#15 – Crumbly Date Squares

Baking My Way Through My PhD

New term, new classes! It’s been quite crazy, with so much learning and refreshing on my old statistics material. Sometimes I just wanted to throw my laptop out the window! But it’s calming down a little, and I even had some time to bake up some date squares! I really like the addition of ginger in this.


  • 2 cups packed, pitted, and coarsely chopped dates
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old fashioned/rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups coarsely chopped walnuts/pecans
  • 1/2 cups finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) salted butter, cubed, at room temperature


  1. In a small saucepan, bring dates and water to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until dates are cooked into…

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