Date Bars


8 Ounce Package of Dates,Cut Fine
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Hot Water
Salt, to Taste
3 Cups Oatmeal
1 Cup Crisco
2 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt


Combine dates, sugar, and hot water. Boil until mushy and add salt to taste.

Mix together remaining ingredients as for pastry. Pat 3/4 of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet pan. Save 1 cup for topping.

Save 1 cup of dry mixture for topping.

Spread date mixture over top of crust and sprinkle with reserved dry mix. Pat down gently with a spoon.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.