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- ¼ cup sugar
- 3 c cut-up dates (1 pound)
- 1½ cup water
- ¼ cup shortening
- ½ cup butter or margarine
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1¾ cup flour
- 1½ cup quick-cooking oatmeal
- 1 tsp salt
- Mix the dates, sugar, and water in a saucepan.
- Cook over low heat stirring constantly approx. 10 minutes or until thickened. Cool.
- Cream together the butter, shortening, and brown sugar in a separate container.
- Mix in the flour, salt, baking soda, and oats. (into the crumble crust mix, not the date filling)
- Grease a 13x9 pan.
- Evenly press ½ of the crumble mixture into the bottom of the pan.
- Spread the date filling on top.
- Evenly place remaining crumble mixture into the pan, pressing lightly.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 400°F, or until light brown.
- Cut into bars while still warm.