roasted cinnamon date bars

filed under: Brownies on November 19, 2013

Its Dessert Week at iambaker!  This week I am sharing five incredible and unique fall desserts that are a perfect alternative to pumpkin pie and would be an ideal addition to any Thanksgiving gathering!

Roasted Cinnamon Date Bars #dessertweek

Roasted Cinnamon Date Bars

I sorta didn’t know I was a big date fan until I made these.  But there was something about the particular date flavor that added such depth to these bars, I just can’t imagine anything better!

Date bars are definitely a classic dessert, and I admit then when I would see them at potlucks and in desert bars I would often pass then over for chocolate or cake.  But I was a silly, silly girl.  There is a reason that this dessert has stood the test of time.  They are a wonderful juxtaposition of flavor and texture and sensory overload!

Roasted Cinnamon Date Bars #dessertweek

I found this recipe on McCormick Gourmet and am sharing with permission.

Roasted Cinnamon Date Bars #dessertweek

While I would recommend these as a fun fall treat, I just know they would taste amazing any time of year!

Roasted Cinnamon Date Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Its Dessert Week at iambaker! This week I am sharing five incredible and unique fall desserts that are a perfect alternative to pumpkin pie and would be an ideal addition to any Thanksgiving gathering!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Roasted Cinnamon Date Bars
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Roasted Saigon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Roasted Ground Ginger
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 ounces pitted dates chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, roasted cinnamon and roasted ginger in medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat granulated sugar and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes or until thickened. Add flour mixture; beat on low speed until well mixed. Stir in dates and nuts. Spoon evenly into foil-lined 13x9-inch baking pan.

  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pan on wire rack. Sift confectioners’ sugar over top. Cut into bars.

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I’m always ready for a good, date bar! This looks great!

    • Amanda says:

      Really? Why does it not surprise me that you are totally ahead of the “date bar” trend? By the way, I just made up the fact that there is a “date bar” trend. 😉

  • TidyMom says:

    These sound wonderful Amanda!!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Cheryl!!

  • HeatherChristo says:

    oooh, I might be willing to give date bars a spin with your seal of approval!! they look lovely.

    • Amanda says:

      lol You crack me up. Love seeing your beautiful face!

  • skoraq cooks says:

    OMG, I am sooo baking these date bars 😀

    • Amanda says:

      You are so sweet! Thanks!

  • Liz @ Virtually Homemade says:

    Very yummy looking – and I love the old fashioned sifter 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Liz! I always love seeing a comment from you… you create smiles in me! 🙂

  • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says:

    I have not eaten a whole lot of dates but these bars make me want to go grab a bag and bake!

    • Amanda says:

      I know right? Dates are definitely not my first choice… but definitely a great alternative if you want something fun and different! 🙂

  • Mary says:

    Dates are wonderful. It’s sort of like rhubarb in that it has past the test of time and many turn there nose up at that as well. A simple date treat is to put a dollop of cream cheese on top of the dried date. Yum!

    • Amanda says:

      That is an awesome suggestion Mary!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Yum! These look great, Amanda! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Sommer!

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had dates, but I would totally try these and probably love them! They look really good! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Beth! Its definitely not to most traditional of ingredients, but can be a fun change! 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    I love dates so I will definitely try these. Beautiful photos!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much Kelly!

  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    Oh my gosh. Gimme!

    • Amanda says:

      lol I adore you!

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    These look delish! I’ve gotta try them soon!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks sweet Mimi!

  • Cat says:

    OK. With a few pounds of *last year’s* dates still in the cupboard, I *had* to try these; but I tried making them gluten free (for me).

    QUESTION: At the stage when you put the batter into the pan, should it be thick? Or thin-ish? We’re at high elevation so I added extra flour in hopes that the batter should have been thicker.

    We’ll see how it turns out – they’re in the oven. I nearly forgot the baking powder and had to scrape all out of the pan back into the bowl to add it, though. Hoping I mixed it well!

    Twenty more minutes will tell… 🙂

    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

  • vanillasugarblog says:

    Need to share these on my Friday Links.
    It’s a good recipe my dear.
    Sorry I’ve been so absent from commenting!
    Still love you though!

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