Occasionally my mother would make date squares when I was a child. I never really liked them then but I have learned to love them as an adult. Filled with oatmeal and sweet dates the squares are filling and tasty at the same time. Try one as a mid afternoon snack to get you through the day.
At this time of year I like to take picnics out and explore my home town. It’s great to have something sweet to finish off the meal. Peanut Chip bars are sweet and nutty and filled with chocolate chips. Their soft and moist but firm enough that they won’t disintegrate in your picnic basket.
For a change try using butterscotch chips in place of the chocolate.
Sometimes I like a small sweet treat in the middle of the afternoon. Instead of cookies or candy I often turn to dried fruit. Fruit Bites combine a number of popular dried fruits with nuts and seeds to make a rolled treat. For a change in the recipe substitute sesame seeds for sunflower seeds.
1 cup dried dates
1/2 cups cashews
1/2 cups dried apricots
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Put dates. cashews, apricots and oats in a food processor with the mixing blades. Mix on high speed until chunks are combined and the batter is of thick consistency. Batter will be sticky.
Remove from food processor and roll in a log in parchment. Chill for at least an hour.
Remove from parchment and cut in slices. Roll slices in sunflower seeds to coat.
Line a 9X11 dish with parchment paper. Layer filling evenly across bottom.
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp water
Mix together and add to the following.
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup raisins
Red and green candied cherries quartered.
Spread the 2nd layer on top of the first layer and freeze for at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. pull dough from dish and cut in half. Refrigerate half while you work with the other half. Cut dough into bars and place on cookie sheets. bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.