Orange cream cheese date squares

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    'Orange' you glad you found this recipe for deliciously moist date squares with the citrus tang of both orange juice and orange zest baked right in, and pecans adding a nutty crunch? Don't forget the luscious, buttery orange and cream cheese icing...orange-mania dessert is here, in the best possible way!


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 48 

    • Date squares
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 115g butter, softened
    • 120ml water
    • 225g pitted chopped dates
    • 155g plain flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 4 tablespoons orange juice
    • 180ml milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • 110g chopped pecans
    • Icing
    • 360g icing sugar
    • 75g butter, softened
    • 85g cream cheese, softened
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons orange juice

    Method
    Prep:40min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

      To make date squares:

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 25x38cm Swiss roll tin.
    2. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine sugar, 115g butter, water and dates. Cook, stirring frequently, until dates have softened and the mixture is well blended. Remove from heat. Combine the flour, bicarb and salt; stir into the date mixture, then mix in the 4 tablespoons orange juice, milk, eggs and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared tin.
    3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
    4. To make icing:

    5. Combine the icing sugar, 75g butter, cream cheese and orange zest. Beat until smooth. Gradually mix in the remaining orange juice 1 tablespoon at a time until the icing is spreadable. Spread over the baked date mixture when cool, and cut into squares.

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    10

    Thanks Michele! These bars were just delicious. The frosting is a big part of their appeal for me. I added Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg and Cloves to the batter to make them Orange Spice Date Bars.  -  08 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    9

    Excellent flavor and fairly easy to prepare. I have never made or eaten date bars before so I can't say how the date flavor comes through, but I thought they were very tasty as did my whole family. I ommited the orange zest in both the bars and frosting as I just don't care for zest. I increased the amount of OJ in the batter by a couple of tablespoons instead. The batter is very much the consistancy of a thick pancake batter. The recipe didn't state when to add the pecans so I mixed them in last. I put it in a glass pan instead of the jelly roll pan because I think it would have spilled over. The recipe for the frosting makes way too much. Half to 2/3 of the recipe would have been enough. I also added two tablespoons of milk to make it creamy before adding the OJ. These were very good and I will definately make them again.  -  23 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    5

    very nice cake bars but added anise seeds to it which made it very tasty. so thats why i am giving it fours stars, and also had to cut the sugar back to a little more than half.  -  27 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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