Sugared Date Squares

Saturday 21 December 2019

I don't think anyone can ever call me an expert at presentation.  Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I get it wrong.  
Somethings are just difficult to present attractively no matter what. They might be an awkward shape, or the wrong colour.  Kind of like people I guess.

These delicious date squares are just such a thing. I don't think there is a really attractive way I could show them to you where I could  actually convey accurately just how very delicious they are! 
Again kind of like people. Often you need to dig deeper than the surface to find out the treasure which lies within.

They are wonderful delectable little bites of Christmas happiness that I only make once a year. When I taste how good that they are, I am glad that I only make them once a year.
This is purely because I could surely inhale the whole lot were I not intending to give most of them away.

Yes, they are that dangerously delicious!  Amazingly delicious! Wonderfully tasty!  A deliciousness you won't want to miss.

Yes, I do go on, but I can't help it.  These are just so very, very good.

Sweet and buttery and crunchy  . . .  in short very moreish.  Addictively moreish.

As I said up there  . . .  positively dangerous.

There is no baking required.  Yes, its true. Absolutely no baking at all.
You simply melt a few things together in a saucepan on top of the stove  . . .

Chopped dates, butter, brown sugar   . . . .  vanilla  . . .

Once you have done that all you need to do is to stir in some crisp rice cereal and chopped toasted nuts.  I like to use walnuts, but you can use whatever nut floats your boat. 
 Just make sure that they are toasted and that they are chopped to a size that is compatible with the rice cereal.

Once you have done that you press the mixture into a square pan that you have lined with buttered foil.

I use foil because it is easier to lift the squares out of the pan after they have chilled and the foil peels off of them lickety split.

You want to chill them in the refrigerator until they are really well set.

Once set you take them out, cut them into 1 inch squares and then roll them in icing sugar to coat . . .

I don't know whether to call this a cookie or a candy . . .  they lie somewhere in between both.  They are  so easy to make.  It just wouldn't be Christmas without a few of these on the cookie trays!

Yield: 5 to 6 dozen

Sugared Date Squares

Sugared Date Squares

Sweet little crunchy bites of deliciousness.  I only make these once a year.  They are no bake and a great last minute sweet to make and share for the holidays.


  • 150g soft light brown sugar (3/4 cup)
  • 180g salted butter (3/4 cup)
  • 225g chopped dates (8 oz package)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 75g crisp rice cereal (3 cups)
  • 115g chopped toasted walnuts (1 cup)
  • 130g sifted icing sugar (1 cup)


How to cook Sugared Date Squares

  1. Line an 8 inch square baking tin  with some aluminium foil and butter the foil really well. Set aside.
  2. Measure the butter, brown sugar and dates into a saucepan.  Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat.  When the mixture is melted, smooth and thoroughly combined, remove from the heat.  Stir in the vanilla.  Stir in the chopped nuts and cereal, combining well.  Spoon into the buttered baking tin, pressing down to compact.  Place in the refrigerator to chill completely.
  3. Once it is cold and set, dump out of the pan.  Peel off the foil and cut into 1-inch squares.  Roll the squares in the icing sugar to coat.  Store in an airtight container.

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I know the time is getting short before the big day, but this amazing little bit sized treat is so quick and easy I thought I would share it with you!  If you make them, I guarantee you won't regret it!

Now all I have to make is my mom's Feather Squares and a Ginger Cake Roulade.   I love being busy.  I miss the days that I had all my chicks around me and gathered beneath my wings.  Pity we never realise how quickly the years are going to pass until they have already passed!

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  1. These are sooo good Marie! I made some last year for my Mom bc it was her fav! The recipe looks about the same as mine except I put coconut on top bc I usually roll them in coconut. Well instead of rolling them in balls, I was tired and they were so sticky,so I put them in a 9 by 13 pan and she wouldn't eat them! I took a bite and showed her, nope stubborn! I had to take those darn things home bc nobody else likes dates in my family! So I've been debating whether to make them or not! Lol. The year b4 that my Mom took the container,put a few out and hid the rest in her bedroom! Lol.

    I finally got through to leave a comment! Yeah! I'm getting another internet provider bc I'm done with these people giving me grief! They even gave me $40 dollars credit and then took it back! It's Slower than molasses! Then maybe your other blog will finally come though again! Miss talking to you Marie!

    Merry Christmas to you and Todd and Mitzie!🎄
    I hope you have a healthy and prosperous new year in 2020!🎉 Jan

    1. So nice to hear from you Jan! Yay! They are incredibly moreish for sure. I will be gifting my neighbor next door with these! haha, too dangerous for me to keep. A very Merry Christmas to you and all the best in 2020! xoxo

  2. I have a similar recipe that my mother made, but she made them into balls and rolled in coconut. A childhood memory for sure, but a lot of people don't care for dates.

    Thank you, Marie for all the delicious recipes you so faithfully share with us. I also look forward each day to your blog "And Then We All Had Tea". Sending Christmas greetings across the pond and a blessed New Year. Through our Lord may we have the strength to face another year. ~Elaine

    1. Oh yes, I have a similar recipe called Frying Pan Cookies, and you roll them into balls and then in coconut Elaine. Thank you so very much for your wishes and kind words about my blogs. They are a labour of love for me for sure. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year to come! xoxo

  3. Serious yum and incredibly beautiful! Merry, Merry, my friend! (Who wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of your cookie and goodie boxes!)

    1. Aww thanks Jeanie! A very Merry Christmas to you! xoxo


  4. Your presentation (pics) is perfect, somethings need to be stand-alone items, these bars are one of them. Yummmmm

  5. As Mr Rodgers says, “won’t you be my neighbor?” Lol.

  6. I just made these today and oh my! They are delicious. I did add 1/4 tsp cinnamon to the melted brown sugar/butter mixture, and about 1/4 tsp salt as I did not have salted butter. These are amazing! I've been waiting all year to make these for Christmas! Thank you for the excellent recipe Marie!

    1. You are so very welcome. I am over the moon that you enjoyed them! Yay!! Happy Christmas! xoxo

  7. We just love these DATE SQUARES! We prefer to eat them cold from the refrigerator, but need strong jaws. Fun to eat that way. Our minor changes: We used non-stick aluminum foil rather than buttered foil, cut the block into ~2” squares rather than 1” cubes, and did not coat with icing sugar.

    Another great recipe from The English Kitchen.


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