Matrimonial Bars & Tweaking

They say that change is good.  I often move things around in my home.  I stew over the changes for an hour or two . . . sometimes a day or two.  I go to bed, and worry about those changes.  Usually, I end up putting everything back in it’s place!

Have you noticed a few tweaks on my blog? I’m still working out a few problems, adding things and trying to get used to the changes as well. I should probably just turn it over to the professionals like so many others have, and have the whole site – re-done. One day, I might just do that.  For now, I hope that it is still helpful in some sort of way.

Some new changes you might see today:

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Now let’s talk about things of a more delicious nature.

Perhaps one of my best childhood memories, was preparing a box of Betty Crocker Date Bars with my Mom.  For years and years, it was my families favorite box dessert.  As the date bars were baking, the smell was glorious and we could hardly wait until it came from the oven.  Mom would serve it with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. We all thought we have died and gone to heaven. One box only made an 8×8 pan of date bars, and it was hardly enough for a family with six hungry kids. I believe we had one other favorite, and it was the Lemon Pudding Cake.  I finally found a great recipe to duplicate that as well. Both desserts took five minutes from box to oven . . . and they were both delicious.


I rarely buy anything in a box, but if these were still available . . . I promise, I would buy them.  Matrimonial Bars are Date Bars with a fancy name. I’ve tried several Matrimonial/Date Bar recipes now, but I do believe these are my favorite to date. The buttery crumb is perfect. The date mixture in the middle is very close to what I remember.  They are pretty close to spectacular.

My notes: Next time, I will possibly double the date mixture and let it simmer a bit longer.  If it simmers on low heat longer, it will give those dates time to break down and release their full flavor. Simmering will thicken & deepen the color & flavor of the date sauce. It might tend to be just a little more like that box of Date Bars I remember.  It’s actually crazy that the boxed date mixture was so good, once baked.  It was only this dry package of date stuff, that you add to hot water. I’m telling you . . . they were soooo good!


I clipped this recipe a long time ago from an old newspaper. The recipe says Hometown Recipes from Mildred Hennon – age 91

Mildred . . . Your recipe is certainly delicious.


I will say . . . the crumb on this home-made version is yummy.  It’s hard to quit pulling chunks off the top, as if nobody will notice.


I almost sprinkled the top with powdered sugar.  That what my Gra-ma-ma always did.  I got worried that you wouldn’t be able to see that beautiful chunky crumb topping though.  My Mom always had a bowl of sweetened whipped cream for the top of the warm Date Bars.  Ice Cream was my Dad’s favorite topping.

Betty Crocker . . . Please bring back the good ol’ box of Date Bars!



Matrimonial Bars

Recipe from Hometown Recipes – Mildred Hennon


  • 1 3/4 cup quick Oatmeal
  • 1 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup soft butter (no substitutes)
  • 8 ounces pitted whole dates (chopped fine)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine crumb mixture ingredients and stir until well blended. Press half of mixture into a well-greased 8-by-8-inch baking dish.
  3. In a small saucepan, stir together filling ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly and smooth. Pour filling evenly over crumb mixture. Spread remaining crumb mixture over filling.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. Cut into squares and serve when cool.


Try adding 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans to the crumb mixture.


  • Lynne - 03/04/2014 - 3:54 pm

    Hi Jonna,
    I’m kinda with you on the scrolling menu bar, but everything else looks great! You are very talented! Thanks for sharing such yummy recipes and beautiful food photos!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Patton - 03/05/2014 - 9:31 am

    Jonna, I could weep for joy! This was my all-time favorite treat and have whined for decades because Betty took it away from us. I cannot thank you enough for sharing this recipe, I am so happy. I have everything in my pantry and can’t wait to get to it.

    I loved your previous website pages best. Very sophisticated–especially loved your pear and signature–and inviting. You don’t have to improve on anything–your recipes are the best and if your gazillions of readers are like me, yours is a site that is always left when we start unsubscribing others. My vote is to keep the previous design; however, whatever you decide, I’ll still follow. I’m always filled with anticipation when I see your e-mail because I know it’s going to be something GOOD. Thank you for sharing, so generous of you to give us your best recipes.ReplyCancel

  • armymum13 - 03/05/2014 - 10:24 am

    Love stories like these!!!!ReplyCancel

  • colleen - 03/05/2014 - 5:54 pm

    haha, I read that too quick and thought it said TWERKING (like the dance Miley Cyrus does ) 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kathy M - 03/07/2014 - 5:13 am

    I used to love those date bars! I cannot wait to make these.ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis - 03/08/2014 - 10:14 am

    I have my grandmother’s recipe for those bars in her handwriting. I never made the box recipe, but her Date Crumbles and Date Pinwheels bring her back to me from the first bite.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - 04/02/2014 - 6:21 pm

    These are WONDERFUL!!!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 04/02/2014 - 6:35 pm

      Hi Tammy,

      I’m happy that you like these as much as we do!
      I still wish the box was available, but these are easy to make.


  • Tammy - 04/17/2014 - 4:59 pm

    THESE ARE WONDERFUL!!! I loved these as a child. Thank you for your recipe ReplyCancel