Date square

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Date squares
Date squares.jpg
Date squares on a plastic plate
Alternative namesMatrimonial cake, date crumbles
Place of originCanada
Main ingredientsDates, oatmeal

A date square is a Canadian dessert or bar cookie made of cooked dates with an oatmeal crumb topping.[1][2] In Western Canada it is known as matrimonial cake.[3] In Eastern Canada it can also be known as date crumbles.[4] However, a brief poll indicates most Canadians are completely unaware of this. It is often found in coffee shops as a sweet snack food. Sometimes nuts are added to the base layer or crumb topping, or other alterations.[5] There can also be candied peel added to the date stuffing for a contrasting texture.[6]


The date square is known as a traditional dish of Newfoundland.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Old-fashioned date squares".
  2. ^ "Best Ever Date Bars With Crumbly Oat Crust".
  3. ^ "Matrimonial Cake".
  4. ^ "Date Crumbles". 4 October 2007.
  5. ^ "Starbucks Blueberry Oat Bars".
  6. ^ Network, The FOURnet Information. "Date And Nut Squares - Recipe -".
  7. ^ "Newfoundland Date Squares". 3 February 2017.