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Classic Date Bars

This is a Dromedary Dates recipe.

1 8-oz. pkg dates, pitted and snipped
1/2 cup water
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Combine dates and water in saucepan; bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla; reserve. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt in bowl; mix well. Stir in butter. Spread 2-1/2 cups oat mixture in bottom of 9" square baking pan; press gently to make firm crust. Top with date filling. Combine walnuts with remaining oat mixture; sprinkle over date filling. Gently press into filling. Bake at 350 deg. for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into 36 squares.