Frosted Orange Date Bars Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- ¾ cup white sugar
<br>- ½ cup butter, softened
<br>- ½ cup water
<br>- 1 (8 ounce) package chopped pitted dates
<br>- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
<br>- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
<br>- ½ teaspoon salt
<br>- ¼ cup orange juice
<br>- ¾ cup milk
<br>- 2  eggs
<br>- 1 tablespoon orange zest
<br>- 1 cup chopped pecans
<br>- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
<br>- ⅓ cup butter, softened
<br>- 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
<br>- 1 tablespoon orange zest
<br>- 2 ½ tablespoons orange juice
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan.
<br>step 2: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, 1/2 cup butter, water and dates. Cook, stirring frequently until dates have softened and the mixture is well blended. Remove from heat.  Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the date mixture, then mix in the 1/4 cup orange juice, milk, eggs and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
<br>step 3: Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. To make the frosting, combine the confectioners' sugar, 1/3 cup butter, cream cheese and orange zest. Beat until smooth. Gradually mix in the remaining orange juice a tablespoon at a time until the icing is spreadable. Spread over the bars when cool. Cut into squares.
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Ingredients
- ¾ cup white sugar
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup water
- 1 (8 ounce) package chopped pitted dates
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- ⅓ cup butter, softened
- 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 2 ½ tablespoons orange juice

Directions
step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan.
step 2: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, 1/2 cup butter, water and dates. Cook, stirring frequently until dates have softened and the mixture is well blended. Remove from heat. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the date mixture, then mix in the 1/4 cup orange juice, milk, eggs and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
step 3: Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. To make the frosting, combine the confectioners' sugar, 1/3 cup butter, cream cheese and orange zest. Beat until smooth. Gradually mix in the remaining orange juice a tablespoon at a time until the icing is spreadable. Spread over the bars when cool. Cut into squares.

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