This recipe was written on a lined index card and found in a large collection, date unknown. I’ve typed it below along with a scanned copy (front side only).

Recipe Card For Date Nut Bars

Melba’s Date Nut Bars

Filling – Cook until thick:

1 1/2 cup sliced dates
2/3 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
2 T lemon juice

1 C brown sugar
3/4 c shortening
1 1/4 c rolled oats
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 t salt

Combine b. sugar, oats, flour, salt. Cut in shortening until coarse crumbs.

Spread half mixture in shallow pan. Cover with filling.

Spread remaining mixture over filling.

Bake 400°
20 – 25 min.

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7 Responses to Date Nut Bars Recipe Card – Handwritten

Published 22 December, 2010 in 10:11 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe!

Since last Christmas, I have misplaced my mother in laws recipe for her date nut bars. She made them every Christmas for 45 years. I took over the job about 8 years ago!
I have searched the web for a similar variety. I think this is it~!

Published 2 September, 2012 in 6:30 am

I was at a restaurant in New Hampshire they had a bakery inside of homemade deserts after eating one Went back and bought what they had left. I am so glad you have this recipe I’ve been looking for it a long time.

Thank you,

Published 16 February, 2015 in 4:28 pm

I made these today and we love them. I’m making the Lemon Bars tomorrow.

Rene Olson
Published 14 April, 2016 in 12:13 pm

Thanks so much for this post! My Mother used to make all kinds of Date Recipes for Christmas, this will make us think of her when we enjoy them this coming Holiday!

Published 16 April, 2017 in 9:47 am

Re:Melba’s Date Nut Bars on Pinterest
The recipe card only showed the front side, and that was the only info typed, so the amount of nuts was not included in the recipe!
Could you give the backside ingredients from this card that would complete the recipe please?

Published 27 November, 2018 in 4:29 pm

Just curious where you came across this recipe. It is a fantastic one. My family has cooked these for years.

Jean Franchino Taylor
Published 18 December, 2020 in 7:35 pm

My 7th grade Home Ec class made this recipe in 1951 as our first baking project. I would bake the date nut bars over and over. I lost the recipe when I was in college in 1958. I baked the bars today and it taste just like we are back in 1951. Thank you for publishing, December 17, 2020.

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