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Oatmeal Bar Cookie Recipe with Dates and Nuts ~ Family Memories plus Photos

Updated on January 31, 2017
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I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Some family favorites here...

Oatmeal Date Nut Squares

Oatmeal Date Nut Squares
Oatmeal Date Nut Squares | Source

The pictures below show my mother and my Aunt Marge as young women. They learned how to cook by watching their mother and assisting her when old enough.

They both became excellent cooks in their own right!

Photos of my mother and aunt

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Sisters...these young ladies would become my mother (pictured on left) and my aunt.My mother as a young lady at the lake in Okauchee, Wisconsin.My aunt as a young lady at Okauchee lake.
Sisters...these young ladies would become my mother (pictured on left) and my aunt.
Sisters...these young ladies would become my mother (pictured on left) and my aunt. | Source
My mother as a young lady at the lake in Okauchee, Wisconsin.
My mother as a young lady at the lake in Okauchee, Wisconsin. | Source
My aunt as a young lady at Okauchee lake.
My aunt as a young lady at Okauchee lake. | Source

Family recipe

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to my cousin Bill on the telephone. He lives in Peoria, Illinois and my husband and I live in Houston, Texas. When Bill and I were youngsters all living in the State of Wisconsin, we saw each other often during the year...in fact almost every or every other weekend all summer long and then at other times of the year as well.

My grandparents and parents lived in the countryside of Oconomowoc across the field from one another and later...even next door to one another.

My aunt and uncle and three cousins lived in Madison, Wisconsin at that time.

My dear grandparents had room enough in their home to put their daughter and family up when they came for visits and always enjoyed their visits.

My cousins and my brothers and I always had a great time playing together.

We rode bicycles; climbed trees; slid on boxes down into the nearby abandoned gravel pit; played jacks; hula hooped; had picnics; swam in the lake at my grandmother's house and did countless more things together as kids often do.

Bill and I talked about many things that day and among other topics he wondered if I had a copy of a cookie recipe that my grandmother had given to my mother and his mother. My mother died in 2010 and his mother is no longer able to bake cookies. Fortunately I remembered the delicious oatmeal bar cookie that he requested and decided to make it this year as a part of my homemade cookie assortment that we give away as gifts. It not only has oatmeal as a prime ingredient, but also dates and nuts.

This stirred some family memories and I will share some photos with you in addition to the cookie recipe and step by step instructions.


My maternal grandmother

My grandmother
My grandmother | Source

Family memories

My sweet maternal grandmother was not only a terrific seamstress and homemaker, but also a wonderful cook.

She canned produce from my grandfather's massive garden and threw dinner parties that drew rave reviews from their friends who often came from Milwaukee out into the countryside where my grandparents had retired.

When I was old enough she let me help her clean and get her house ready for those parties.

It was fun working alongside of my grandmother. My mother often kidded in later years that she never got the same assistance in cleaning at home. There it was a job! At Grandma's house...it was a different story. I am sure that other parents have had the same experience. Ha!

The photo below was taken in the backyard of my parents. My three cousins are on the left and my two brothers and me are on the right. My Dad had built the trellis and our playhouse...also built by my Dad is in the background.

My cousins and my 2 brothers both of whom are seated below me on the right.
My cousins and my 2 brothers both of whom are seated below me on the right. | Source

Oatmeal Date Nut Squares Cookie Recipe

Cookie ingredients

This one is per your request, Bill, and here are the ingredients for this Oatmeal Date Nut Squares Cookie:

  • 1 3/4 cups oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup dates cut in small pieces (they now come prepackaged that way)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts

Directions:

Start by mixing the oatmeal, flour, packed cup of brown sugar, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.

Mix the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt together.
Mix the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt together. | Source

Next step...

Cut in the chilled pieces of butter and use a blender to combine with the oatmeal / flour mixture until crumbly.

Set the mixture aside.

Cut in the chilled butter and blend into the oatmeal mixture.
Cut in the chilled butter and blend into the oatmeal mixture. | Source

Combine and boil the dates, white sugar and water together until thick. Take time to stir this mixture and keep an eye on it. It will become quite darkened in color during this process.

When completed, add the chopped nuts.

Dates, sugar and water caramelizing together

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Dates, sugar and water combined in a pan and put on stove.Bring the mixture to a boil.Watch carefully and stir every so often as this mixture reduces and becomes thick.Stirring the mixture...Final product...the dates and sugar have gotten darker, thick and almost candy-like.
Dates, sugar and water combined in a pan and put on stove.
Dates, sugar and water combined in a pan and put on stove. | Source
Bring the mixture to a boil.
Bring the mixture to a boil. | Source
Watch carefully and stir every so often as this mixture reduces and becomes thick.
Watch carefully and stir every so often as this mixture reduces and becomes thick. | Source
Stirring the mixture...
Stirring the mixture... | Source
Final product...the dates and sugar have gotten darker, thick and almost candy-like.
Final product...the dates and sugar have gotten darker, thick and almost candy-like. | Source

Pack 1/2 of the dry mixture into the bottom of a greased 9 by 9 inch pan.

I find that it is best to use one's fingers such as shown in this photo in place of a spoon or spatula.

Pressing 1/2 of the dry mixture into the greased pan.
Pressing 1/2 of the dry mixture into the greased pan. | Source

Cover this mixture with the cooked date filling.

Cover the pressed mixture with the cooked date mixture.
Cover the pressed mixture with the cooked date mixture. | Source

Add the remainder of the oatmeal crumb mixture and pack down well.

Add the remainder of the oatmeal crumb mix and pack down well.
Add the remainder of the oatmeal crumb mix and pack down well. | Source

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

Cool completely before cutting into squares.

I turned the entire cooked Oatmeal Date Nut Squares cookie mixture out onto a wooden cutting board and used a large knife to slice across and cut into the desired shapes.

Let cool in pan after being baked and when completely cooled, cut into squares.
Let cool in pan after being baked and when completely cooled, cut into squares. | Source

Cute Cookie Jar

The Pioneer Woman Charlie Cookie Jar
The Pioneer Woman Charlie Cookie Jar

Many of the old cookie jars were in the shapes of animals like dogs, birds or even people when I was growing up.

 

Bar cookie recipe

Below is the final product...and scrumptious (if I do say so myself!)

This bar cookie recipe has a chewy candy-like interior because of the cooked date and sugar mixture and yet a crumbly delectable exterior because of the oatmeal mixture.

Hope you, the readers of this hub, will enjoy this family recipe as much as my cousin Bill and I have over the years.

Please leave a comment below if you decide to try out this recipe for yourself. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

Oatmeal Date Nut Squares

Oatmeal Date Nut Squares
Oatmeal Date Nut Squares | Source

Please rate this cookie bar recipe. Thanks!

3.8 stars from 18 ratings of Oatmeal Date Nut Bar Cookie Recipe

Oatmeal Caramel Bars...(good tips for getting bar cookies out of a pan among other things)

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      Peggy Woods 11 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      So happy to know that you like the sound of this recipe. Believe me...once you try it, you will be making it again. It is good!!!

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      Susie Lehto 11 months ago from Minnesota

      Oh, does this cookie bar recipe ever look yummy good. Dates, nuts and oatmeal are healthy foods and baked together like this spells "comfort food". Pinned to my home recipes. - Kudos.

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      Peggy Woods 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brenda Kaye,

      This recipe was always a family favorite. Hope it becomes one of yours also. Take your time in learning how to navigate this site and most of all...enjoy! When I started, I just wrote and knew nothing at all about how best to proceed. With time and some practice it starts making sense. I noticed that you have yet to write anything. Hope you start soon. Then when you comment on other people's hubs, generally they come back and read one of yours. You start building something that way...a hub at a time...and readers of your hubs. Good luck!

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      B Erwin 23 months ago from Texas

      I do want to try this recipe this year adding it to my recipe collections. It is very interesting recipe and one I will definitely keep and pass on to my family. Than you so much. I am new to this site and still learning how to do everything ugh!

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      Peggy Woods 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      One of my neighbors just asked me for this recipe as she intends to add these oatmeal date nut bar cookies to some gift baskets that she is planning to make. Obviously it made a hit with her family when I recently shared some with her.

      Getting some rain and wind today with the latest cold front. Will enjoy the cooler temps for this time of year. Stay warm and cozy up there!

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      These are delicious and perfect for all the holidays coming up, all the parties and get-to-gethers, etc. Sharing this with followers . . .

      Hope you'er staying warm down there. Seems like we either have too hot or too cold. Take care . . .

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      These oatmeal bar cookies are truly sweet and delicious as you mentioned. It is hard to believe that fall will soon be here. We woke up today to a wet patio and yard. Obviously it rained overnight. We are due to get more rain today. Hope your week is going well also. Thanks for the share.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      These are so sweet and chewy and delicious! With autumn nearly here it's time to think about baking again. On a day like this -- 96 degrees -- it's hard to believe autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving aren't far away, but it's almost time to start up the oven again. :) These bars are perfect for so many occasions. Sharing this. Everyone who doesn't have this recipe will want it.

      Hope you have started off to a great week. Take care . . .

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello FatBoyThin,

      Too bad your son does not like dates and nuts. This does not make that large a recipe and once baked and sliced, it freezes well. I put waxed paper between the layers when freezing. Hope you give it a try! It is certainly a good old fashioned recipe!

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Lovely memories and photos, though I have to admit it was your Oatmeal Date Nut Squares Cookie recipe that really caught my attention - unfortunately my son isn't a great fan of dates and nuts, so if I do make this recipe, I guess I'll be the only one eating them. Great Hub, voted up.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      My grandmothers as well as my mother were all good cooks. I learned from them but mostly my mother by watching and assisting her in the kitchen as I was growing up. The recipes just got passed down through the generations.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      This oatmeal bars are healthy, goid thing that your grandma can bake well, talented

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      I learned to cook by watching and helping my mother but I never did master sewing clothes. At least I got one out of two! Ha! Merry Christmas to you also!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Blonde Logic,

      Please do let me know if the guava paste worked well as a substitute for the dates. Hope you can find the dates, however.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a wonderful holiday cookie! I can only speak for myself, but we modern girls are letting some of the homemade talent our mothers and grandmother's had for cooking an sewing slip away. Merry Christmas, Peggy!

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      I have a problem with most recipes because I live in Brazil and can't always find the ingredients. Although the dates might be difficult to find, I will try some guava paste.

      I will let you know how they turn out.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susan,

      This family recipe was always a part of the Christmas cookie assortment that my mother made each year. Hope you like it as much as we do!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Peg,

      So glad you enjoyed this recipe as well as some of the background including those old family photos. Thanks for the shares.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Happy to hear that you have tried these oatmeal bar cookies and thanks for the shares. They are good!

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love family recipes and the stories that come with them. This sounds like an awesomely delicious - and even healthy - bar cookie recipe. Must try!

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your explanation was great and I loved the pictures of your mom and family members. I definitely will be keeping this wonderful recipe and trying it out for my holiday baking. Sharing and pinning on my favorite recipes board.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      These oatmeal bars are the best! I love the dates in them especially. Pinned to Awesome Hubpages, and sharing with my followers.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Thanks for the pin. Enjoy these bar cookies when you get around to making them. They are delicious! :)

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to pin these delicious bars to my "Fabulous Deserts" board!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Glad that you liked this IslandBites. :)

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      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice hub!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gus,

      Sounds like you like using things on hand and are a bit inventive with following recipes. I am the same way. Let me know how your substitutions worked out and how your buddies at work liked your taste treat. Obviously they also bring things to the workplace at times. Nice! :))

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      These oatmeal bar cookies do have a lot of healthful ingredients aside from the sugar. The oatmeal, the nuts, the dates are all good ingredients. So glad that you have tried them and find them delicious. Thanks for your comment and share. :)

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howdy Peggy (Peggy W -

      I just finished making a double of your nice recipe, hereabove. No dates around the place tonight so I used 1/3 each dried blueberries, dried cherries, and dried "craisins." For good measure I tossed in a half cupful of strawberry jam. I remember exactly what I said at that moment - "Why not?" So, I needed a little taste of the rascals tomorrow or so, but I was after some bribe stuff for my buddies over at Medical Tectronics. It's a mutual deal. They bribe me and I bribe them back. Kinda fun.

      Gus :-)))

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      These bars are delicious! Love them, and they are very popular with coworkers. Going to share this recipe again because they're not only yummy and chewy, but I think they're good for you.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      If your guys like dates and nuts, they are sure to like these oatmeal bar cookies. Hope the ice has melted for their official first day of fishing. Thanks for the pin.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      These I know I have to pin they have dates in them. The guys are meeting at the cottage for opening day of fishing season I may make these for them to take. That is if they don't have to push the ice out of the lake first.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi beingwell,

      Yes...this is a hands on project when making these date nut bars. Hope you give them a try sometime. They are really good! Thanks for the share.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Shucks!! I love how you prepared those oatmeal bars. Yum! Shared!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ishwaryaa22,

      It is nice that you also have many good memories of times spent with your family members. Nothing can take the place of that! Hope you enjoy this oatmeal bar cookie with the dates and nuts as much as we do. Thanks for your 5 star rating, votes and the share.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      It is no doubt that you are an expert in making a variety of delicious cookies! Like you, I, my mother & my grandmother all had good memories with siblings and cousins during our childhood times. Your grandmother and mother looked very pretty! Very obvious that you inherited your wonderful cooking skills from your talented family! Your instructions and photos are clear and helpful. The first and last photos looked very inviting and tasty! Rated your recipe 5 stars as it contained dates and nuts - I like an extra sweetness and crunchiness! A fetching hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & socially shared

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi 2patricias,

      This oatmeal bar cookie recipe with dates and nuts was always a family favorite. Hope you enjoy it as much as we always did and still do. Your Recipe Index for HubPages is such a good idea. Will be fun watching it grow and as you personally test all of the recipes yourself. Thanks for your comment.

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Very clear instructions! I really like your photos, and I am sure this is easy to make - it also looks delicious.

      I have added this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi rajan jolly,

      So glad to hear that you like the sound of this old family favorite oatmeal bar recipe. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting family story and pictures. Nice easy to make recipe with clear cut details and pictures. The oatmeal bar looks absolutely delicious.

      Bookmarked, many votes and shared on G+1.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brett,

      So happy to hear that you not only enjoyed the oatmeal bar cookie recipe, but also the family stories and photos. Thanks for the up votes and the share.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      I love the way that you have included the family story behind this recipe, very nice. The instructions are also clear and the photos really help to show the process.

      Thanks for SHARING, up, useful and interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sofs,

      These oatmeal date nut bar cookies are delicious! Hope that you like them as much as we do. It really brings back family memories for me. Thanks for your comment and happy baking!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Healthy and sounds like it is pretty easy to make .. I will try this maybe this weekend when I have a little more time on my hands. Thanks for sharing your family secrets. Have wonderful day..God Bless!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again jbrock2041,

      You are most welcome. Hope it helps!

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      jbrock2041 5 years ago from Park City, UT

      I like that. It's a unique way to capture our attention and brings out different thoughts.

      Thanks.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello jbrock2041,

      I italicize certain phrases just for appearance sake sometimes; to break up the look of the text, or for more impact. It all depends upon my reasoning at the time.

      Glad that you liked the photos and stories. Thanks for your comment.

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      jbrock2041 5 years ago from Park City, UT

      I had a question the other day about how many photos to include in a hub and people said it depended and to keep it simple and it's interesting to look at hubs to see how photos are being used in hubs. I love how you bring photos into your recipes and share with us family memories through a story of pictures. One question for you: why do you italicize certain phrases?

      I have never been a big fan of dates but this cookie looks pretty good and with the caramelized nuts I think I might just have to try them.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hanna,

      This oatmeal bar cookie which is an old family favorite is truly good. Have you made this same one or one similar? Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment.

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for sharing all you family with us. You have got my favourite recipe there. I love oatmeal cookies.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      Hope you get to taste these oatmeal bar cookies. Since you like oatmeal...you should like them if you also like dates and nuts. Thanks for your comment, blessings and hugs. Appreciate it! :))

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Peggy. How are you today? I hope you always fine and healthy....amen! I love oatmeal and I really liked this cookies as well. Thanks for share your old memories with. I enjoy all stunning pictures here. I must show this hub to my mother. I believe that she'll love your recipe. Well done and rated up!

      Blessing and hugs, Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello carcro,

      Nice to hear that you enjoyed this cookie recipe and trip down memory lane. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello cherylone,

      Hope that your daughter enjoys these oatmeal bar cookies as much as we do. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Om,

      Let me know if you bake these oatmeal date nut bars. From what you say, I know that you will like them. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Glad that you enjoyed reading about a few of my memories with regard to this delicious oatmeal bar cookie recipe. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Carrie,

      These oatmeal date nut bars are mouth watering! I can bake batches of different cookies and never even taste them once they are a tried and true recipe. Not so these!!! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ImChemist,

      Thanks for your comment on these oatmeal bar cookies. Hope you enjoy them.

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      Paul Cronin 5 years ago from Winnipeg

      Great recipe, just love oatmeal in anything. Thanks for the info and a nice trip down memory lane! Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello SanneL,

      Glad you enjoyed a bit of history regarding these family favorite oatmeal date nut bar cookies. When I was small, cutting the sticky dates into small pieces was a chore. Now they come prepackaged in small bits which makes this recipe so much easier to assemble. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lela,

      I'm not sure how sugar substitutes would work in this oatmeal bar cookie for those people who have diabetes. As you say...maybe just a small taste of one! Thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Adding memories with a great recipe, I think that is wonderful. I would like to share this one with my daughter as well. She just loves to bake.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      My mouth is watering right now. Dates, nuts and oatmeals....mmmmm all my favorite ingredients. Thanks for sharing the recipe and also your family photos. Lovely!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Hi peggy,

      Thank you so much for sharing thios gem with us. Again I bookmark plus vote up.

      Very well presented and so nice to see your photos and hear of your memories.

      Take care and have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi peggy!! this oatmeal delicacy looks exceptionally mouth watering.

      carrie

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      ImChemist 5 years ago

      Very nice hub with very beautiful pictures , thank you . rated

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Such a lovely hub!

      It was very nice to read the history behind these oatmeal bar cookies. I will definitely try them out. Thanks for sharing.

      Bookmarked, voted up and useful!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello moonlake,

      Short synopsis to be sure regarding my childhood in Wisconsin. I loved it there! These oatmeal bar cookies are good. Maybe you'll give them a try? Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi oceansnsunsets,

      So often family memories are tied in with food memories as well. Happy to hear that you enjoyed the photos as well as recipe of this oatmeal bar cookie. Thanks for your comment.

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I think cookies are the best kind of food. Unfortunately, not for diabetics. Although with this much fiber, I could probably eat just one little one :-)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      These look so good. Enjoyed your story of your life in WI.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Peggy, what a great hub this is! I loved all the photos and the recipe as well. What a treasure for sure, thank you so much for sharing it. What a blessing to have such things to remember and pass on as well.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vasantha T k,

      Thanks for your comment on this oatmeal bar cookie recipe. Appreciate it. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Some of these oatmeal bar cookies have your name on them! Think that I may have to make more since this is one of the smaller batches of cookies that I have made for gift giving purposes. At least you see how easy they are to make. Thanks for your comment.

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      vasantha T k 5 years ago

      great recipe and pictures voted interesting. good luck

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello plinka,

      I am grateful to my cousin Bill who remembered and asked for this recipe. Since I was in a cooking baking mode anyway, I decided to go ahead and make it instead of just sending the recipe to him. It is as delicious as I remembered. Hope you enjoy this oatmeal bar cookie as much as we do. Thanks for your comment and votes!

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great hub Peggy. I am looking forward to tasting these delicious oatmeal bar cookes from your grandmother's cookie recipes. Great photos of your family members and instructions on making delicious oatmeal bar cookies. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I will add it to my collection of recipes.

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      plinka 5 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      Awesome hub and recipe! Well written and nice, the step-by-step photo instructions are easy to follow. I love that you shared your family background with us, it makes your hub unique and special. I've bookmarked it too, I have most of the ingredients at home, so I may try it this weekend. This is a scrumptious winter cake recipe because of nuts, oatmeal and dates. Voted up and shared!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Deerwhisperer,

      Hope you bake and taste these oatmeal bar cookies for yourself someday. They are indeed yummie! Thanks for your comment.

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      Brenda Krupnow 5 years ago from Bradenton, Florida

      Yummie!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Glad that you liked the background and some photos behind this oatmeal bar cookie recipe. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Au fait,

      Nice to hear that you think you may try making these oatmeal date nut square cookies. So...we both originally came from Wisconsin and are now both living in Texas. Quite a coincidence. Where in Wisconsin did you live? Thanks for your comment and votes. Appreciate it!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I've bookmarked this Hub, so I can go back and take another look at your recipes. I enjoyed the photos of your family very much. Thanks for sharing.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      I have so little time for anything, but this recipe does look so delicious! I'm saving it and hoping to try it over Christmas. And I love your pictures of elder relatives. I have some of those from my own family and it's so nice to have them to look back. Interesting too that y'all are originally from Wisconsin. I am too! And now living in the DFW area.

      This was a great hub and I know people are going to love the Date Bars and reading about your family, etc.

      Voting you UP and you're my first awesome!