Date Bars and Giveaway Pro Bar winner

 You know . . .

Some things are never forgotten.

They remain tucked in that region of the brain labeled – “Oh . . . this is my favorite dessert” part of the brain.

You know – you have that region too.

Betty Crocker I’m mad at you!

Date Bars used to be a convenient, easy mix found in all grocery stores.

I grew up on this box mix . . . we topped it with Cool Whip or Whipped Cream.

One box was never enough.

Betty Crocker . . . I’m still mad at you . . . so is my Dad, my Mom, all my Daughters, all my best friends, my school teachers . . .

and

These make from scratch DATE BARS take longer to make!!!!!

Mmmm . . . it doesn’t matter how I stack them . . . they are still yum!

The Calorie count doesn’t change though.

I’m going to be brutally honest.

The box mix was still better, even though these bars are delicious.

Betty Crocker bring back DATE BARS and oh yes . . . the Lemon Pudding Cake.

It’s like finding the perfect lipstick and them they rip it off the shelves and put it in the discontinued bin.

ugggg.

O.k…..now to the lucky Pro Bar giveaway winner! 

You really are lucky, cuz they’re darn good,

and packed full of healthy.

ta, ta, ta, da.

You know how long they make you wait to hear the winners on . . .

America’s Got Talent

The Voice

American Idol

So You Think You can Dance

X Factor

and so on and so on.

Well, I won’t do that.

DAWN  of DAWN’S RECIPES . . .  YOU ARE THE PRO BAR GIVE-A-WAY- WINNER!

(I simply do not have your last name Dawn?????)

This is her awesome website.

dawns-recipes.blogspot.com

so,

If you know DAWN please pass the word along.  She just might not see this post!

Dawn,

I need you to click on Contact in my menu bar and leave me some info:

Your full name

Your mailing address

Which box of Pro Bars would you like to receive?

~

Thanks to PRO BAR and Thanks to all of you who left me a sweet comment.

I love you all!

~

Now,

Make Date Bars and write Betty Crocker and cuss them out!

BEG . . . PLEAD . . . for Date Bars to make a swift return.

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DATE BARS OR FIG BARS

Crust

½ cup butter or margarine, softened

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

Filling

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 cup boiling water

1 bag (9 oz) dried dates or figs –  chopped fine (1 cup)

Topping

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup packed brown sugar

3 Tablespoons cold butter (do not use margarine)

¼ cup quick-cooking oats

¼ cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. In small bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. On low speed, beat in 1 cup flour until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until center is set.

Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, cook filling ingredients over medium-high heat 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until figs are tender and most of liquid is absorbed. Spread over crust.

In small bowl, mix 1/4 cup flour, the brown sugar and 3 tablespoons butter, using pastry blender or fork, until crumbly. Stir in oats and walnuts. Sprinkle over filling.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until edges are bubbly and topping is light golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.

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  • Dawn - September 11, 2012 - 11:03 am

    Yeah, I won! So excited to try these pro bars. It’s hard to pick what box because they all sound good but I think I’ll go with the original blends. Thanks Jonna! Also thanks Pro Bar. I really enjoy your blog! It’s so fun to win 🙂 Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • KATHLEEN - September 12, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    Have very much enjoyed the recipes you’ve shared in the past. Till today. BOX Date Bars??? That is not not not “baking” ! That is (1) reading, (2) grabbing a pan, (3) turning on a timer…

    Oh also, I suspect that I wasn’t your only subscriber living OUTSIDE of the USA. We don’t even have box/can/bag of’s here (thank goodness ~ we are thus ‘forced’ to eat real food, no additives, just health and yea the pleasure to produce something fun & nutritious for our family/friends

    Good luck. I’ll keep cookin’ and bakin’ for realReplyCancel

    • KATHLEEN - September 12, 2012 - 6:47 pm

      Have very much enjoyed the recipes you’ve shared in the past. Till today. BOX Date Bars??? That is not not not “baking” ! That is (1) reading, (2) grabbing a pan, (3) turning on a timer…

      Oh also, I suspect that I wasn’t your only subscriber living OUTSIDE of the USA. We don’t even have box/can/bag of’s here (thank goodness ~ we are thus ‘forced’ to eat real food, no additives, just health and yea the pleasure to produce something fun & nutritious for our family/friends

      Good luck. I’ll keep cookin’ and bakin’ for real

      Kathleen

      Response Back:

      Hi Kathleen,

      Gee….I wish that you had taken the time to read the post! The Date bars I made were entirely from scratch! Every recipe
      I post on my blog …….is from scratch. If you were to look in my cupboards you would not find a box mix, except for an occasional
      cake mix for the “hurry I need cupcakes” in 10 minute moments!!!

      I take a lot of time to make sure that the recipes I post are edible. Yes, some of them are calorie ridden, and should not be
      eaten in excess. I’m 52 years old, and have raised 4 daughters, and now have 10 grandkids…..and I have taught all of them to
      “Get Off Your Butt and BAKE!”, and to stop buying processed foods and eating out! I do like to Bake from Scratch, and I do “eat some of it” and then give most of it away. I’ve also learned to …..”Get Off My Butt and RUN . . . to burn off the calories from all that Made from Scratch baking!!

      You didn’t read the post! I simply told the story of how my mom used to make Date Bars from a Betty Crocker mix. My Dad loved it, and I did as well. Guess what? I’ve posted several Date Bar recipes on my blog, and none of them match the taste or the memory of how good those box mix Date bars were.

      If I could find that Box Mix of Date Bars today…..it would be in my Cupboard. It was delicious. If that makes me a bad person, then so be it!

      I learned to bake from “scratch” at a very young age, thanks to my Mom. If you have taken the time to notice, there has been very little posting as of late. We plant and hoe and weed and care for and harvest a very large garden, so that I can bottle, can and freeze fresh produce. I rarely buy a can or a frozen bag of anything!!!! I make healthy homemade meals daily, and we rarely eat out. So I do believe that I Bake from Scratch!
      So again, if I could buy that Date Bar mix…….which I didn’t……..I would!

      Sincerely,
      Jonna
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  • Jackie B - September 16, 2012 - 10:28 pm

    OMG! I(we-my family growing up) LOVED Betty Crocker’s Date Bars! We always had them in the house and I learned to make them before I was ten. FYI, Betty Crocker’s website gives you the original recipe from which their box mix was modified. I haven’t tried them yet. I fully intend to. When I get some oatmeal. And some dates. ;D Also, I didn’t know what the other reader was referring to either since you only reminisced about the date bars growing up as I did. She obviously did not read your post. And I would NEVER comment if I had something to say that wasn’t nice. Thanks for your recipes!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE! - September 17, 2012 - 8:50 am

      Hi Jackie,

      Thanks for leaving me a sweet note. We also grew up eating those fabulous “box mix” Date Bars, and loved every bite!!!!
      JonnaReplyCancel