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Walnut-Date Bars

Yield Makes 16 squares
Wrap these chewy treats in plastic wrap, and place them in a zip-top plastic bag; freeze up to three months, if desired.

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 cups chopped dates, divided
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans, divided

How to Make It

  1. Combine cake mix and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and melted butter, beating at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended (batter will be stiff). Spoon half of batter into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan; sprinkle with 1 cup each of dates and walnuts.

  2. Stir remaining 1 cup each of dates and walnuts into remaining batter; spread over mixture in pan.

  3. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen sides. Let stand 30 minutes before cutting. Cut into squares, and store bars in an airtight container.