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Buttery and decadent, these easy Orange Walnut Date Squares with oats, brown sugar and a splash of cheer are just in time for holiday baking. #mustlovehomecooking

Orange Walnut Date Squares

Buttery and decadent, these easy Orange Walnut Date Squares with oats, brown sugar and a splash of cheer.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :45 minutes
Total Time :1 hour
Servings :16
Calories :270
Course :Dessert, Snack


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed, light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks), cut into cubes

For the Filling

  • 2 cups medjool dates (16 ounces) pitted and diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp Grand Marnier or orange liqueur optional
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line on bottom and sides an 8 x 8 or similar size pan with parchment paper.
  • In a saucepan, combine the dates, sugar and water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until very thick. Remove from heat and stir in walnuts, vanilla and orange liqueur. Allow to cool.
  • To a large bowl or food processor add the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, orange peel and butter. Mix or pulse until combined and dough just begins to stick together. Transfer 1/2 of the dough to the baking pan and press down into the pan with the bottom of a measuring cup. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Cool slightly then pour date filling over baked crust. Sprinkle remaining crust dough over the top.
  • Bake in oven for 35 - 40 minutes until browned and bubbling on the sides. Remove from oven and let cool in pan. Remove from the pan using the sides of the parchment paper, cut and serve. For cleaner cutting, chill for at least 1 hour prior to cutting.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 7mgPotassium: 219mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 382IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg

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