Christmas Baking: Date squares

Growing up, his grandmother's date squares were one of my dad's favourite treats. These super sweet goodies were also one of my favourites. We now make three pans of them; one for each household, and they all quickly disappear!

Oatmeal Date Cake (Date Squares)

2 cups oatmeal
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup lard (shortening)
1/2 cup sour milk
1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix all together. Split in two. Press half into bottom of 13x9x2 inch pan. Spread filling. Put rest on top.

Filling:
1 lb dates
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water

Boil until mushy.

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