My daughters attended a small parochial school--so small that there was no hot lunch program. There wasn't even a lunchroom. So every day they took a sack lunch--sandwich, fresh fruit, and a cookie. I did my best to keep the cookie jar filled with homemade goodies. And sometimes they were even healthy!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 8-oz package pitted dates, chopped
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 dgrees F.
Combine 1 1/4 cups flour with remaining crust ingredients; mix until crumbly. Pat half of mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan.
Combine dates, sugar, and water in medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and walnuts. Spread date mixture on top of crust.
Stir remaining flour into reserved crumb mixture. Sprinkle crumb mixture over filling. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Cool and cut into bars. Makes 2 dozen.