Thursday, January 15, 2015

EASY PECAN DATE BARS

1 pkg (2-layer size) white cake mix
1 egg
1/3 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and lightly flour a 9 x 13-inch baking pan; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cut the butter into the dry cake mix using a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture is crumbly. Add the egg and mix well - mixture will remain crumbly. Pat mixture onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan.

Topping:
1 pkg (8-oz) chopped dates
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla
powdered sugar for dusting top

Combine the dates, pecans, and water in a medium saucepan; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.

Spread the date mixture evenly over the crust.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Before cutting into bars, sprinkle the top with powdered sugar.

May be stored in an airtight container and redusted lightly with powdered sugar before serving.

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