Homemade Date Squares are so melt in your mouth delicious!  Am I right?


All of that buttery date filling sandwiched between delicious brown sugar, flour and more butter!

homemade date squares on a plate with one date square close up

This easy Date Square Recipe is even better than the ones you see in your favorite coffee store.  Just sayin.

Biting into a freshly baked Date Square can be a bit tricky.  That delicious crumbly topping full of buttery brown sugar goodness will crumble all over you, if you aren’t careful.    But that really does take second place to the creamy date filling that swirls around in your mouth with the yummy cookie base and topping.   Date Squares are definitely a triple layer of awesome goodness!  Also known as Newfoundland Date Crumbles there a number of different recipes out there.

A well-known Canadian treat – wiki says Date squares are also known as Matrimonial Cake! While there are lots of recipes out there – I like the one from Robin Hood – Ooey Gooey Date Squares, the very best date squares I’ve ever eaten come from this recipe that was created by my Grandma Snider.

stack of homemade date squares on a white plate

I’ve featured some of her recipes before, she was an amazing cook and baker!   This easy date square recipe will quickly become a family favorite.

Homemade Date Squares Recipe | Grandma’s Favorites
Author: Judy
Base and Topping:
  • 2 cups fine oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt and soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup shortening or butter if you prefer
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Base and Topping:
  1. Blend all ingredients together well, making sure the shortening is blended and split the mixture in half – one part for the bottom in a well greased plan, and one part for the top of the squares.
  1. Combine the filling ingredients in a medium saucepan and stirring often, cook over low heat until thick. Cool before spreading.
Make the Date Squares
  1. Press one half of the dry mixture in the bottom of a 9 X 9 square pan
  2. Spread the Date mixture evenly
  3. Top with the rest of the Dry mixture
  4. Bake at
  5. 350F 35 - 45 minutes or until top is nicely golden.
  6. Cool and cut into squares right away.
  7. Store in an air tight container.
  8. These Date squares freeze really well!
  9. Enjoy.