolf Family Date Nut Bar Recipe

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅞ cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of double acting baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of allspice
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of chopped dates
  • 1 cup broken nuts (choose your favorite)
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 325°F. In a bowl, sift sugar. In another bowl beat 3 eggs until light. Mix sugar into egg mix.

Then add 7/8 cup all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon double acting baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat all the ingredients until they are well blended.

Now add 2 cups chopped dates and 1 cup broken nuts.

Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9×13 inch pan. Bake for about 25 minutes.

When the pan is cool, cut into bars. Finally, roll each bar in confectioners’ sugar and serve.


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