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Dates Add Gooey Richness to Bars

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Dates and nuts give this bar cookies their richness.

Nutmeg Date Bars

8 ounces pitted dried dates
1 cup pecans or walnuts
1 cup sifted powdered sugar, plus more for garnish
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Put the dates and nuts through a food grinder using the medium blade. (Editor’s note: Here’s where modern appliances come in handy. Make the dough for this dish entirely in your food processor.) Add the sugar, eggs and salt and mix well. Add the melted butter, lemon juice, flour and nutmeg and mix thoroughly.

Spread the batter in a very thin layer in a greased 9-inch square pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

Cool partially. Cut into bars. Roll the bars in additional powdered sugar.

Makes 21 bars.

From “The New York Times Menu Cookbook” by Craig Claiborne

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