Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan, room temperature

  2. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder

  4. 1 teaspoon salt

  5. 1 cup packed light-brown sugar

  6. 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  7. 2 large eggs

  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  9. 3/4 cup chopped pitted dates

  10. 3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of the pan; place it in the pan, then butter the paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Stir in dates and nuts.

  3. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely on a wire rack. Run a knife around edges to loosen, then cut it into bars using a serrated knife. To cut the baked dough into 18 bars, make 3 cuts horizontally and 6 cuts vertically.


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