Maple Date Bars
1 3/4 cups finely chopped pitted dates (about 12 ounces)
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2/3 cup sugar
6 ounces or 3/4 cup or 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces)
1 1/2 cups regular oats
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a saucepan, combine dates, water, and maple syrup in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Gently cook for 12 minutes or until most liquid is absorbed, stir frequently. Stir in lemon zest; cool completely.
Preheat oven to 400°. Grease a 13 x 9 pan.
In a large bowl beat sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture (mixture will be crumbly). Press 2 cups flour mixture into bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Evenly spoon date mixture over flour mixture. Sprinkle with remaining flour mixture. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
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