Friday, July 29, 2011
Chewy Date and Nut Bars.
These happened because I realized I only had 3 sticks of butter left in the fridge and panicked, but I loved them so much that I'd make them even if I had 3lbs. left! You'd never know there wasn't any butter in these cookies, I swear! If you're a chewy fan, you must preheat the oven now.
Feel free to substitute any nut - I used almonds, but typically walnuts are the partner for dates. I'd also suggest using any dried fruit you'd like as long as it amounts to 5 ounces, but I'm rather partial to dates and their sticky sweetness :)
Chewy Date and Nut Bars
Adapted from Go Dairy Free
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup (4 ounces) sliced almonds
1 cup (5 ounces) dates, chopped
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. and line an 8x8" glass baking pan with foil, then grease the foil with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. In a larger bowl, whisk the eggs until they're lightened, then add the brown sugar and flour mixture, stirring until almost completely mixed, then add in the nuts and dates. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top is just golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 12-18 minutes.
Let the bars cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares and store airtight up to 4 days.