Date-walnut double decker bar cookie recipe (1972)

Date-walnut double decker bar cookie classic recipe (1972)

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Introducing the date-walnut double decker.

It’s a fancy new bar cookie that really shows off the delicious ingredients it’s made of. There’s a buttery, pastry layer topped by a moist, chewy layer filled with Dromedary Dates and Diamond Walnuts.

You’ll find these two naturally nutritious ingredients together in many a favorite family recipe — in cakes, cookies, candies and breads.

It’s that traditional flavor combination, Diamond Walnuts and Dromedary Dates, that makes this vintage date-walnut double decker bar cookie recipe so special.

Date-walnut double decker bar cookie recipe (1972)

Date-walnut double decker bar cookie classic recipe (1972)

Date-walnut double decker bar cookie (1972)

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1-1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped Diamond Walnuts
  • 8 ounces Dromedary Pitted Dates, snipped, or Dromedary Chopped Dates
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Start by making the Pastry Layer: 1-1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour; 1/3 cup granulated sugar; and 1/2 cup butter or margarine.
  2. Combine flour, sugar and butter and blend to fine crumbs.
  3. Pack into bottom of greased 9-inch square pan.
  4. Bake at 350 F about 20 minutes, until edges are lightly browned.
  5. Now for the top layer: Combine the sugars, eggs and vanilla, and beat together well.
  6. Sift flour with baking powder, salt and nutmeg, and add to first mixture.
  7. Stir in Diamond Walnuts and Dromedary Dates.
  8. Turn batter into pan over hot baked pastry layer.
  9. Bake at 350 F about 20 minutes longer.
  10. Cool in pan, sprinkle top with powdered sugar, then cut into bars.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 5g

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2 Responses

  1. I am sooooooooooooooo happy to find this recipe..I make it a few times a year but esp at holiday time. Misplaced it and have been taking the house apart looking for it. Hooray for finding it here. Thanks.

  2. I cut this recipe out of a magazine in 1971. Made it many many times, but through life somehow lost track of it and here it is again. My same husband from so long ago is still my husband and loves these. I am going to make them tomorrow.

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