Out of this World Date Bars


3/4 cup butter, melted

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 1/2 cups flour


2 eggs, beaten lightly

2 Tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 cups chopped pitted dates


1/4 cup butter

2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350° F. To make crust: combine the 3 ingredients. Spread in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake 10 minutes.

To make filling: combine the 5 ingredients. Spread over baked crust. Bake this for 25 to 30 minutes.

To make frosting: combine the 4 ingredients and mix together with an electric mixer or blender. Spread over warm bars. Cool. Cut into small squares. Makes 4 dozen.

Linda Berglund

A recipe that converts doubters

When Linda Berglund of Shoreview spotted this year’s theme, “Holiday Party Time,” she thought entering the annual recipe contest would be “a fun thing to do.” She jokes that she hadn’t submitted a recipe “for about 100 years,” but she saw the contest advertisement and decided to give it another try.

And she’s glad she did, as her “Out of This World Date Bars” won third place. Berglund describes her bars as a little unusual. “There are a lot of people who think, ‘Oh, I don’t like dates,’ and then they try these date bars and are won over.”

Berglund renamed them Out of This World Date Bars because that’s what people exclaim when they eat them.

That certainly was the case during the contest taste-testing. One judge quipped that he ate “five pieces and it took all my resolve not to go back for a sixth!”

The bars are very easy to make. Berglund says she just kind of “whips them together,” yet they’re pretty on a serving plate, which makes them a great dessert for holiday gatherings.

Her date bars were so popular at her former job that she kept bringing them after she had left.

“My old boss used to have me bring them in every year, even after I wasn’t working there. That’s how much she loved them,” Berglund says with a chuckle.

Berglund loves to cook and try new recipes all year, not just around the holidays. But these bars are a personal favorite. “I like little pieces of it because then I can eat more of them,” she says.


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