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Dream Squares

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Crisp on the outside with a chewy date or coconut center.

Dream Squares make the perfect late-night snack.

photo ©Kari Diehl, licensed to About.com
Whether made with dates or coconuts, my great-grandmother's "Dream Squares" are a perfect late-night snack.

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 46 minutes


  • *For Base Layer*
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 level tablespoons brown sugar
  • .
  • *For Filling Layer*
  • 2 well-beaten eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 6 heaping Tbsp. flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups dates or coconut
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Preheat oven to 350º. For the base layer, rub the butter, 1 1/2 cups flour, and 3 Tbsp. brown sugar together until crumbly. Spread 3/4 of the mixture on a greased cookie sheet with slightly raised edges, reserving the remaining 1/4. Bake 15 minutes until lightly brown; remove and cool slightly.

Meanwhile, mix together 2 well-beaten eggs, 1 3/4 cups brown sugar, baking powder, 6 heaping tablespoons flour, 3/4 cup chopped nuts (if using), 1 1/2 cups dates or coconut, and vanilla.

Spread on top of the first mixture after it is baked and partially cooled. Scatter remaining 1/4 of unbaked crumb mixture on top. Bake 30 minutes more (but check at 20 minutes for doneness); the top should be puffed and golden. Cool and cut into bars.

Yield: 36 dream squares.

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