Date and Orange Slice Bars Recipe
- 8 ounces chopped pitted dates
- ½ cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup shortening
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 (10.5 ounce) packages orange slice candies, cut in half lengthwise
step 1: In a saucepan combine the dates, 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, and water. Bring to a boil, and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool.
step 2: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
step 3: In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve the baking soda in hot water, then stir into the creamed mixture. Combine 1 3/4 cups of flour and salt; stir into the batter just until blended.
step 4: Spread half of the batter in the bottom of the prepared pan. Cover with a layer of orange slice candy, then spread the date mixture over the orange candy. Cover with the remaining batter.
step 5: Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Cool, and cut into bars.