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Date Bars with Orange Icing Recipe

1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup snipped pitted dates
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup evaporated fat-free milk
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted
1 recipe Orange Icing

Lightly grease a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan; set aside. Pour boiling water over dates. Let stand for 10 minutes; drain well.

Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and baking soda; set aside.

In a medium bowl beat eggs with an electric mixer on high speed until frothy. Add brown sugar and drained dates; beat until combined. Stir in milk. Add the flour mixture to egg mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in walnuts. Spread the batter in the prepared baking pan. Bake in a 350 F. oven about 20 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly with finger.

Cool in pan on a wire rack. Spread the Orange Icing over cookies. Cut into bars.

Makes about 50 bars.

Orange Icing: Beat 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons softened butter, Y2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel, and 2 tablespoons orange juice with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until smooth


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