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Oatmeal Bar Cookie With Dates and Nuts: A Family Recipe

I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family faves.

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Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup dates, cut in small pieces (they now come prepackaged that way)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts

Directions

  1. Start by mixing the oatmeal, flour, packed brown sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
  2. Cut in the chilled pieces of butter and use a blender to combine with the oatmeal/flour mixture until crumbly. Set this mixture aside.
  3. Combine and boil the dates, white sugar, and water together until thick. Take time to stir this mixture and keep an eye on it. It will become entirely darkened in color during this process.
  4. When completed, add the chopped nuts.
  5. Pack 1/2 of the dry mixture into the bottom of a greased 9-by-9-inch pan. I find that it is best to use one's fingers such as shown in my photos in place of a spoon or spatula.
  6. Cover this mixture with the cooked date filling.
  7. Add the remainder of the oatmeal crumb mixture and pack down well.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
  9. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

I turned the entire baked cookie out onto a wooden cutting board and used a large knife to slice across and cut into the desired shapes.

Below is the final product... and scrumptious if I do say so myself! This bar cookie recipe has a chewy candy-like interior because of the cooked date and sugar mixture, and yet it has a crunchy, delectable exterior because of the oatmeal mixture.

I hope you, the readers of this article, will enjoy this family recipe as much as my cousin Bill and I have over the years. Please leave a comment below if you decide to try out this recipe for yourself. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

Oatmeal Date Nut Squares

Oatmeal Date Nut Squares

Please rate this cookie bar recipe. Thanks!

The Genesis of This Family Cookie Bar Recipe

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to my cousin Bill on the telephone. He lives in Peoria, Illinois, and my husband and I live in Houston. When Bill and I were youngsters all residing in the State of Wisconsin, we saw each other often during the year. . .in fact, almost every or every other weekend all summer long and then at different times of the year, as well.

My grandparents and parents lived in the countryside of Oconomowoc across the field from one another and later even next door to one another. My aunt and uncle and three cousins resided in Madison, Wisconsin, at that time.

My dear grandparents had room enough in their home to put their daughter and family up when they came for visits. My cousins and my brothers and I always had a great time playing together. We rode bicycles, climbed trees, slid on boxes down into the nearby abandoned gravel pit, played jacks, hula hooped, had picnics, swam in the lake at my grandmother's house, and did countless more things together, as kids often do.

Bill and I talked about many things that day, and among other topics, he wondered if I had a copy of a cookie recipe that my grandmother had given to my mother and his mother. My mother is deceased, and his mother is no longer able to bake cookies. Fortunately, I remembered the delicious oatmeal bar cookie that he requested and decided to make it this year as a part of my homemade cookie assortment that we give away as gifts. This recipe not only features oatmeal as a prime ingredient but also includes dates and nuts.

The first three pictures above show my mother and my Aunt Marge as young women. They learned how to cook by watching their mother and assisting her when old enough. They both became excellent cooks in their own right!

The fourth photo shows my sweet maternal grandmother who was not only a terrific seamstress and homemaker but also an excellent cook. She preserved produce from my grandfather's large garden by canning and threw dinner parties that drew rave reviews from their friends who often came from Milwaukee out into the countryside where my grandparents had retired.

When I was old enough she let me help her clean and get her house ready for those parties. It was fun working alongside my grandmother. My mother often kidded in later years that she never got the same assistance in cleaning at home. There it was a job! At Grandma's house, it was a different story. I am sure that other parents have had the same experience. (Smile)

The last photo above was taken in the backyard of my parents. My three cousins are on the left, and my two brothers and I are on the right. My Dad had built the trellis and the playhouse also made by my Dad is in the background.

Here are some good tips for getting bar cookies out of a pan plus another recipe.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 19, 2019:

Hi, Rose from Florida,

Your mother-in-law's cookie recipe sounds like it would also be useful. Dates and nuts add so much flavor to cookies. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy the rest of this holiday season.

Rose Sharp (Florida) on December 19, 2019:

Hi Patricia, My mother in law makes a lumberjack cookie that was layered with cookie then the dates and nuts and cookie dough again. This is by far the easiest way to make a date and but cookie and so delicious. Thank you for your family recipe. Yummmm.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 19, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

I am sure that Jay will like these oatmeal bar cookies as long as he likes the flavor of dates. This was always a family favorite cookie for us when I was growing up. It was always part of the Christmas cookie assortment made each year.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 19, 2018:

Of course I am drooling as I look at the photos. My Jay has asked me to make these for him. His favorite cookie is an oatmeal cookie but he also likes to try new combinations.

Hoping once again that all is good with you can yours. Many Angels will find their way to you today ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 22, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

Some of the old recipes are hard to beat! I looked up flapjack to find out that it is something similar to a granola bar. Over here flapjacks often mean pancakes.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 22, 2018:

Love these recipes. My Mum made flapjack and I do occasionally

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 06, 2018:

Hello C E Clark,

I agree with you. These cookie bars are truly delicious and "healthful as cookies go." Thanks for sharing them with others.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 05, 2018:

These bars are delicious! They're even sort of healthful as cookies go. The oatmeal, dates, and nuts are all good for a person. Excellent any time, but they seem especially good for fall, bringing thoughts of crisp air to mind. I'm looking forward to when the crispness in the air arrives. Sharing this article/recipe on FB and posted to my "Cookies" board in Pinterest.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 23, 2017:

Hi Patricia,

It is fun looking back at old family photos and tying those memories together with recipes from the past. I hope you like this oatmeal bar recipe as much as we did and still do on occasion.

Hugs to you and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Better sign off and get ready for our guests coming at 2 p.m. today.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 21, 2017:

It is such fun to see the photos of you all when stories are shared. No doubt you go right back to the day it was taken when you view them

This recipe sounds like a great one for me to take to church for Sunday social hour.

Will be giving it a try very soon. I am drooling. Angels headed to you again this morning ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2016:

Hi Susie,

So happy to know that you like the sound of this recipe. Believe me...once you try it, you will be making it again. It is good!!!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on November 05, 2016:

Oh, does this cookie bar recipe ever look yummy good. Dates, nuts and oatmeal are healthy foods and baked together like this spells "comfort food". Pinned to my home recipes. - Kudos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2015:

Hi Brenda Kaye,

This recipe was always a family favorite. Hope it becomes one of yours also. Take your time in learning how to navigate this site and most of all...enjoy! When I started, I just wrote and knew nothing at all about how best to proceed. With time and some practice it starts making sense. I noticed that you have yet to write anything. Hope you start soon. Then when you comment on other people's hubs, generally they come back and read one of yours. You start building something that way...a hub at a time...and readers of your hubs. Good luck!

B Erwin from Texas on November 20, 2015:

I do want to try this recipe this year adding it to my recipe collections. It is very interesting recipe and one I will definitely keep and pass on to my family. Than you so much. I am new to this site and still learning how to do everything ugh!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

One of my neighbors just asked me for this recipe as she intends to add these oatmeal date nut bar cookies to some gift baskets that she is planning to make. Obviously it made a hit with her family when I recently shared some with her.

Getting some rain and wind today with the latest cold front. Will enjoy the cooler temps for this time of year. Stay warm and cozy up there!

C E Clark from North Texas on November 16, 2015:

These are delicious and perfect for all the holidays coming up, all the parties and get-to-gethers, etc. Sharing this with followers . . .

Hope you'er staying warm down there. Seems like we either have too hot or too cold. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

These oatmeal bar cookies are truly sweet and delicious as you mentioned. It is hard to believe that fall will soon be here. We woke up today to a wet patio and yard. Obviously it rained overnight. We are due to get more rain today. Hope your week is going well also. Thanks for the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 01, 2015:

These are so sweet and chewy and delicious! With autumn nearly here it's time to think about baking again. On a day like this -- 96 degrees -- it's hard to believe autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving aren't far away, but it's almost time to start up the oven again. :) These bars are perfect for so many occasions. Sharing this. Everyone who doesn't have this recipe will want it.

Hope you have started off to a great week. Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2015:

Hello FatBoyThin,

Too bad your son does not like dates and nuts. This does not make that large a recipe and once baked and sliced, it freezes well. I put waxed paper between the layers when freezing. Hope you give it a try! It is certainly a good old fashioned recipe!

Colin Garrow from Inverbervie, Scotland on June 20, 2015:

Lovely memories and photos, though I have to admit it was your Oatmeal Date Nut Squares Cookie recipe that really caught my attention - unfortunately my son isn't a great fan of dates and nuts, so if I do make this recipe, I guess I'll be the only one eating them. Great Hub, voted up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 26, 2015:

Hi peachpurple,

My grandmothers as well as my mother were all good cooks. I learned from them but mostly my mother by watching and assisting her in the kitchen as I was growing up. The recipes just got passed down through the generations.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 25, 2015:

This oatmeal bars are healthy, goid thing that your grandma can bake well, talented

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2014:

Hi Rebecca,

I learned to cook by watching and helping my mother but I never did master sewing clothes. At least I got one out of two! Ha! Merry Christmas to you also!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2014:

Hi Blonde Logic,

Please do let me know if the guava paste worked well as a substitute for the dates. Hope you can find the dates, however.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 16, 2014:

What a wonderful holiday cookie! I can only speak for myself, but we modern girls are letting some of the homemade talent our mothers and grandmother's had for cooking an sewing slip away. Merry Christmas, Peggy!

Mary Wickison from Brazil on December 16, 2014:

I have a problem with most recipes because I live in Brazil and can't always find the ingredients. Although the dates might be difficult to find, I will try some guava paste.

I will let you know how they turn out.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 27, 2014:

Hi Susan,

This family recipe was always a part of the Christmas cookie assortment that my mother made each year. Hope you like it as much as we do!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2014:

Hi Peg,

So glad you enjoyed this recipe as well as some of the background including those old family photos. Thanks for the shares.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Happy to hear that you have tried these oatmeal bar cookies and thanks for the shares. They are good!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 24, 2014:

I love family recipes and the stories that come with them. This sounds like an awesomely delicious - and even healthy - bar cookie recipe. Must try!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 24, 2014:

Your explanation was great and I loved the pictures of your mom and family members. I definitely will be keeping this wonderful recipe and trying it out for my holiday baking. Sharing and pinning on my favorite recipes board.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 24, 2014:

These oatmeal bars are the best! I love the dates in them especially. Pinned to Awesome Hubpages, and sharing with my followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Thanks for the pin. Enjoy these bar cookies when you get around to making them. They are delicious! :)

C E Clark from North Texas on July 26, 2013:

Came back to pin these delicious bars to my "Fabulous Deserts" board!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2013:

Glad that you liked this IslandBites. :)

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on June 26, 2013:

Nice hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2013:

Hi Gus,

Sounds like you like using things on hand and are a bit inventive with following recipes. I am the same way. Let me know how your substitutions worked out and how your buddies at work liked your taste treat. Obviously they also bring things to the workplace at times. Nice! :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

These oatmeal bar cookies do have a lot of healthful ingredients aside from the sugar. The oatmeal, the nuts, the dates are all good ingredients. So glad that you have tried them and find them delicious. Thanks for your comment and share. :)

Gustave Kilthau from USA on May 01, 2013:

Howdy Peggy (Peggy W -

I just finished making a double of your nice recipe, hereabove. No dates around the place tonight so I used 1/3 each dried blueberries, dried cherries, and dried "craisins." For good measure I tossed in a half cupful of strawberry jam. I remember exactly what I said at that moment - "Why not?" So, I needed a little taste of the rascals tomorrow or so, but I was after some bribe stuff for my buddies over at Medical Tectronics. It's a mutual deal. They bribe me and I bribe them back. Kinda fun.

Gus :-)))

C E Clark from North Texas on May 01, 2013:

These bars are delicious! Love them, and they are very popular with coworkers. Going to share this recipe again because they're not only yummy and chewy, but I think they're good for you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

If your guys like dates and nuts, they are sure to like these oatmeal bar cookies. Hope the ice has melted for their official first day of fishing. Thanks for the pin.

moonlake from America on April 29, 2013:

These I know I have to pin they have dates in them. The guys are meeting at the cottage for opening day of fishing season I may make these for them to take. That is if they don't have to push the ice out of the lake first.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2013:

Hi beingwell,

Yes...this is a hands on project when making these date nut bars. Hope you give them a try sometime. They are really good! Thanks for the share.

beingwell from Bangkok on March 27, 2013:

Shucks!! I love how you prepared those oatmeal bars. Yum! Shared!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 01, 2012:

Hi ishwaryaa22,

It is nice that you also have many good memories of times spent with your family members. Nothing can take the place of that! Hope you enjoy this oatmeal bar cookie with the dates and nuts as much as we do. Thanks for your 5 star rating, votes and the share.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on October 01, 2012:

It is no doubt that you are an expert in making a variety of delicious cookies! Like you, I, my mother & my grandmother all had good memories with siblings and cousins during our childhood times. Your grandmother and mother looked very pretty! Very obvious that you inherited your wonderful cooking skills from your talented family! Your instructions and photos are clear and helpful. The first and last photos looked very inviting and tasty! Rated your recipe 5 stars as it contained dates and nuts - I like an extra sweetness and crunchiness! A fetching hub! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & socially shared

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2012:

Hi 2patricias,

This oatmeal bar cookie recipe with dates and nuts was always a family favorite. Hope you enjoy it as much as we always did and still do. Your Recipe Index for HubPages is such a good idea. Will be fun watching it grow and as you personally test all of the recipes yourself. Thanks for your comment.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on September 29, 2012:

Very clear instructions! I really like your photos, and I am sure this is easy to make - it also looks delicious.

I have added this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 28, 2012:

Hi rajan jolly,

So glad to hear that you like the sound of this old family favorite oatmeal bar recipe. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 28, 2012:

Very interesting family story and pictures. Nice easy to make recipe with clear cut details and pictures. The oatmeal bar looks absolutely delicious.

Bookmarked, many votes and shared on G+1.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2012:

Hi Brett,

So happy to hear that you not only enjoyed the oatmeal bar cookie recipe, but also the family stories and photos. Thanks for the up votes and the share.

Brett C from Asia on February 22, 2012:

I love the way that you have included the family story behind this recipe, very nice. The instructions are also clear and the photos really help to show the process.

Thanks for SHARING, up, useful and interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2012:

Hi sofs,

These oatmeal date nut bar cookies are delicious! Hope that you like them as much as we do. It really brings back family memories for me. Thanks for your comment and happy baking!

Sophie on February 01, 2012:

Healthy and sounds like it is pretty easy to make .. I will try this maybe this weekend when I have a little more time on my hands. Thanks for sharing your family secrets. Have wonderful day..God Bless!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hi again jbrock2041,

You are most welcome. Hope it helps!

jbrock2041 from Park City, UT on November 29, 2011:

I like that. It's a unique way to capture our attention and brings out different thoughts.

Thanks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2011:

Hello jbrock2041,

I italicize certain phrases just for appearance sake sometimes; to break up the look of the text, or for more impact. It all depends upon my reasoning at the time.

Glad that you liked the photos and stories. Thanks for your comment.

jbrock2041 from Park City, UT on November 29, 2011:

I had a question the other day about how many photos to include in a hub and people said it depended and to keep it simple and it's interesting to look at hubs to see how photos are being used in hubs. I love how you bring photos into your recipes and share with us family memories through a story of pictures. One question for you: why do you italicize certain phrases?

I have never been a big fan of dates but this cookie looks pretty good and with the caramelized nuts I think I might just have to try them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 24, 2011:

Hi Hanna,

This oatmeal bar cookie which is an old family favorite is truly good. Have you made this same one or one similar? Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 24, 2011:

Thank you for sharing all you family with us. You have got my favourite recipe there. I love oatmeal cookies.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hi Prasetio,

Hope you get to taste these oatmeal bar cookies. Since you like oatmeal...you should like them if you also like dates and nuts. Thanks for your comment, blessings and hugs. Appreciate it! :))

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 21, 2011:

Hi, Peggy. How are you today? I hope you always fine and healthy....amen! I love oatmeal and I really liked this cookies as well. Thanks for share your old memories with. I enjoy all stunning pictures here. I must show this hub to my mother. I believe that she'll love your recipe. Well done and rated up!

Blessing and hugs, Prasetio

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hello carcro,

Nice to hear that you enjoyed this cookie recipe and trip down memory lane. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hello cherylone,

Hope that your daughter enjoys these oatmeal bar cookies as much as we do. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hi Om,

Let me know if you bake these oatmeal date nut bars. From what you say, I know that you will like them. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hi Eddy,

Glad that you enjoyed reading about a few of my memories with regard to this delicious oatmeal bar cookie recipe. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hi Carrie,

These oatmeal date nut bars are mouth watering! I can bake batches of different cookies and never even taste them once they are a tried and true recipe. Not so these!!! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hello ImChemist,

Thanks for your comment on these oatmeal bar cookies. Hope you enjoy them.

Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on November 21, 2011:

Great recipe, just love oatmeal in anything. Thanks for the info and a nice trip down memory lane! Voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hello SanneL,

Glad you enjoyed a bit of history regarding these family favorite oatmeal date nut bar cookies. When I was small, cutting the sticky dates into small pieces was a chore. Now they come prepackaged in small bits which makes this recipe so much easier to assemble. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hi Lela,

I'm not sure how sugar substitutes would work in this oatmeal bar cookie for those people who have diabetes. As you say...maybe just a small taste of one! Thanks for your comment.

Cheryl Simonds from Connecticut on November 21, 2011:

Adding memories with a great recipe, I think that is wonderful. I would like to share this one with my daughter as well. She just loves to bake.

Om Paramapoonya on November 21, 2011:

My mouth is watering right now. Dates, nuts and oatmeals....mmmmm all my favorite ingredients. Thanks for sharing the recipe and also your family photos. Lovely!

Eiddwen from Wales on November 21, 2011:

Hi peggy,

Thank you so much for sharing thios gem with us. Again I bookmark plus vote up.

Very well presented and so nice to see your photos and hear of your memories.

Take care and have a wonderful day.

Eddy.

carriethomson from United Kingdom on November 21, 2011:

hi peggy!! this oatmeal delicacy looks exceptionally mouth watering.

carrie

ImChemist on November 20, 2011:

Very nice hub with very beautiful pictures , thank you . rated

SanneL from Sweden on November 20, 2011:

Such a lovely hub!

It was very nice to read the history behind these oatmeal bar cookies. I will definitely try them out. Thanks for sharing.

Bookmarked, voted up and useful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2011:

Hello moonlake,

Short synopsis to be sure regarding my childhood in Wisconsin. I loved it there! These oatmeal bar cookies are good. Maybe you'll give them a try? Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2011:

Hi oceansnsunsets,

So often family memories are tied in with food memories as well. Happy to hear that you enjoyed the photos as well as recipe of this oatmeal bar cookie. Thanks for your comment.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 20, 2011:

I think cookies are the best kind of food. Unfortunately, not for diabetics. Although with this much fiber, I could probably eat just one little one :-)

moonlake from America on November 20, 2011:

These look so good. Enjoyed your story of your life in WI.

Paula from The Midwest, USA on November 20, 2011:

Hi Peggy, what a great hub this is! I loved all the photos and the recipe as well. What a treasure for sure, thank you so much for sharing it. What a blessing to have such things to remember and pass on as well.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2011:

Hi vasantha T k,

Thanks for your comment on this oatmeal bar cookie recipe. Appreciate it. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

Some of these oatmeal bar cookies have your name on them! Think that I may have to make more since this is one of the smaller batches of cookies that I have made for gift giving purposes. At least you see how easy they are to make. Thanks for your comment.

vasantha T k on November 20, 2011:

great recipe and pictures voted interesting. good luck

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 20, 2011:

Hello plinka,

I am grateful to my cousin Bill who remembered and asked for this recipe. Since I was in a cooking baking mode anyway, I decided to go ahead and make it instead of just sending the recipe to him. It is as delicious as I remembered. Hope you enjoy this oatmeal bar cookie as much as we do. Thanks for your comment and votes!

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on November 20, 2011:

Great hub Peggy. I am looking forward to tasting these delicious oatmeal bar cookes from your grandmother's cookie recipes. Great photos of your family members and instructions on making delicious oatmeal bar cookies. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I will add it to my collection of recipes.

plinka from Budapest, Hungary on November 20, 2011:

Awesome hub and recipe! Well written and nice, the step-by-step photo instructions are easy to follow. I love that you shared your family background with us, it makes your hub unique and special. I've bookmarked it too, I have most of the ingredients at home, so I may try it this weekend. This is a scrumptious winter cake recipe because of nuts, oatmeal and dates. Voted up and shared!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2011:

Hello Deerwhisperer,

Hope you bake and taste these oatmeal bar cookies for yourself someday. They are indeed yummie! Thanks for your comment.

Brenda K Krupnow from Ravenden, AR on November 19, 2011:

Yummie!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2011:

Hi Mary,

Glad that you liked the background and some photos behind this oatmeal bar cookie recipe. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2011:

Hello Au fait,

Nice to hear that you think you may try making these oatmeal date nut square cookies. So...we both originally came from Wisconsin and are now both living in Texas. Quite a coincidence. Where in Wisconsin did you live? Thanks for your comment and votes. Appreciate it!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 19, 2011:

I've bookmarked this Hub, so I can go back and take another look at your recipes. I enjoyed the photos of your family very much. Thanks for sharing.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 19, 2011:

I have so little time for anything, but this recipe does look so delicious! I'm saving it and hoping to try it over Christmas. And I love your pictures of elder relatives. I have some of those from my own family and it's so nice to have them to look back. Interesting too that y'all are originally from Wisconsin. I am too! And now living in the DFW area.

This was a great hub and I know people are going to love the Date Bars and reading about your family, etc.

Voting you UP and you're my first awesome!